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What Type of Cushion Should go Under my Carpet?

Posted on: August 3rd, 2017 by Derek Farnquist

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A carpet is only as good as the pad (cushion) that lies beneath.

Choosing a quality carpet cushion is only the first step of the process. A poor carpet cushion will affect the look, feel, and longevity of your carpet.

There are many factors that determine what the correct carpet pad is. The amount of traffic and the pattern of the traffic determine the type of cushion that you need. Read on to learn some facts about choosing the correct carpet cushion.

Types of Carpet Padding

There are a variety of carpet cushions that are made and constructed differently. Choosing the best carpet padding requires some consumer research.

Rebond

Rebond is made from scraps of foam used in furniture making that are bonded together. It is also available in different densities thicknesses. The carpet cushion counsel suggests a density of 5 lbs and a thickness of at least 3/8 inches for light traffic; and a density of 6.5 lbs and a thickness of 3/8inches.

These are recommended but with rebond carpet cushion it is a good idea to increase the density numbers to 7.0 lbs and 7.5 lbs. Higher grade rebond is manufactured using memory foam.

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Waffle Rubber

The waffle rubber carpet cushion is constructed of rubber that is held together with clay binders. This type of pad is still used today though it tends to be used wrong. The clay binders that hold the cushion together often breaks down over time and leads to disrepair.

The clay binders that hold the cushion together often breaks down over time and leads to disrepair.

Foam Padding

Made from urethane foam, this cushion is manufactured in various thickness and densities. A large amount of air allows for the carpet to move up and down against the pad beneath. This leads to increased wear and relatively rapid breakdown. Foam padding is not recommended for high traffic areas.

This leads to increased wear and relatively rapid breakdown. Foam padding is not recommended new carpet installed for high traffic areas.

Frothed Foam

Frothed foam is one of the best options on the market. its versatility can not be matched as it can be used under any carpet type. It is very dense and top of the line in durability. It has been observed to last longer than the other types. It reduces unsightly furniture indentations and prolongs the life of your carpet.

It has been observed to last longer than the other types. It reduces unsightly furniture indentations and prolongs the life of your carpet.

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The amount of traffic that an area averages is important when deciding which carpet cushion to use. High traffic areas need a durable and dense carpet cushion. Cushions that leave a large pocket of air between the cushion and the carpet tend to break down quicker.

Choose your carpet cushion wisely because it is the factor that determines your brand new carpet look and longevity.

Get the Best Carpet Carpet Cushion with Us!

We understand how important cushion is to a carpet installation, so we make it a goal of ours to give you the best cushion possible.

The carpet installations we provide come with high-quality cushion included. With our cushion, your carpeting is guaranteed to last for many years.

Give us a call to schedule a free in-home carpet estimate today.

We are excited to serve you and your family.

 

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