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  • Writer's pictureJames Treble

Underlay: The Hidden Achiever

One of the main reasons carpet is such a popular choice for flooring is its comfortable feel under out feet. Perfect in bedrooms, where we often walk on bare feet, carpet is also the perfect choice to protect your home from the cold seeping up through the floor, as well as to insulate noise which can travel through the floor from one level to the one below. But before considering which style of carpet is best for your home, it's always important to remember that the best results in comfort as well as sound & thermal insulation are strongly driven by the quality of the underlay.

Because it's not visible, this is one product that is often thought of as a secondary item to allow for in your valuable budget, yet as I always tell my clients, I strictly recommend the best underlay for even the lowest priced carpet, as it is has such a huge impact on the performance, quality and longevity of your carpet experience. Good quality underlay also performs very well over time as it won't flatten under your feet, or disintegrating, which adds unhealthy dust to your living environment, something I've come across many times when renovating.

Finally, ask yourself how the kind of underlay you choose affects the environment. What it's made of and when the time comes, where does it end up once removed, are both fair questions, considering we're using very large amounts of this product, laid every year all over the planet, both in homes and commercial spaces. So, if in the process of choosing your new carpet, I want you to query the retailer about the environmental qualities of the underlay. National flooring supplier FLOORING XTRA uses DUNLOP ENVIROTRED, the highest quality underlay available created by Dunlop in conjunction with Australia's leading environmental organisation PLANET ARK. This high performing product is manufactured using 90% recycled materials and even better, it is 100% recyclable. Therefore, it's not only of superior in quality, but it also considers the products full lifecycle.

Dunlop Flooring and Flooring Xtra are proud to be supporters of Planet Ark’s National Recycling Week and to demonstrate their commitment to creating high quality recyclable products, they donate $1 from every Envirotred roll sold. All Flooring Xtra stores actively support the 'Recycle by Dunlop' program encouraging the recycling of discarded and used underlay.

QUOTE: "Together, we are committed to reducing landfill and our impact on the environment".

Underlay is essential for the protection and longevity of your new carpet. This soft yet highly performing material installed underneath your carpet is a necessary element of your flooring and performs well to softening noise between floors and providing an additional layer of softness underfoot. It also works to absorb the impact of everyday use, allowing for less wear and tear on your new carpet, so its definitely important to choose your underlay product carefully. I strongly recommend visiting your nearest Flooring Xtra store to have a look at Dunlop ENVIROTRED first hand, not just because it's made of 90% recycled materials and is 100% recyclable when removed, but it's also a proudly Australian-made product, helping to support our local economy.

Recycling is one of the most important ways that Australians can help reduce their impact on the environment. Each year, Planet Ark runs National Recycling Week to promote better recycling practices, so, please visit and pages to see how you too can participate to support a better world.

National Recycling Week

James Treble is an ambassador for Planet Ark and firmly believes in sensible purchasing, recycling and creative re-purposing. James has 3 decades of accumulated experience in the Building Industry, Real Estate and Interior Design and regularly shares his knowledge and experience in adding value to homes through clever design & styling. Watch his free videos on YouTube, and follow him on Facebook and Instagram for more free information.


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