Selecting Right Carpet Pad

Selecting Right Carpet Pad

Selecting the right carpet pad or cushion can be just as important as deciding on a specific carpet style. Think about your lifestyle needs and the anticipated amount of room traffic. If you’re replacing the carpet in a high traffic area, such as your living room. It’s best to choose padding that is durable and can withstand heavy foot traffic.

Selecting Right Carpet Pad

Carpet padding is placed underneath your carpet. Helping to minimize the stress on your flooring and reduce noise for your feet. It also controls and minimizes stains from going into your sub-floor for easier cleanup. Below are some tips you might want to consider..

When selecting the right carpet pad, check the carpet manufacturer’s requirements for thickness and density. A general rule of thumb for most residential carpet applications is to choose no more than 7/16 inch thick. Indeed no less than 1/4 inch with 6 pounds per cubic feet density. If the carpet is a berber or a low profile carpet, choose padding no more than 3/8 inch thick with 8 pounds density.

The type and thickness of pad you need vary based on traffic levels and patterns. For example, bedrooms, dens, lounge areas with light or moderate traffic can use thicker and softer pads. Living and family rooms, hallways, stairs require thinner, firmer pads.

The wrong carpet pads can negatively affect the carpet in several ways including:

  • diminished appearance
  • wrinkling and buckling
  • separation of the carpet seams
  • and breakdown of the carpet structure itself.

Improper padding selection also may void any applicable carpet manufacturer’s warranties.

A Quick Guide on Selecting Right Carpet Pad

Residential cut pile, cut- loop, or high-level loop carpet requires a resilient, firm pad with a thickness of 7/16 inch and no less than 1/4 inch with 6 pounds per cubic feet density. Types of carpet pads may be various polyurethane foams, including the very common bonded foam product often referred to as “rebond,” fiber, or rubber.

Berber carpet or thinner loop or cut pile carpet is made with large, wide loops, and it has been found that a stable, low-flexing, pads foundation is necessary. A thicker, softer pad/cushion is not acceptable. Its thickness should not exceed 3/8 inch for these type products. Again, check with the carpet manufacturer to see if a specific pad is required.

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