Types of Carpet Padding
Rebond pad (Best
Bang for your Buck!)
This type of pad is most common in the
residential setting. It is made from recycled materials, mainly from recycled
urethane foam and is multicolored. It is available everywhere, and in almost
every thickness and density. It does a good job supporting your carpet and is
This is the most economical choice for your home,
rental or office. 6 to 10 pound density is common. I prefer at least
8-pound density for residential homes and especially on stairs. 8-pound gives
excellent support for homes with active kids too.
Not all rebond padding is of high grade or
top quality. Every padding manufacturer offers several grades of rebond
padding to their distributors. Retailers have a choice of which grade of
rebond padding to offer to their customers. The main difference will be the
type of recycled materials used to manufacture the padding and the density
rating. The higher the
quality of recycled materials used, the better the rebond pad will perform.
Reputable carpet dealers always offer top
quality rebond padding to their customers. The price you pay for a good
quality padding may be slightly higher than at the shady discount carpet store
down the street, however you should never skimp when it comes to buying a good
quality padding to go underneath your good quality carpet.
Grade of Padding you select must MATCH the Grade of Carpet
you select. If you buy a carpet designed to last 15 years, then you
must buy a padding that is designed to last at least 15 years. The
question is, how will you know what grade of carpet or padding you are
Cost for a 6 to 8-pound density rebond pad is about $3.50 - $5.50 per
square yard or about 39 to 45 cents per square foot.
This type of pad is often very inexpensive
and lightweight. If a retail store tries to give you free pad with your carpet
purchase, this is usually what they plan to give you. This type of padding
will not tolerate much traffic.
It will soon become completely flat as a
pancake after a year or so and is not a good choice for a residential setting. This
is often used in apartment settings where the carpet life span is less than 3
Not made of recycled materials, this type of
pad is called prime or virgin urethane. It's a better grade of foam pad
(frothed foam) that could be a good choice for the home. It is made of very
dense urethane (polyurethane).
It is designed primarily for commercial
applications, but is becoming more common in residential applications. The
cost more than a standard rebond and not a common choice among homeowners.
Wool or fiber pad, synthetic
These types of natural wool or synthetic pads
are used primarily for Berbers and commercial carpets. They are very dense,
breathe well, and are not spongy at all. They are made from recycled or
shredded fabrics or natural wool.
They are designed to support and allow
looped Berbers and commercial carpets to wear well in heavy traffic
situations, and to prevent these types of carpets from stretching out and
A synthetic fiber pad is also a great choice for
basements with concrete floors as it breathes well, resists mold and mildew
and has anti-microbial properties.
Rubber pad (waffle) or
Rubber slab (flat)
I seldom recommend using a rubber waffle pad in
residential applications. Rebond pad is a much more economical choice and it
does a great job at supporting your carpet as long the correct thickness and
density is selected. Rubber slab padding is often used in commercial
applications over concrete. Rubber padding density is usually rated in
ounces instead or pounds.
carpet pads for pet urine problems:
barrier pads, odor eating pads, pet odor pads, baking soda pads)
Some carpet salespeople may try to convince you
to upgrade your order with a specialty pad that has claims of being able to
eliminate odors or have a moisture barrier surface that will help with pet
accidents. I don't generally recommend these type of pads and suggest you
avoid the extra expense. I believe it will just cost you more money and not
solve or diminish your pet accident problems.
If you have a pet urine / accident
problem there is no padding on the market today that I know of, that will
solve your problem. Spending more money on a specialty pad will likely not
reduce the severity of your pet accident problem. Sorry!
that extend the new Carpet Warranty
assume a specialty pad will solve your moisture problems!
If you have a moisture problem
with your concrete slab or in your
basement, installing a moisture barrier padding will not protect you from the dangers
of mold and mildew. Don't be fooled into thinking that spending
more money on a specialty pad will solve your moisture problems, it
just doesn't work that way. You need to address your moisture problems first and then select a good quality pad that is designed to properly support
your carpet and meet your needs and goals.
More: Selecting the Right Carpet Pad
What do I consider to be a Specialty Padding?
enhanced types of carpet padding are typically much more costly than a
standard Rebond padding. They may offer certain unique benefits for some
applications, but in most cases I do not believe any of these Specialty
Pads are a wise or necessary choice for most homeowners. I don't believe
there is a measurable way for a homeowner to effectively determine if a
specialty pad is having any worthwhile, positive or beneficial effect over the
lifespan of the carpet.
to buy a padding they say will extend your carpet warranty?
more about Pads
that extend the Carpet Warranty
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