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Carpet Padding

Carpet Padding


Installing new carpeting is more than just selecting the right carpet for your home. You also need to invest in a quality carpet cushion, also known as a carpet pad. This is a very important part of the carpet installation process as it not only extends the life of the carpet but makes it more comfortable, prevents damage to the flooring underneath, and can boost the overall property value. You just need to understand more about carpet cushions before you move into answering how to install carpet. 


What are Carpet Pads?


The carpet provides a host of desirable benefits. First, it adds some additional comfort in the way of padding. It also reduces the stress on the backing of the carpet. This way, fibers are not ripped out or torn as easily. Generally, every carpet comes with manufacturer recommendations as to the specifications of a carpet pad. However, you can always go with something with more give if you like a softer carpet with a bit more give. 


Carpet Underlayment


There are a host of carpet cushion varieties. There is a Scotchgard pad, a thicker foam (usually about half an inch or so) with a built-in moisture barrier and anti-microbial protection coating. This prevents the development of mold and bacteria. Some major brands do produce carpet cushions. Nike, the sporting goods designer, has teamed up with a handful of manufacturers to produce eco-friendly options made of shoe soles. Memory foam is another material available for carpet pads. This can give ample give, which is a plus, especially if you have sore ankle and knee joints. If you do suffer from joint problems in the lower part of your body, selecting the right pad can help, co keep this in mind when selecting a pad. 


Foam Carpet Padding


Beyond preventing the development of moisture and bacteria, different pads offer different support weights. Some are a bit more stiff, while others are softened. This is more of a personal preference than anything else. 

With a carpet pad, you boost your comfort level with any carpet while extending the life of the carpet above and the floor below. So before you progress into how to install carpet in your home, make sure you understand the actual benefits of a carpet cushion as well.



Contact Carpet One Floor & Home - Asheville serving Candler, Arden, and Buncombe County to learn more about carpet pads.


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