How to Pick Carpet Padding

Carpet padding

What kind of carpet padding will you choose?

You have finally picked out a beautiful carpet for your home. After weeks of choosing different colors and patterns and playing with carpet samples, you have finally picked out the perfect carpet. But now you have to pick a carpet padding for your new investment. Carpet pads are often overlooked but add a layer of cushion to your floors and helps to insulate your home during cold weather. So how do you choose the right type of carpet padding for your home? When choosing the right carpet padding, it is important to consider quality, cost, and carpet compatibility in mind. Let’s take a look at some of these factors.

Padding Density

When choosing a carpet padding, you should begin by looking at the density rating. You should choose a residential carpet pad with a 6- to 8-pound density rating. A padding with a density rating lower than 6-pounds is generally used for commercial properties where the carpet is replaced frequently. 6-pound density will also give carpets a softer cushion than the firmer 8-pound. Opting for an 8-pound density rating will give you’re a firm, sturdy, and long-lasting carpet padding option, which is useful for high traffic areas like hallways and living rooms.

Thickness and Warranty

It is important to choose padding thickness based on your carpet’s manufacturer’s specifications. Choosing something above or below their specifications could void your carpet’s warranty. Most carpet padding is 7/16-inch. Choosing a padding that is too thick could leave you with unsightly folds and wrinkles in your carpet. Carpet padding that is too thick or thin could also decrease the longevity of your home’s carpet.


When choosing carpet padding, there are three different types of materials to choose from: foam urethane, foam polyurethane, synthetic materials, and recycled padding. Foam urethane padding is a lightweight, cost-effective option for your carpet padding. But urethane padding typically compresses quickly and does not hold up well in high traffic areas. Polyurethane padding has a higher density and lasts longer than urethane padding and holds up well to high traffic areas. Synthetic materials are often used with tight-weave or looped carpeting. These materials are durable and have a high-density rating. They also work well with lots of traffic because of their rebounding qualities. Many synthetic materials are designed to resist moisture, mold, and mildew. Recycled carpet padding is a viable, environmentally friendly option for your home. They are usually made of recycled urethane foam and other materials that come in a wide range of thickness and density. Recycled padding is one of the most durable padding options with the lowest price tag.

When choosing your carpet padding, it is important to give it as much consideration as you gave the actual carpet. For more information on choosing carpet padding, call us today!

Choosing Carpet Padding from Jim Boyd’s Flooring America!

Ready to choose the perfect carpet padding for your home? Jim Boyd’s Flooring America is happy to provide our customers with top-notch service to meet any and all of their flooring needs. We have the knowledge and experience to assess your needs and help you choose the right floors for your family’s home. Make an appointment today or give us a call at 410-667-0620 so we can keep your carpet looking great for years to come. To follow us online, don’t forget to check out our FacebookTwitterYouTubePinterestHouzzLinkedInFlickr, and Google+.

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