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Q. Is there a difference in 6-pound padding vs. 8-pound padding?
I am getting a home built and I chose the 8-pound padding, but will I be able to tell the difference when walking on it or is 6-pound thick enough for a new home?
Selecting the right padding is not a simple task and must be done right or you could accidentally void your carpet warranty. There are many factors to consider and you should not trust the carpet salesperson or retailer to select the right padding for you.
The typical padding rating system defines the DENSITY of carpet padding in pounds, not the thickness. An 8-pound padding is less spongy and is stiffer to walk on than a 6-pound pad, which is a bit more spongier underfoot. 6-pound padding is usually dense enough for use with most residential carpet and falls within most carpet manufacturers' warranty guidelines.
More homeowners prefer the 6-pound pad overall because they like their carpet to feel softer and cushy underfoot. There's not much difference in price between 6-pound pad and 8pound pad.
In your case, it could save you some money to use the 6-pound pad since you are dealing with a builder. They typically force you to buy flooring through their high-priced sources and they get a handsome kickback for every upgrade you choose. Builder-grade carpets are usually fall on the lower end of quality so going with the cheapest pad is what I would do. You can buy a better carpet and pad after a few years and get something that you really like. Learn more about Carpet Styles
Hello, I need some information regarding what questions I should ask the seller of a house I am looking at buying. All the carpet is Berber. What should I ask them about it?
Having Berber carpet can be a big disadvantage for the seller and an advantage for the buyer.
Let me explain:
On the other hand, if you don't have kids or pets, and never plan to, then you might like having a Berber carpet. Here are some facts about Berber that no one else will tell you.
Most Berbers are made of olefin; some are made of Nylon (better). Some have large loops some have smaller loops (better). Some have no pattern and some have a repeating pattern (better). So ideally, to determine the quality level of this Berber, a good grade of Berber will be made mostly of nylon, have smaller loops and a repeating pattern.
That means if this Berber has
large loops (they tend to fall over, mat down and look bad), made of olefin
(a strong fiber but not very resilient), and no noticeable pattern, then it
is probably a relatively inexpensive carpet.
Best Carpet and Padding Choice for Family
I am a new homebuyer. I would like carpet throughout a majority of my home (including the stairs). My family (which includes a 2.5 year old and a newborn) walks around barefoot all day everyday. So we would like our carpet to be as soft as possible, but also very stain-resistant as well. Can you please help me figure out the best carpet and carpet pad for my situation? I would like the carpet to last 10-15years and I am willing to spend up to $30/yd. please help!
You really do need help because you are asking a lot and have a limited budget. As far as selecting the right carpet, there are a few good carpet choices that are within your price range that I discuss in detail in my Carpet Buying Guide. You must buy a durable carpet if you want it to last and you must follow my care and maintenance advice to the letter, but that's only the first step in a mandatory four part plan to be sure you get the whole job done right, including carpet selection, correct padding, professional installation and a good price.
Heavy Traffic Patterns
I’m so glad I ran across your website! We're getting ready to invest in
carpeting our entire house (about 2,000 sq. feet). My brother's builder
(consistent high end Parade home winner) referred us to his supplier and
buyer. He gave us a quote for carpet, pad, and
installation for Mohawk's Horizon carpet. It's kind of like the frieze' (I
call it a twist-short shag). I love it, but I do have kids and we show
Dobermans. I don't have a housebreaking problem with the dogs and they are
kept in our indoor kennel room 60% of the time, so they don't create
P.S. Half of my sq. footage is basement. Would this be a good carpet for a finished very dry basement? Would you suggest a pad over concrete for the basement? I have Berber now and I hate it! I want something more softer and elegant as we use it for our family room, den and office (dog kennel is there too, but I will keep the Berber in that room).
Wait! Don't buy anything yet! There is so much more you need to know.
The frieze you mentioned would be all right for you if it were made of nylon. I suspect the carpet you have selected
a good quality frieze will tolerate a lot of abuse, but only when it is made
from Nylon. A polyester (P.E.T.) carpet will mat down in a hurry,
especially in traffic pattern areas.
Day Care Carpet
I run a Day Care in my lower level. So the carpet gets a lot of traffic.
Was thinking of a Berber but was told it would snag if the children would run
toys across it. What would you suggest? We also use it for our own family so
would like something that looks nice (not commercial).
Looped Berber for you is a no-no! I know you say you don't want commercial carpet but your options are quite limited if you expect your carpet to last. I suggest you consider a shorter nap, cut pile, commercial grade carpet installed over hair pad. This type of carpet really looks nice! It will clean easily, last forever, tolerate a lot of abuse and it is reasonable priced. For the best price, stick with a basic style with no pattern. Learn more about How to Choose Berber Carpet Wisely
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