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Choosing Carpet Padding

Carpet padding is often overlooked when considering a carpet installation, but it is one of the most important factors in prolonging the life of your carpet. 


People usually view padding as a means to provide comfort underfoot, but it is really meant to absorb the pressure of foot traffic instead of the carpeting itself. 


Better grade padding can even include odor protection and antimicrobial treatments to help prevent the growth of bacteria, mold, and mildew.


Continue reading to learn more about the factors you should consider when selecting your carpet padding.

If after reading, you are still unsure about which padding you need, our flooring company can help you with the decision.

Common Types of Padding

Bonded Urethane Cushion: This is also called rebond, and it is easily the most popular and widely accepted carpet padding on the market.


Rebond is made from reclaimed, high-density foam scraps from furniture and automotive seats.


It is measured in pounds per cubic foot and comes in various thicknesses and densities. 

Rubber Cushion: This padding option can be very heavy and very expensive, depending on the ratio of rubber to other filler materials. 


Fiber and Hair Cushions: These pads are best for high traffic commercial areas such as in restaurants, offices, hotels, malls, and many other facilities.


Fiber pads are also recommended for installing carpet over a radiant heated subfloor. This padding is measured by its weight in ounces per square yard.

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