Selecting the right padding – New Carpet Installs

There are many different types of carpet padding available today in order to accommodate all the various Carpet Types and Styles. Let’s discuss the various types of pad that you will encounter when shopping for new carpeting your home, office or rental property.

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“You must select the right carpet pad if you want your new carpet to last.. Learn what you need to know about choosing the best carpet padding for your home!”

Padding Specifications

A certain type of padding thickness and density is required by every carpet manufacturer to maintain your carpet warranty. For most residential carpets, a 7/16″ thickness is most common and either a 6-pound density or an 8-pound density will usually be selected. Looped Berber styles and commercial grade carpets require special pads of higher density and reduced thickness to prevent wrinkles and increase carpet longevity. Check with the carpet manufacturer to see what type of padding is required under the carpet you select.

Padding Thickness

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that a thicker pad will be a better pad. If you chose a padding that is too thick it can cause wrinkles to develop in your carpet. In most homes 7/16″ is the thickest padding you would want to select to keep the carpet warranty in force.

Padding Density

Padding is also rated by its density. Some pads have a low density rating of 3 to 5 pounds and are typically used in apartments because it is less expensive and will be replaced more frequently. Looped Berber styles and commercial grade carpets require a special padding and you should call the manufacturer to get the correct padding requirements needed to keep from voiding your carpet warranty

Padding used in residential applications usually has a density rating of 6 to 8 pounds, but 10-pound density pads are also available. Some padding are rated in ounces instead of pounds. For example, 128 ounces is the equivalent of an 8-pound pad. Rubber pad densities are usually rated in ounces.

Some folks prefer the 6-pound density padding because it is softer underfoot. 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.

The higher the density rating the more firm the feel is underfoot. The higher the density rating, the firmer the padding will be.  Firmer pads provide better the support for your carpet. Better support means a lower chance for wrinkles to form.

  • The higher the density, the more costly the pad will be.
  • Do not expect the carpet salesperson to choose the correct pad for you, it is your responsibility to make sure the correct pad is selected and installed.
  • If the wrong type, thickness or density pad is used, your carpet may develop wrinkles which is costly to fix and can significantly decrease the life span of your carpet.

 

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