There are three main types of underlay: felt, foam and rubber. Like carpet, all types are available in various grades and qualities and these can be matched to your carpet and the wear characteristics of your home. Ask our friendly staff about the options available.An underlay should be firm but comfortable. Poorly specified underlay will lead to stretching and rucking and may result in a breakdown of the carpet backing. As a guide, if you stand on the underlay you should not be able to feel the floor with the heel of your shoe.If you are replacing your carpet, don’t be tempted to use the existing underlay. It will have the same wear patterns that appear in your old carpet and these will quickly resurface in a new carpet.Carpet manufacturers’ warranties also require their products be installed over new underlay.
Airstep® Residential Underlay
Fowles Auctions + Sales recommend Airstep carpet underlay products. For the ultimate quality in superior carpet underlay products there is no peer to Airstep Flooring. With the most extensive range of foam and rubber carpet underlays they are the first choice of consumers and expert professionals alike.
Fowles’ team of approachable and professional sales staff are available to assist you in finding the right carpet underlayto suit your needs.
Selecting carpet for residential environments represents a signiﬁcant investment – colour, texture, style, ﬁbre, construction and budget are important considerations, but the choice of cushion is one aspect of the decision that can have a huge impact on carpet performance.
Airstep is Australia’s premier domestic carpet cushion range, formulated to make carpet feel richer, thicker, softer and more luxurious.
Airstep’s offering of foam underlay encompasses six products, five of which are for domestic application and one commercially orientated. StepLight, StepEzy, Stepeco, StepLux and StepMax cover every level of domestic requirement, while Stepsmart is a commercial foam underlay.
It also makes a signiﬁcant difference to the durability of carpet – it’s a fact that quality carpet cushion such as Airstep can extend carpet life by up to 50%.
Specifying Airstep carpet underlay will not only offer its users the ultimate in quality and comfort, it will pay off by maximising the carpet investment over the long term.
Airstep® Commercial Underlay
The speciﬁcation of high-durability carpet to handle the heavy trafﬁc ﬂows in commercial, government and institutional environments need not result in any compromise to underfoot comfort.
Airstep StepSmart® is made from high-density, re-bonded polyurethane foam and are specially formulated to achieve Heavy Commercial classiﬁcation in accordance with AS 4288 (Soft underlays for ﬂoor coverings). Its outstanding durability is complemented by exceptional resilience – it keeps bouncing back from heavy punishment year in, year out, providing superb and lasting underfoot comfort.
Specify StepSmart® for conventional installation.