Selecting the Right Carpet Pad?

Hey Folks,

So many times, people call us after they’ve bought their carpet and are ready to install right away. Many times, they will buy a great, soft, luxurious carpet that feels as good as it looks. And if you want quality, you have to pay, which often times people do.

However, many times, people either skimp out on buying a good carpet pad. That or they get a good carpet pad that is not best suited for the carpet they’ve bought. 

Here are a few tips from us to you, along with links at the bottom so you can verify this info!

What carpet pad density should I get? 

You should aim to get at least a 6lb carpet pad, but we really recommend getting an 8lb carpet pad, as most carpet manufacturer’s require 8lbs be installed with their products in order for them to honor their warranties (which is another issue entirely!”

How thick a carpet pad should I get?

All right, here’s an easy way of remembering. Thin carpet, thin pad. Thick carpet, thick pad. Many people think thickness is the same as density, which is a common misconception. You can get 8lb carpet pad ranging from 1/4″-1/2″.

For your low pile and berber carpets, we recommend getting 1/4″-3/8″ carpet pad. If you thin carpet doesn’t sink as much into your carpet pad then it won’t have as much way, less movement= better longevity for your carpet= money saved= money earned!

For your thick carpets, you can use a thin pad and it won’t affect the longevity noticeably, as long as it’s made from quality materials and is of appropriate density.

At max, we would not recommend going thicker than 7/16″, once you go thicker than that, you can have problems down the road. Namely, if you have too thick of a pad, your carpet may have trouble staying on the tackstrip. It doesn’t happen all the time, but enough to where most installers and carpeting groups say the difference in feel/ performance might not be worth the extra 1/16″. 

What carpet pad type should I get? (Prime foam, Rebond, rubber, etc)





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