Selecting the Right Carpet Pad
Alan Fletcher - Carpet Expert and Consumer Advocate
must select the correct Carpet Padding if you want your new carpet to
last as long as possible. Here's
what you need to know about choosing the best carpet padding for your home!
are many different types of carpet padding available today in order to
accommodate all the various carpet types and styles. In the next few pages I
will discuss the various types of pad that you will encounter when shopping
for new carpeting your home.
But first you need to know a few things about
what makes one padding better than another. Padding quality is determined by
the materials used to manufacture it, the density rating and the
certain type, thickness and density of padding is required by every carpet
manufacturer to maintain your carpet warranty. For most residential carpets, a
7/16" thickness is most common.
make the mistake of thinking that a thicker pad is a better pad. If you chose
a padding that is too thick it can cause wrinkles to develop in your new
carpet rather quickly. In most homes, 7/16" is the thickest padding you
should select to keep the carpet warranty in force. That said, 1/2"
padding is still a common choice and widely available.
folks choose a 9/16" pad for bedrooms to make the carpet feel super soft
underfoot, however it is getting harder to find these days. Instead, they have
the installer glue together two layers of pad to gain the same result. I don't
recommend doing this unless you know the consequences as it will certainly
increase the chance of developing wrinkles in your carpet and instantly void
your new carpet warranty.
Berber carpet styles and most commercial grade carpets tend to be more prone
to wrinkling and therefore require a special low-profile and high
density padding, usually 1/4" or 3/8" thickness, and 8-pound
density or higher. If in doubt, you can always call the carpet manufacturer to
get the correct padding requirements needed to keep from voiding your new
carpet warranty. Here is my List of Carpet
Manufacturer Phone Numbers and websites.
is also rated by its density. Some pads have a low density rating of 3
to 5 pounds and is typically used in apartments because it is less expensive
and will be replaced frequently.
padding for residential applications usually have a density rating of 6, 7 or
8 pounds, but 10-pound density pads are also available. Some padding types are
rated in ounces instead of pounds. For example, 128-ounces is the equivalent
of an 8-pound pad. Wool, Felt, Fiber and Rubber padding densities are
generally rated in ounces.
folks prefer the 6-pound density padding because it is slightly softer
underfoot than an 8-pound pad. However, an 8-pound padding provides better
support for your carpet and will generally make it wear better, especially in
high traffic areas like stairs and hallways. I prefer the 8-pound
higher the padding density rating the more firm it will be underfoot. The
higher the density rating, the firmer the padding and the higher the price.
Firmer pads provide better the support for your carpet. Better support means a
lower chance for wrinkles to form over time.
higher the density, the more costly the pad will be.
not expect the carpet salesperson to choose the correct pad for you, it is
your responsibility to make sure the correct pad is selected.
the wrong type, thickness or density pad is used, your carpet may develop
wrinkles over time.
Page Types of Carpet Padding
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Types of carpet padding, Carpet padding density.