You don’t want to skimp on carpet padding just to save a few dollars. It is the foundation for the carpet. Carpeting relies on a layer of padding for support, strength and a bit of extra cushioning. You’ll definitely see the extra wear and tear on your new carpet if you pick an inadequate padding material.
Padding is made from foam and rubber materials. Carpet padding conceals subfloor imperfections and improves the appearance of the carpeted floor. It also acts as insulation to help control the temperature of your home, and it even absorbs sound to protect your privacy and eliminate neighbor noise. Most importantly, padding supports your carpet through years of use, since it prevents carpet backing and fibers from coming apart over time (which is called delamination).
Consult your carpet manufacturer for padding recommendations and advice. Typically, high-traffic areas require firm, dense padding. You might be able to skimp a little in guest bedrooms and other light-traffic rooms may need less protection.
It’s also important to match the padding to the type of carpet you plan to use. The Carpet and Rug Institute recommends a 7/16-inch (11-millimeter) padding with 6 pounds (2.7 kilograms) of density per cubic feet to support cut pile or cut loop carpeting. For Berber or thin loop rugs, look for a 3/8-inch (9.5-millimeter) pad or thinner, with 8 pounds (3.6 kilograms) of density per cubic foot [source: Carpet and Rug Institute].
Once you choose your new carpet and padding make sure you check the warranty for how often it is required to clean the carpets in order to not void the warranty. It will usually require professional cleaning every 6 months or 1 year. Give us a call at 3d Home Service, you carpet cleaning experts in the Phoenix, and surrounding areas.