Have you ever walked across a carpeted room and thought "wow, that's really comfortable carpet?" Although carpet quality is certainly variable, it's more often the padding beneath the carpet that determines whether it feels soft and comfortable or firm and stiff. Carpet padding serves a number of important functions, and thus it's important to choose the best padding you can afford.
Carpet padding not only makes your carpet feel plush against your feet, but it also helps protect the floor underneath your carpet from damage. The better your padding, the less pounding your floor experiences. Padding also helps absorb noise, keeping your home quiet.
The harder the surface you're carpeting over, the more important your padding. For instance, you'll need thicker, more plush padding when carpeting a concrete floor than when padding a hardwood floor. Skimping on padding can lead to unsatisfactory results, but there is also such as thing as too much padding. Generally, it's wise not to exceed 7/16" of padding as excessively thick padding may cause the carpet to wear more quickly than desired.
So, how do you know the difference between a good carpet padding and a bad one? When choosing carpet padding materials for your construction projects, look at the density or weight of the padding. For high traffic areas, you'll want a weight of at least 6.5 pounds per cubic foot. You might be able to get away with a slightly lighter padding in lower-traffic areas. Look also for a padding made from green or sustainable materials, such as NCFI's Rebond foam, a quality carpet padding made from eco-friendly materials for a healthier home.
NCFI offers a variety of foam materials for your construction projects, from carpet padding to spray foam. Visit our website to learn more about our products.