After hearing the term “padding” you like most people, will probably identify it with notions of comfort, and you would be right. Carpet padding (AKA “underlay”) is an underlying supporting carpet pad and while most people think of carpet padding is only utilised with regards to wall to wall carpeting, the reality of the matter is that carpet padding may be fitted underneath any kind of carpet (or rug).
There are a selection of carpet pads available and most instances of them are intended to accomplish three purposes:
- To help in absorbing noise
- Provide a much more comfortable surface to walk on
- A reduction in the level of stress placed on peoples back and legs while walking
This extra cushioning with Cormar carpets in Brighton, is important when the underlying floor is a hard material such as concrete or something very much alike.
Three Different Underlay Classifications
Carpet underlay usually comes under three different classifications. They are:
- Foam rubber padding is inexpensive and generally works well in the home
- Sponge padding is more robust and perfect for an office environment and homes with busy pedestrian traffic
- Fibre pads are very sturdy and work extremely well in high traffic areas, like factories and other types of buildings where there is concrete flooring.
All of these classifications, can provide a wide variety of options in both thickness and density.
And a Newer Fourth Type
- Not too long ago, a fourth kind of carpet padding arrived on the scene. This is a natural product and often recycled and more eco-friendly. By using natural fibres, this type of underlay wears well and can last for many years if the right kind of care is taken.
Selecting the Right Type
- Choosing the perfect carpet padding for somewhere can be hard and while softer pads offer more comfort, they are not usually the best option in high traffic areas. For a places such as a hallway or stairs, it is a better idea to install a thicker pad with a high-density construction. Softer underlay is perfect in areas such as bedrooms or where traffic is minimal.
- You may also think about checking out manufacturer’s recommendations which come with your carpet and can be explained to you by the person installing the carpet. If you don’t know about what type of padding to use, consult with the carpet fitters or use the above information to help guide you along the way.
Because of the importance in the fit and the feel of your beautiful new carpet, carpet underlay is usually available in a different fittings to choose from. Normally, the padding comes in rolls with standardised widths. The length will naturally depend on the size of your home’s floor and can simply be trimmed to allow it to reach perfectly from one end of the room to the other.
May your wonderful new carpet and padding look and feel just superb!