Under every residential carpet, you’ll find carpet padding. In addition to providing extra comfort underfoot, carpet padding serves other necessary purposes and should not be skimped on. The primary reason for carpet padding is to absorb the abuse your carpet will endure daily, thereby extending the life and look of your carpet. Surprisingly, the best performing carpet cushion actually provides less comfort under foot, but extends the life of the carpet installation by absorbing the abuse. Here are all the reasons carpet padding is necessary:
Provides Thermal & Sound Insulation
Carpet padding stops the drafts that can seep through some porous carpeting. Carpet padding also dampens sound. This is especially important for upstairs rooms, but even in a basement, a pad reduces sound more than a carpet alone.
Increases the Life of Your Rug
Carpet padding increases the life of your rug by protecting it from shifting and rubbing on the bottom, which will cause a lot of friction and can result in a prematurely-aged rug. Placing a rug pad between the floor and your rug will help to lessen this damage and make your rug last longer.
Increases the Life of Your Floor
Over time, damage to your floor can be caused by collections of dirt and grime underneath your rug. These small abrasions can scratch your hardwood floors or wear down carpeting. Rug pads also help to prevent dyes from rugs staining carpet when there is a spill.
Makes Cleaning More Efficient
Carpet padding makes cleaning your carpet more efficient. When you have padding, your vacuum cleaner can raise the carpet slightly and remove more dirt.
Carpet padding provides a more cushioned walking surface. A softer feel underfoot, however, does not equal superior carpet padding.
It’s important when picking out quality carpet that you also choose a good quality carpet padding to enhance it. Before choosing your carpet pad, you should think about what kind of activities or traffic the room sees, and choose a pad that can take a beating if you think you'll be rough on it. If you stand often or have young children who play on the floor, consider thicker padding for more comfort. For all your carpet and carpet padding needs, come to PT Floor Covering ! Find out why so many in the Rhode Island area choose us for their flooring and wall covering needs and installation. Contact us or visit our showroom today!