Most of us spend a lot of time picking the perfect carpeting for every room in the home, from the plush Berber in bedrooms to the rougher, more durable pile used for high-traffic areas like hallways and staircases. The right carpeting not only enhances the look of your home, but offers long-lasting comfort for inhabitants.
Of course, you might not realize the important role padding plays when it comes to adding comfort and ensuring longevity. If you want to make the most of your carpet installation, you can’t afford to neglect the unseen padding underneath. Here are just a few reasons why the right carpet pad can have such a huge impact.
There are a couple of reasons why you might choose carpeting over hardwoods, tile, or other flooring materials. For one thing, carpet is often the most cost-effective option. However, it also helps to make your home a comfortable and inviting space. Soft carpeting underfoot can be soothing, especially if you stand all day, and it’s certainly nicer for kids when they take a tumble while learning to walk.
Padding is half of what makes your carpeting so soft and comfortable. The extra cushion and spring ensure that every footfall meets less resistance, providing that feeling of walking on clouds. In addition, carpet padding adds to your thermal insulation, helping to stop chilly drafts and the incursion of cool air seeping up from lower levels of the home.
Hard flooring can make a real ruckus when you walk on it, thanks to squeaks, creaks, and the clacking of shoes. This may be one reason why you decided to install carpeting. Your padding only adds to sound-proofing, ensuring that anyone on lower floors of your home doesn’t have to suffer a herd of thundering elephants overhead every time you walk back and forth.
Naturally, you’d prefer to avoid marring your flooring with spills and pet stains, but these things do happen. What you really want to avoid is permeating the subflooring – the plywood or particle board underneath your carpeting.
When liquids penetrate this wood, they could lead to rot or mold. Pet waste that permeates subflooring can leave lingering odors that might only be eliminated by cutting out and replacing the wood. Carpet padding won’t necessarily stop these things from happening, but adding another layer between spills or pet stains and subflooring can certainly help.
Longevity of Carpeting
Carpet may be less expensive than some other flooring alternatives, but that doesn’t mean you don’t want it to last as long as possible. Your carpet padding can help. Whether you’re vacuuming or using a semiannual service like Curtice Chem-Dry for deep cleaning, you’ll find that padding allows for the carpet to pull up slightly when you clean, making the process more effective and helping to reduce lingering dust, dirt, dander, and allergens.
In addition, having padding underneath your carpet means that the backing won’t rub against hard flooring and deteriorate more quickly than it should. In other words, padding is extremely important for comfort, convenience, and your budget.