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Padding is the most essential accessory in carpet flooring because it enhances the performance of the carpet. Each
carpet manufacturer will recommend the appropriate padding for each type of carpet. Be sure to follow these guidelines as
failing to do so might void your carpet's warranty.
The proper carpet padding will:
Carpet padding comes in various thicknesses and densities and is rated by the cubic yard. For instance, a 6lb pad would
weigh 6lbs per cubic yard, a 9lb would weigh 9lbs per cubic yard and so on. The higher the density rating, the more
expensive it is. After 12lbs per cubic yard, the price increases dramatically with each fractional increase in density. Most
carpets will not require anything more than 12lb padding.
Like the name illustrates, waffle rubber padding contains a texture that allows air pockets to cushion the carpet.
This type of padding is available in various densities and thicknesses, which can make a difference in its performance.
Generally, denser Urethane Foam (sometimes called prime foam padding) can provide better cushioning, but can still wear
quickly with heavy traffic.
As the most commonly used padding, rebond padding is made from reclaimed scraps of high density foam.
Known for its durable properties, flat rubber padding does not contain air pockets for cushioning. It endures high
traffic and handles the pressure from furniture weight longer than other paddings.
Fiber padding can be made from synthetic fiber, recycled fiber, jute, or a mixture of hair and jute.
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