Carpet Professor            See Alan's free list of locally- owned & Recommended Carpet Stores Near You

   How to Choose New Carpet Wisely!

        Free Unbiased Carpet Buying  information and Advice for Homeowners

 

 

 

Homepage

 

Where to Buy New Carpet?

 

Carpet Professor Preferred Dealers

Alan's

Preferred

Carpet

Dealers

 

See Who I Recommend 

Near You!

 

Best Carpet For Dogs Cats

Kids & Pets

 

Search 

My Website

 

 

How Much Does

Carpet Cost?

 

 

Best & Worst

Places to Buy 

New Carpet

 

 

 

Read Over 200

Carpet Q & A

 

 

Choosing 

The Right 

Carpet Pad

 

 

How To

Measure 4 Carpet

Yourself!

 

 

Nylon Stainmaster

Smartstrand 

P.E.T. Polyester

Carpet Fibers

 

 

Free Carpet

Foot-Traffic 

Test

 

 

 Deals on new

Vacuums

 

 

Before You 

Buy New Carpet

Checklist

 

 

How To Select 

The Correct 

Carpet 

Padding

 

 

Buying Carpet 

at Lowe's or

Home Depot?

 

 

Carpet

Specifications Explained

 

 

Use My Free

Carpet 

Durability

Chart

 

 

NEW REPORT

What Causes

Carpet

Wrinkles?

 

 

Truth About 

Carpet Stain

Warranties

 

 

Why Do Carpets Wrinkle - Reason #2

By Alan Fletcher (aka) The Carpet Professor

 

Was The Wrong Padding Installed?

 

It is your responsibility to choose your padding wisely! The padding you select is entirely up to you, even if the salesperson didn’t give you a choice. If you agree to purchase the wrong padding, even if they told you that it was the correct padding for the carpet you chose, then YOU and only you can be held accountable for your selection.

 

I suggest you be proactive with the carpet and padding you decide to purchase and not rely solely on the advice of any carpet salesperson.

 

What Type of Carpet Padding Should You Purchase?

 

Different carpet styles require different padding specifications to make sure your new carpet warranty stays in force. It would be wise to check with the carpet manufacturer before you make your padding selection to see what they recommend.

 

Plush and Textured carpet styles for residential applications can have a pad up to 7/16” thickness and a density of a least 6-pound density rating. Personally I prefer at least 8-pound density to help support your carpet and help prevent wrinkles. Some carpet retailers offer a ½” padding and although it is thicker than suggested by carpet manufacturers, it is a common practice.

 

Looped Berber carpet styles require a thinner pad but a higher density rating. The usual padding is at least 8-pound density and a thickness of ¼” to 3/8” maximum.

 

Frieze carpet styles usually require padding with at least an 8-pound density rating.

 

The Wrong Padding?

 

Most homeowners like their carpet to have a soft feel underfoot. This is why most residential wall to wall carpet is installed over some type of padding.

 

In the home, carpet padding must be selected carefully and follow the carpet manufacturer guidelines for thickness and density specifications or risk voiding the warranty and developing wrinkles. New carpet can quickly develop wrinkles if the wrong thickness or density of pad is installed.

 

Padding Thickness

 

With most residential carpets, padding should be no thicker than 7/16” although many carpet retailers commonly use ½” thickness with no problems. However, an issue may arise when you need to file a warranty claim and the manufacturer required a padding thickness lower than was used.

 

Padding Density

 

Padding density can be rated anywhere from 3-pound to 10-pounds. The higher the density the more support it provides underfoot and the better it is for your carpet. Most homeowners prefer padding with a 6-pound to 8-pound density.

 

I generally recommend using an 8-pound density padding to get the optimum level of support for your carpet and to help reduce the chances of developing wrinkles. The difference in cost for a 6-pound Rebond pad and 8-pound Rebond pad is minimal.

 

 

 

 

Padding Types

There are many padding types available today and many are considered “Specialty” pads. By that I mean in certain situations your carpet or application may require that you choose a particular type of padding to help address a certain issue. 

 

Some specialty pads have a moisture barrier or are anti-microbial, or are made from wool, felt or various recycled fabrics or other materials.

 

Some pads are made from virgin foam and some are made from rubber. While rubber padding is usually really good, it is also really expensive. Dollar for dollar, Rebond type padding is the best value for your hard earned buck.

 

Rebond Padding

 

Rebond padding is a type of pad made from recycled foam and comes in various colors and surface layers. Some come with a nylon mesh on the top and some just have a layer of plastic. 

 

In most residential applications a Rebond type of pad is a very good choice and does a good job of providing sufficient support for your new carpet. 

 

Rebond pad typically has a lifespan of 10 to 15 years depending on the grade and manufacturing specifications.

 

For most homeowners who are buying a medium grade carpet, a Rebond pad, 7/16” thickness and either a 6-pound or 8-pound density will do the job. Like I said before, I prefer and 8-pound density Rebond type pad for most homeowner applications and that should cost about $3.50 to 4.50 per square yard. (Equal to .32 cents to .50 cents per square foot)

 

Free Link: http://www.carpetprofessor.com/selecting_the_right_carpet_pad.htm

 

 

 

Back | Continued

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visit Amazon.com to Download and Read My Carpet Buying Guide eBook - Just $9.99

 

 

 

Best Carpet for Kids Dogs Cats & Pets?

 

Have a Carpet Question?    Search My Website

 

Carpet Cost        Whole House Carpet Installation

 

Check out my free Carpet Durability Guide Chart

 

Carpet Specifications Explained       Best Carpet for Stairs

 

Finding a Qualified Carpet Installer

 

Consumer Carpet Buying Questions            Best Carpet Selection

 

Visit Alan's Best Carpet Cleaner Directory

 

Should I Buy New Carpet or Have My Old Carpets Cleaned

 

https://www.facebook.com/howtobuycarpet/

 

Best Vacuums       Types of Padding

 

Free Carpet Buying Information for Homeowners

 

Q. Should  I  Buy  Carpet  at  Home Depot  Costco  Empire  or  Lowe's?

 

Before You Buy New Carpet Checklist

 

Carpet Cost & Comparison    Carpet and Pad Price Chart

 

What Grade of Carpet Should I Select?  Lifestyle Often Dictates Best Carpet Choice

 

  FloorProfessor.com       Visit my Facebook page

 

 

CarpetProfessor.com    AbcCarpets.com    HowToBuyCarpet.com    CarpetSupersite.com    HomeFloorGuide.com

 

HomeCarpetShopping.com    FloorProfessor.com    CarpetCollege.com    CarpetUniversity.com

 

 

 

Where to Buy New Carpet? Carpet Professor See Who I Recommend Near You!

 

 

 

Homepage    ©2019  Alan Fletcher - All Rights Reserved. All content is the opinion of the author. Disclaimer / Privacy Policy     Email