Installing a new carpet? Then you should look into carpet padding types as well. There are more than a few types to choose from in different materials, densities, and thicknesses. In this post, you'll learn the different types of carpet cushions and the features that come with each.
Carpets work with different carpet padding types, and there are many types available in various materials and varying thicknesses. But before we delve into the merits of each one, allow me to first stress just how important the padding is in the overall performance of your new carpet.
A lot of people make the mistake of deciding on a good type of rug and then cushioning it with a cheap and inappropriate padding. Similarly, an expensive carpet pad paired with a carpet of inferior quality will not be maximized.
It is also a common misconception the main objective of the pad is to provide a comfortable cushion for the foot. While that is undoubtedly one of the perks of having carpet padding, the deeper purpose of the pad is to take on the wear and tear that without suitable padding, the carpet would have to absorb by itself, effectively shortening its life.
In short, your carpet, regardless of how expensive it may be, is only as good as the pad that is used to cushion it. Now let's proceed to the types of carpet padding:
Urethane foam pads are available in many different densities and thicknesses and for this reason, they are a popular choice for home and business settings. This cushion type is formed by combining two liquid ingredients which forms into a large mass foam. Prime urethane foam used as pads are firmer than the kind used in mattresses, automobile seats, and upholstered furniture.
The most popular of the common types of carpet padding is the bonded urethane carpet cushion. Also called rebond, this type is created by combining shredded/chopped pieces of high-density urethane foam from furniture and automotive industries, producing a solid, multi-colored foam. Made of recycled materials, rebond pads are eco-friendly options. One major drawback of this variety however, is that it utilizes a preservative called BHT or Butylated Hydroxytoluene, which can leave a yellowish tinge on carpets.
A more expensive cushion type is the firm and dense flat rubber carpet pad. With such a high cost, its market is somewhat limited to commercial usage. But then again, it can be a smart investment for a homeowner who has the resources since it is one pad that can definitely prolong a carpet's life.
Carpet pads should ideally be at least half an inch thick and waffle
rubber fits the bill in this respect. It is created by molding rubber,
natural or synthetic, into a waffled or rippled surface. Based on the
soft, luxurious feel that this type produces, it would seem like the
best cushion for home use. However, due to its waffle texture, the
thickness actually includes a lot of air which makes it too soft for
most carpet types. It also utilizes rubber held together by clay
binders this could slowly disintegrate as time passes.
Made from synthetic or natural carpet fibers meshed into felt sheets, fiber cushion carpet pads are firm, even to the point of restricting movement on the carpet and effectively limiting the wear and tear as well. Common materials for fiber pads are jute, hair mixed with jute, or recycled textile fibers. Concrete floors especially those prone to moisture, would d well with this carpet pad variety as it is mold- and mildew-resistant.
It's important to choose a good carpet, but your carpet pad choice holds the same degree of importance too. So before making that decision, take time to know the carpet padding types that will work best for the carpet you have in mind.