If you’re searching for carpet or are about to make the purchase then you should really think about what is going underneath the new carpet in your home. The pad (or cushion) is an often forgotten, but it’s a very important part of the decision. Here are a few reasons you shouldn’t overlook it:
Comfort. This is the most obvious reason to pick a quality carpet cushion. Most people who purchase carpet enjoy the soft touch below their feet, so you can’t stop at just the carpet. If you’re one of those people then an eight-pound or Tempurpedic pad may be a great choice for you.
It can void your carpet warranty. If there is ever a manufacturer issue with your carpet, I’m sure you’d hate to find out that the carpet pad you picked voided your warranty. This is an important question to ask when shopping around for new flooring, so make sure the flooring and cushion you pick both meet your requirements.
It’s a great barrier. A good pad can help reduce sound, which could be very important in a two story home. It can also help insulate your home against any drafts. This could potentially help save money during cold winter months.
It can add life to your carpet. A superior pad helps absorb the impact on the carpet. If there is a low-quality pad underneath then there is nothing to help absorb it and therefore it will start to break down the carpet fibers faster.
Each household is completely different, so it’s important to sit down with your salesperson and discuss what the room is used for in order to determine what pad will work best for your home.