January 4, 2022

Carpet Padding Buying Guide

Choosing the best carpet pad for your space relies on its density & thickness. Our pros go over a carpet padding buying guide that will find your ideal pad.

There are a few things to consider about your carpet pad. Choosing the best carpet pad for your space relies on its density & thickness. Carpet padding can not be overlooked when choosing and installing new carpet.

When installing carpet you may want to consider a thin rubber pad beneath it for added comfort and length of life of the carpet material. There are several factors to consider when selecting the right pad for the installation. If you have any doubts about this process we will carefully go through it with you making certain that you get only what you need and want.

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Density of Carpet Padding

Carpet padding is typically sold in different densities ranging from three (3) pound to twelve (12) pounds. Most of the residential home markets use carpet padding with a 5-10 pound density rating. Carpet padding with a density lower than 5 pounds is generally used in apartments where carpet is replaced more frequently. Padding with a 5-7 pound density provides softer cushioning than padding with a 8-10 pound density but you should take your living habits into consideration as well as the manufacturer recommendations.

If you have children that play on the carpet or you just like to lie on your new carpet to relax you may want a softer padding like a 6 or 7 pound pad. If you use a walker or a wheel chair you may want a denser 8 or 10 pound pad. The firmer pad will help extend the life of the carpet by not allowing too much flex in the backing of the new carpet. Also the wheels on a walker or wheel chair will move across a firmer, more dense pad easier and with less resistance.

Thickness of Carpet Padding

Select carpet padding that has a thickness rating that meets your carpet manufacturer’s specifications. Otherwise, you may inadvertently void your carpet warranty. Some other factors that will help in determining the thickness of the pad could be your existing flooring. Choose a pad that won’t make your carpet sit too high next to your other flooring or the transition from one area to the next could create a tripping hazard. Also, make sure the carpet and pad are not too thick thereby preventing your doors from opening or closing freely.

Berber or looped carpets require a thinner but denser pad than your regular tufted carpets. Most manufacturers will require your Berber or looped carpets be installed with a 3/8 inch pad. You can choose a range in density from 7-12 pounds depending on your lifestyle.

Carpet Padding Buying Guide

Recycled Padding AKA Re-bond Padding

Re-bond carpet padding is a viable, environmentally responsible option that is also cost-efficient. Re-bond padding is made from recycled urethane foam and other materials and comes in a wide range of thicknesses and density ratings. Re-bond padding is one of the most common padding styles and is available at most retail and discount carpet stores. Re-bond carpet padding is one of the most durable and comfortable padding for its price.

Carpet padding is fairly inexpensive compared to the other costs involved when remodeling your floors. A good padding can even make a less expensive carpet feel great, but a cheap padding will almost certainly have the opposite effect. You live on your floors every day and for a little investment now will bring years of comfort. Always ask your sales representative to assist you in picking out the perfect pad.

In addition to carpet for your floors we are a full service flooring store. We sell and install tile flooring. laminate flooring, hardwood flooring, vinyl, and linoleum. We offer a full range of discounts on flooring materials from soft carpet flooring, to hard surface flooring such as tile and laminates. We have some carpets that can be installed in as little as two days, if our schedule allows. We offer completely free of charge with no obligation an exact flooring quote so you always know in advance just how much you will be charged. Most other companies actually charge you for a quote. We take great pride and pleasure in having our own experienced flooring installers. Most other flooring stores have to sub-contract out their installation to other people. This means we are fully in charge and we completely stand behind each and every flooring installation.

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