Which carpet backing is ideal for what I need?
Carpets can come in one of three backings; Felt-backed, Hessian/Jute, Woven and Gel/Waffle backing.
Felt -back is now becoming extremley common within carpets. It acts as a replacement for underlay, therefore giving the customer an option whether to install/purchase underlay or lay the carpet with the backing straight on to the floor. Usually felt-backed carpets are made from polypropylene, however there are now some 80/20 wool twists which are now available in this types of backing. Ultimately felt-backing would be considered as the replacement of foam backed carpet. However, felt-backing carpets are more durable, since foam backing carpets disintegrated with time.
Jute/Hessian backed carpet can only be fitted if there is underlay on the floor. Carpets with this type of backing are never installed directly to the floor. The hessian/Jute backing carpets are usually extremely durable and perhaps have the same long lasting as the felt backing carpet. However, as the carpet becomes thicker and denser (heavier) the backing almost always becomes Jute/Hessian backing.
Woven backing is only found within Wilton's and Axministers. The carpet is produced on a loom, similar to that of woven fabric. Woven backed carpets are not necessarily the best carpets within the flooring trade for homes, as there is various qualities. They are one of the most common and traditional flooring available. Wilton carpets are made from 100% polypropylene and axministers are made from 100% wool. Once again, like hessian/jute backing underlay is a necessity.
There is also gel/waffle backing carpets. Waffle back carpets are usually available only in 2m width and specifically for bathrooms. Gel backing carpets are waterproof and rot proof, so ideal for all areas of the home.
Whats the difference in carpets…...
We understand the vast variety of carpets can be confusing and carpets can make a world of a difference within any room. This section will hopefully clarify any queries and clear up any 'carpet terms'. If you are still puzzled please feel free to contact us.