Flooring & Roofing

Why is Carpet Padding Deemed Necessary

Oddly enough, when you read the word “padding” you might just like many others associate it with thoughts or feelings of comfort, and you actually are pretty much close to the mark. Carpet padding is used as an underlying supporting carpet pad for most quality carpets, and whilst many folk think that carpet padding is only for wall to wall carpeting, the truth is that humble carpet padding can be used under any type of carpet (or rug).

There are a number of carpet pads on the market and most of them are utilised to carry out three duties:

  1. To assist in absorbing noise
  2. Offer a much more comfortable surface to walk upon
  3. A lower amount of stress put on peoples back and legs when walking on it

This extra cushioning is important if the underlying floor is a solid material like concrete or something similar.

Three Different Underlay Classifications

Carpet underlay normally has three different classifications. These are:

  1. Foam rubber padding which is cheaper and norm works well in people’s homes
  2. Sponge padding which is stronger and ideal for the office environment and any homes with high pedestrian traffic
  3. And there’s fibre pads which are very robust and work very well in very high traffic locations, such as in factories and other buildings where the flooring is concrete.

Each of these classifications, provides a wide range of solutions in both thickness and density for your flooring installation in Brighton.

The More Recent and Newer Fourth Kind

  • Not too long ago, a fourth kind of carpet padding came around. This is a newer natural product which is usually recycled and much more earth-friendly. By making use of natural fibres, this underlay wears well and lasts for many years if good care is provided.

Choosing the Ideal Type

  • Selecting the right carpet padding in some places can be difficult and while the softer pads provide some more comfort, they are not the best solution where there is high traffic going on. In areas like hallways or stairs, it is a much better idea to fit a thicker pad with a high-density make-up. The softer kind of underlay is ideal in places like bedrooms or where traffic is minimal.
  • You should also consider looking at manufacturer’s recommendations that come with your carpet and which can be easily explained to you by your carpet fitter. If you’re not sure about which kind of padding to use, talk to the carpet fitters or use the information above to assist you.

Due to the importance of the fitting and the feel of your lovely new carpet, the carpet underlay is normally available in many fittings to select from. Usually, padding comes in rolls with standardised widths. The lengths of each will depend on your room size and can easily be trimmed to let it reach perfectly from one end to the other.

Here’s hoping that your beautiful new carpet and padding will please your home for many years to come!

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Hi, this is Hugh Hook. I’m here to share my insights on a wide variety of home improvement topics. I hope that my site becomes a platform for your inspiration on green living and DIY projects.
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