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What Is the Purpose of Carpet Padding?

Posted on: August 27th, 2018 by Derek Farnquist

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The padding beneath your carpet serves multiple purposes; foremost, the padding provides added comfort underfoot, so your heels don’t thud against the hard, unforgiving substrate each time you take a step. But your carpet’s padding serves other—and equally important—purposes, too.

One of those purposes is to act as a cushion to protect your carpet’s backing from abrasion against the decking attached to the floor joists in your home. Without a proper carpet cushion, each time you took a step on your carpet, the backing would grind against the decking, causing delamination, which would inevitably shorten the lifespan of your carpeting.

We would be remiss if we didn’t mention that not all padding is equal in quality; what works for one application may not work in another. It is in your best interest to do your homework on which padding is the correct variety for the type of carpet you intend to purchase.

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A plush carpet, for example, requires padding of a different density than what a Berber carpet requires. Using the wrong variety of padding could lead to unsightly waves and ripples in your carpeting, and may lead to a void of the manufacturer’s warranty on the product you selected.

As a bonus, your carpet’s padding helps insulate your home, keeping it warmer in the winter and cooler during the summer months. A better-insulated home uses less energy, keeping your hard-earned dollars in your pocket instead of sending them off to the energy provider in your locale.

For more information on which variety of padding is right for your home, schedule a free in-home estimate from The Carpet Guys. We offer convenient appointment times so you can explore samples in the comfort and privacy of your home, whenever it’s most convenient for you.

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To schedule your free in-home estimate, fill out the contact form on our website, or give us a call at (248) 409-5359. One of our call-center representatives will be happy to assist you.


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