Is Carpet Padding Important?

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At Bigelow Flooring, we know you have questions about how to make your home the most comfortable it can be. If you’re considering installing carpet in your home, it’s important to understand the difference that carpet padding can make. Here are some of the benefits of installing carpet padding in your home:

1. Softer feel

One of the most obvious benefits to installing good quality carpet padding under your carpet is that it gives your carpet a softer feel. Installing carpet directly on top of plywood or another solid surface will make your floors feel harder. Carpet padding acts like a cushion between the carpet and the floor so it feels softer and more comfortable on your feet.

2. Less maintenance

Carpet padding can help make your vacuuming more efficient. When your carpet has padding beneath, it helps your vacuum to raise the carpet and remove more dirt. With a solid floor directly beneath your carpet, you may find yourself spending more time vacuuming but not actually getting a cleaner carpet.

3. Stops drafts & insulates

Carpet padding can act as a barrier against drafts. Carpet padding has a higher R-value than carpet, which makes it harder for heat to pass through. As a result, your rooms will feel warmer during the winter and cooler during the summer, while saving you money on heating and cooling costs.

4. Helps dampen sound

As with heat and cold, carpet padding helps to dampen sound. Sounds from instruments, TVs and everyday activities will be less disruptive to the rest of the house with a good carpet padding.

5. Protects carpet from spills

There are two grades of carpet padding for residential use: vapour barrier and no vapour barrier. Carpet padding with a vapour barrier helps to protect your floors from spills by keeping the moisture in the carpet and preventing the underpad from absorbing it. Vapour barriers make it easier to blot away stains and keep your carpet looking like new.

6. Extends the life of your carpet

Not only does carpet padding help to lessen the impact of foot traffic on your carpet, but your carpet manufacturer may offer an extended warranty if you purchase carpet padding with your new carpet.

Have questions about carpet padding? Contact the team of flooring experts at Bigelow Flooring.

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