The last thing you would want to think about when buying carpeting is the pads that should be under it. However, with the amount of work that pads do, you will realize that it is as important as the carpets. Pads help your carpets have longer lifespan. It also helps in preventing premature wearing and serves as a cushion that absorbs shock caused by heavy traffics in the area.
A good rug pad helps keep the quality of your floors. It prevents damages and keeps the carpets in place. It can also help prevent accidents such as a crawling carpet snagging the shoe heels of your visitors causing them to trip. Furthermore, a good pad helps to keep your carpet cleaner because it allows air circulation and allows dirt to be easily removed.
There are different types of carpet pads including rubber, felt, urethane and a combination of the three. A memory foam carpet pad is also available in the market. Pad quality differs from one on to the other. However, the type of pad you need at home will depend on what you really need.
If you are out to shop for a new carpet, read the warranty labels as there are some pads that offer lifetime warranty upon installation. Take note that you cannot have a new carpet laid on an old rug pad. This will get the new carpet bubble causing a bad look.
The density of your pad plays a bigger role in keeping the lifespan of your carpet longer. High traffic areas need to have cushion density of about 21 lbs. per cubic foot. Meanwhile, low traffic areas can make use of pads having 6 to 8 lbs. per cubic foot density.
Rug pads that are less dense usually get the surface of the carpet worn or torn off. Meanwhile, denser pads give your feet a more comfortable feeling. You can always check the manufacturer’s label for the recommended density of rug pads to be used for your new carpet.
The Carpet and Rug Institute suggest homeowners to use specific rug pad thickness for their carpets. The institute recommends using a 3/8 inch pad for Berber, cut pile or thinner loop carpeting. Meanwhile, residential cut pile, high level loop and cut loop carpets are suggested to be paired with rug pads having thickness not less than 1/4 inch up to 7/16 inches.
Most of us know that indoor air is more polluted with air you breathe outside. This is because of the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are present in most household products. You may be surprised that your carpets and pads have VOCs that contribute to air pollution. This can also be a contributing factor increasing allergens at home. That is why getting an eco-friendly pair of carpets and pads are also recommended. This will help keep the health risks down and help preserve our environment.
You can ask around for stores offering eco-friendly carpets and rug pads. You can also check on the labels. If it has the Green Label Plus or the CRI Green Label certification, then the pad or the carpet you’re eyeing on has minimal VOCs on it. You can also ask the store attendant for recommendations about eco-friendly pads and carpets available.