What is Carpet Pad? What Does it Do and Why Do We Need It?

April 08, 2019 2 min read

What is Carpet Pad? Why Do You Need It?

So, you’ve selected a new carpet that you just love, it’s the right color, softness, and has all the stain protection features that your family has been looking for…but now you’re being told that you also need carpet pad. You think to yourself: Don’t I already have that and what is it even for in the first place? Great questions!

Carpet is a type of fabric that when installed across a hard subfloor can take a beating. Think about all the times your kids chase after your pets across the living room, running at full speed. Or the countless traffic from distant relatives who never turn down a free meal during the holiday gatherings. Your carpet gets walked on pretty much all day every day. This is no different than a wood or tile floor, but there’s something special about carpet that makes it different. It’s soft! Wood and tile can withstand lots of traffic without wearing out, however, since carpet is soft it needs a special layer of protection.

What do Carpet Pads Do? 

1.  Absorb the Impact of all the Wear and Tear Your Carpet Receives

    A high-quality carpet pad will absorb the impact evenly and will maintain its integrity for the life of your carpet – sometimes as long as 20 years!

    A low-quality pad will fail only after a year and your carpet will experience excessive wear – like a vehicle off-roading in the mountains without shocks!

    2.  Provides Plushness Under Foot

    Often people think the thickness of the carpet determines how plush it feels when you walk on it. Although thicker carpet often wears better and feels softer when laying on it, it’s the carpet pad that gives the plush feel when walking on your carpet.

    3.  Protects Your Subfloor (Well, the Good Ones Do!)

    Some carpet pads include a moisture barrier.  That means that if you spill something, the pad prevents the liquid from getting into your subfloor, which can hold odor, grow mold and become damaged when wet.


    Not All Carpet Pads Were Created Equally

    There are two main types of carpet pad; recycled pad and 100% new foam carpet pad.

    1. The recycled pad is simply an old pad that has been cleaned and repurposed into new padding.
    2. 100% new foam carpet pad is just that. It contains 0% old recycled pad and will last for the life of your carpet.

    Are you ready to purchase a new carpet and make your feet happy with a new foam carpet pad? Shop today! 

    P.S. All of our carpets are installed over 100% premium new foam carpet pad with a double-sided moisture barrier for maximum comfort and protection. 



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