What Carpet Padding Should You Buy?

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We’ve been doing a lot of carpet cleaning articles as of late, but now we’re going to take a look beneath the carpet and examine the various different types of padding that are available.

There are plenty of options, so many that it might be a little tough to decide just which one is right for you and your carpet. But you may be asking yourself what’s the big deal? It’s padding, it goes under the carpet and you’re never going to see it anyway. So any type should be fine.

Unfortunately, that is incorrect. It does matter which padding you buy because, yes, that padding is going under the carpet and it’s a critical component tasked with holding the carpet up. Still confused?

Every carpet is made up of a backing into which the fibers are sewn. If you don’t have good, reliable carpet padding under that backing it can crack and break, which will dramatically impact the carpet and make it deteriorate faster than normal. This advanced wear and tear will start to become apparent, ruining the appearance of your expensive floor covering.

Before you know it, you’re purchasing brand new carpet and the prematurely aged carpet is getting pulled up and carried out the door. That’s time and money you don’t need to waste and you wouldn’t have had to if you had just bought the right carpet underpad.

Are you convinced now? Good. So let’s look at the different padding options available so you can make the right choice for your home and carpet.

Padding Choices

There are almost as many options for carpet padding as there are for actual carpets. But you may not be able to discern one from the next or understand what makes one better than another.

You have plenty of materials to choose from, rebond, fiber, rubber, foam, all of which might be the right choice or could fail you in your quest for the ideal padding option.

So let’s take a look at what’s out there, what makes it a good choice, or what makes it something to avoid entirely. Remember, this is the life of your expensive carpet we’re talking about here so choose wisely.

Prime Foam

Many carpet stores will throw in the padding for free when you buy a carpet from them. But unless you’re carpeting a room you plan to almost never enter, you should tell them to keep the padding and you’ll buy something that holds up a lot better.

Foam is the weakest of the options that exist and when you step down on it, the material offers little to no support. That means the backing is taking all of the impact of each step and that’s going to make your backing and fibers get worn down much faster. It’ll almost be like having nothing there at all.

Rebond

When you’re seeking a padding material that is low-cost yet resilient enough to hold your carpet up for the long term, rebond might be the way to go. You just want to be sure it offers the proper density for how often you expect people to walk over it on a regular basis.

But when you hear inexpensive, you might think cheap. Not the case with most rebond padding, but you do want to make sure it meets the standard of your carpet warranty. Otherwise you might void it.

Fiber

This padding is designed for use in unique situations where certain carpets need specific types of support. It’s true, not all carpets are made the same and some are more delicate or complex than others, which might call for a very specific type of carpet padding.

That’s where fiber padding comes in. Sturdy enough to hold up certain types of carpet and it’s so ideal in that regard that certain warranties may instruct you to buy it or else void the warranty.

Rubber

There are two variants of rubber padding, flat and waffle. Due to the material used in its manufacture, this is one of the best and longest lasting types of padding you can buy. Flat is the better of the two choices because it provides ample support for your carpet and will still react like the day you brought it home some two or even three decades later.

You may very well tear up the carpet you placed on top of flat rubber padding and lay a brand new one down on that same pad.

Waffle is the less durable of the two options but it still provides solid support for any type of carpet. Some homeowners will choose waffle padding because they feel it gives them the performance of flat rubber at the price of foam or rebond.

What Carpet Padding Should You Buy?

We’ve been doing a lot of carpet cleaning articles as of late, but now we’re going to take a look beneath the carpet and examine the various different types of padding that are available.

There are plenty of options, so many that it might be a little tough to decide just which one is right for you and your carpet. But you may be asking yourself what’s the big deal? It’s padding, it goes under the carpet and you’re never going to see it anyway. So any type should be fine.

Unfortunately, that is incorrect. It does matter which padding you buy because, yes, that padding is going under the carpet and it’s a critical component tasked with holding the carpet up. Still confused?

Every carpet is made up of a backing into which the fibers are sewn. If you don’t have good, reliable carpet padding under that backing it can crack and break, which will dramatically impact the carpet and make it deteriorate faster than normal. This advanced wear and tear will start to become apparent, ruining the appearance of your expensive floor covering.

Before you know it, you’re purchasing brand new carpet and the prematurely aged carpet is getting pulled up and carried out the door. That’s time and money you don’t need to waste and you wouldn’t have had to if you had just bought the right carpet underpad.

Are you convinced now? Good. So let’s look at the different padding options available so you can make the right choice for your home and carpet.

Padding Choices

There are almost as many options for carpet padding as there are for actual carpets. But you may not be able to discern one from the next or understand what makes one better than another.

You have plenty of materials to choose from, rebond, fiber, rubber, foam, all of which might be the right choice or could fail you in your quest for the ideal padding option.

So let’s take a look at what’s out there, what makes it a good choice, or what makes it something to avoid entirely. Remember, this is the life of your expensive carpet we’re talking about here so choose wisely.

Prime Foam

Many carpet stores will throw in the padding for free when you buy a carpet from them. But unless you’re carpeting a room you plan to almost never enter, you should tell them to keep the padding and you’ll buy something that holds up a lot better.

Foam is the weakest of the options that exist and when you step down on it, the material offers little to no support. That means the backing is taking all of the impact of each step and that’s going to make your backing and fibers get worn down much faster. It’ll almost be like having nothing there at all.

Rebond

When you’re seeking a padding material that is low-cost yet resilient enough to hold your carpet up for the long term, rebond might be the way to go. You just want to be sure it offers the proper density for how often you expect people to walk over it on a regular basis.

But when you hear inexpensive, you might think cheap. Not the case with most rebond padding, but you do want to make sure it meets the standard of your carpet warranty. Otherwise you might void it.

Fiber

This padding is designed for use in unique situations where certain carpets need specific types of support. It’s true, not all carpets are made the same and some are more delicate or complex than others, which might call for a very specific type of carpet padding.

That’s where fiber padding comes in. Sturdy enough to hold up certain types of carpet and it’s so ideal in that regard that certain warranties may instruct you to buy it or else void the warranty.

Rubber

There are two variants of rubber padding, flat and waffle. Due to the material used in its manufacture, this is one of the best and longest lasting types of padding you can buy. Flat is the better of the two choices because it provides ample support for your carpet and will still react like the day you brought it home some two or even three decades later.

You may very well tear up the carpet you placed on top of flat rubber padding and lay a brand new one down on that same pad.

Waffle is the less durable of the two options but it still provides solid support for any type of carpet. Some homeowners will choose waffle padding because they feel it gives them the performance of flat rubber at the price of foam or rebond.