Buying new carpet? Wait! There are a few things you need to learn about carpet pad first. All-too-often, consumers head to their local home improvement store or carpet retailer, spending endless amounts of time, energy, and yes, money, choosing just the right carpet texture, thickness, color and even manufacturer, only to order their new flooring without giving the underlying pad more than a passing thought.
Choosing a good carpet pad ensures several things:
- Your carpet will feel more comfortable. Think about it. If you lay your new carpet directly on plyboard, or worse yet, concrete, what’s cushioning it? Walk across carpet with little or no padding and you’ll feel the difference! Carpet pad adds another layer of cushioning between you and the subfloor.
- Your carpet will last longer. There are a lot of things that can damage a carpet: furniture, spills, and even the flooring underneath. Even walking on top of carpet with no padding can cause friction underneath that will wear it away. Carpet pad helps to protect your new carpet from rough edges, nails, screws and other damaging things on your subfloor.
- Your carpet will look nicer. Heavy furniture can pit or dent carpet without a suitable pad underneath. The thicker the padding, the better your carpet can withstand the weight of your furniture. Besides, carpet with quality padding tends to stain less too. Maybe because the staining agent has somewhere else to go besides the surface.
As you can see, looking for a high quality carpet pad isn’t just a good idea, it is a necessity. Without it the investment you make in that new carpeting won’t last. It’ll wear faster; look worn before it should and feel downright hard and uncomfortable. Not sure which carpet pad is right for you? Be sure to check the manufacturer’s recommendations carefully and don’t be afraid to upgrade a notch or two to ensure the best result. Sure, it will cost a little more, but it will be well worth the investment in the long run.
Carpet and carpet padding go together in your home to make your flooring more comfortable underfoot, make your carpet last longer, reduce noise and help provide insulation. While the cushiony comfort of your carpet may feel like the most important reason for choosing particular padding, keep in mind that specific pads are designed to help extend the life of certain types of carpet. The right pad absorbs the impact burden, relieving stress on carpet backing and fibers.