Layers under carpeting

8 Carpet Padding Options for Beneath Your Carpeting

Learn all about what lies beneath your carpet and the seven types of carpet paddings you can choose from depending on your budget and purpose.

Layers under carpeting

Learn all about what lies beneath your carpet and the seven types of carpet paddings you can choose from depending on your budget and purpose.

In some ways, carpeting can be like cake in that it involves various layers underneath. But unlike the layers of cake, carpet underlayment have practical functions. They should be installed along with the carpet because these paddings protects not only your home’s flooring, but the pads of your feet as well.

Types of Carpet Padding

Carpet underlay comes in many varieties. However, there are 7 types usually carried by stores specifically selling carpets. These variants range in price from a budget-friendly price to prohibitively expensive.

1. Rebond Pad

Mohawk Home Ultra Premium All Surface 1/4 Inch Rug Pad, 8' X 10', Gray

Rebond pad makes up the bulk of the carpet padding on which you walk. As estimated by the CCC or Carpet Cushion Council, rebond pads account for 85% of the cushioning that people walk on.
This recyclable product is only available in multicolor. If you’re worried about this, don’t be. It is practically invisible under a carpet with a solid color. The rebond pad comes in a range of thicknesses and densities.
They range in price from $0.39 to $0.45 per square foot.

2. Urethane foam

Urethane foam

Due to the low cost of manufacturing urethane foam pads, most shops provide them free of charge to the buyers of their carpets. After two years, this inexpensive material often flattens completely, and you’ll likely assume you need to get a replacement carpet, but in reality, it is actually the pad that has failed.  Naturally, since the padding cannot be replaced without removing the carpet, you will end up removing all of it to change the cushioning.

3. Frothed Urethane

A type of padding that’s in stark contrast to urethane foam.

The frothed alternative is one of the most durable cushions ever developed.

Gas is injected into a liquid foam to create the paf of frothed foam. It is reusable for two superior quality installations of carpet.

4. Pads Made of Fiber

It is when used with the Berber carpet that the fiber padding truly shines. Fiber pads are very durable because of their dense and thick fibers. This padding solution is made from polyester, felt, nylon, and various materials that give a carpet option that is both affordable and durable. The fiber pad works best as carpet padding for commercial settings and is ideally used for areas with high traffic.

5. Memory Pad Made of Rubber

If money is not an issue, and want your feet to be on cloud 9 whenever you walk over your carpet, consider investing in memory rubber pads (a.k.a. memory foam pads). As the name suggests, the memory foam pads have similar material used in memory mattresses and pillows. This underlayment will give you the most comfortable and coziest carpeting conceivable.

Some cons to note would be that this isn’t that environmentally friendly because it doesn’t make use of recycled materials, and it is also pricier than the rebond padding.

6. Waffle-shaped Rubber Pad

Just to be clear, this option will not be involving pouring syrup. The waffle rubber pad monicker actually is inspired by the popular breakfast meal. The quality of this pad is like that of the rebond pads but with a higher price tag. In terms of durability, the foamed urethane reigns supreme over the two paddings. If ever you chance upon waffle rubber pads on sale (preferably costing less than rebond), definitely get it.

7. Specialized Pads

Special situations require special solutions. What could be more special than a special pad? Specialized pads are used in unique situations that need odor elimination, moisture barrier cushioning, and air filtering.

8. Creating Rug Pads for Throw Rugs

Carpet padding options, whether in frothed foam, rebond pad, or bonded foam, generate a vapor barrier when used. These items may be bought by the square foot, allowing you to get just what you need to cut and use as a rug pad beneath an oriental rug or a throw rug.

Foam pads are usually what these items are made of.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is the density of the pads determined?

You’ll notice either pound per cubic foot or ounces per square yard inscribed on it.  Padding is normally between three and ten pounds in weight.  Use a minimum of a 6.5-pound rebond pad to prolong the life of your carpet.

A foam pad should weigh between two and five pounds; a frothed foam pad should weigh at least twelve pounds; a synthetic fiber pad should weigh at least thirty ounces, and a waffle rubber pad should weigh at least ninety ounces.

Why is the thickness of carpet padding critical?

With an inadequately thick pad, the lovely, cushiony feel of the carpet is diminished.

Certain carpets, however, may not need treatment. Thinner pads are needed with short-pile carpets and Berber, since a thicker pad results in excessive give and ruins the carpet’s bottom.

Because raising the thickness of the carpet pad does not generally result in a cost increase, the carpet salesman has no reason to mislead you on this point.  Feel free to just ask or inquire about the most effective pad.

What happens if the padding or underlayment is skipped in carpeting?

  • Without an appropriate pad below, your rug or carpet won’t last long.
  • The rug or carpet is constructed from woven threads that are adhered to a backing.
  • The cushion underneath it supports the backing of the carpet, keeping it from breaking when trodden on.
  • The pad slows the carpet’s aging process and protects the fibers from wear.
  • The lack of cushion underneath leads to the carpet ripping and a high chance of it not lasting for a year.

Should carpet underlayment be the only thing used beneath a carpet?

No, this kind of underlayment is also utilized in conjunction with throw rugs and hardwood floors.  An acoustical underlayment is necessary underneath hardwood floors. This aids in reducing the reansmisison of sound.

What are the main concerns of the reuse of carpet padding?

Stains and odors from spills on the recently removed carpet may be retained by the carpet underlayment or pad.  The age of the item and the circumstances surrounding its use dictate whether it may be re-used.

What is meant with eco cork?

The word eco cork pertains to a kind of foam underlayment that is used in installing wood, vinyl, and laminate flooring, though not in carpeting.

It is a waterproof underlayment made of cork granules and polyethylene that has a 6 mil vapor barrier. Eco foam is suitable for wood or concrete subfloors.

Is there a carpet pad that is really resistant to pet urine?

Certain carpet pads have waterproofing properties.

This means that teh pad won’t saturate if anything is spilled directly above a carpet. The spills won’t reach the flooring underneath because it just gets pooled. This would also be the case when it comes to your dog or cat “spilling” their pee on the carpet. Cushion keeps urine off the floor.

Additionally, the cusion prevents carpet pads from absorbing the liquid spills.

You’ll be able to remove the spill from the carpet without allowing it to absorb into the subsequent layers. This makes pet pee cleanup super easy. Only the top layer’s stench would need treatment, simplifying cleaning.

What does Impact Insulation Class (IIC) mean?

The IIC rating pertains to the reduction in sound transmission that occurs when a person walks on a floor surface.

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