Why Foam is an Effective Carpet Pad
Wouldn't it be nice to drift off to sleep and not wake up until morning? Is undisturbed sleep too much to ask for?
Tossing and turning is your body's way of searching for the support it needs for proper sleep.
Sleeping on a memory foam pad cradles every curve of your body, to
provide the support your body needs to eliminate restless nights.
With so many types of padding available these days, picking and choosing the right one can seem complicated – and expensive, and it sometimes is. But, if you stick with a general style like foam pad, you usually can’t go wrong.
Less expensive and fairly durable, foam pad is made from urethane foam. Offering both flexibility and affordability, it comes in lots of different densities and thicknesses, making it a good choice for the budget-conscience consumer.
Although it can be used underneath just about any grade, style or texture carpeting, it does offer one major drawback: it generally doesn’t hold up well in high traffic areas. Since a foam pad allows air to become trapped underneath the carpet, making it move, it tends to rub against the subfloor, breaking down over time. New styles are being introduced to consumers using more compressed cells to give the foam more durability under heavy use, but generally speaking this type of carpet padding is only recommended for lesser used areas of the home.
Still, foam pad remains a cheaper option for those unable to pay the high price of some other carpet padding. Whether you are looking at foam pad or some other variety, the important thing to remember when choosing an underlying carpet pad is whether or not it meets the manufacturer’s requirements to sustain your warranty; is suitable for the area in which it will be used; satisfies your comfort requirements and is affordable. Regardless of what your salesman tells you (after all, he’s trying to make the biggest sale – and commission – that he can), if you can find a foam pad to meet all of those requirements, than by all means buy it! Foam pads have been used successfully in millions of homes across the nation, so don’t be afraid of using this less expensive alternative.
Another drawback to low quality mattress toppers is that distributors lie about the density of the foam they are selling.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Graeme Stephens has been running the largest owned carpet cleaning company
in new Zealand for 24 years. IICRC qualified "master restoration technician"