The Importance of Good Carpet Padding

You’ve just purchased a new carpet and you’re ready to install it. Now what? Now it’s time to buy padding. Carpet padding is a sheet of spongy, foam-like material that adds a layer of cushion to your floor and plays a critical role in your carpet’s appearance and performance. Most people overlook carpet padding or opt to purchase the cheapest option available, but this decision can potentially cost you more in the long run.
Reliable carpet padding provides insulation between flooring and carpet, absorbing impact from foot traffic and furniture, which can lessen the stress on your new carpet. The weight or density of your carpet’s padding is more important than thickness. Density of carpet padding determines how well it can protect from foot traffic and heavy furniture.
Padding keeps the underside of your carpet from wearing against your floor and reduces moisture damage to your subflooring. Good padding over hard surfaces like cement or tile can provide comfort and added cushion for your feet. Padding can also make cleaning your carpet much easier and more efficient. When you have good padding, your vacuum cleaner can raise the carpet to remove more dirt and allergens.
Good padding also has a higher R-value, which means it has a higher ability to keep heat from passing through it. This will keep your room warmer during cold weather. The added insulation that carpet padding provides also dampens sounds and decreases noise pollution. This can be very beneficial for upstairs rooms as good padding reduces sound much better than with carpet alone.
Before choosing a carpet padding, keep in mind where you’ll be using it. Consider the traffic that room will experience and act accordingly. Areas where there will be heavy traffic will require thicker padding. When choosing padding, it all comes down to your specific needs. Don’t let a salesman who is more interested in taking your money deter you from purchasing the correct type of padding for your home. Contact Flooring Your Way, Inc. today for more information about carpet padding!
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