Choosing the Right Carpet Pad Basics
Choosing the right carpet padding is very important, almost as important as the carpet itself. A carpet pad can greatly lengthen the lifespan of your carpet, so you can gain years of enjoyment from your flooring choice. A carpet pad is also essential if you have a home with pets and children, as the pad will provide extra comfort and increase the durability of the carpet. There’s no reason you wouldn’t want your carpet to last a lifetime, so why would you skimp on a carpet pad?
When you choose a carpet pad, it’s important to choose padding that can support your carpet properly and is capable of standing up to your specific lifestyle. Extra padding is recommended in areas that receive heavy traffic, and extra dense carpet padding is recommended under stairs. If your carpet is going to be installed in a room that receives a lot of moisture, it’s important to choose padding that can breathe, so moisture is able to evaporate up through the pad and the carpet itself.
There are many padding options available when deciding on the perfect one. Specialty pads like odor eating or moisture barrier pads also exist, but are often not required. If you’re currently or plan on carrying out a flooring installation project requiring carpet, it’s important to ask your flooring provider about the padding options that exist.