Padding is constructed of several different materials. Coles will provide you with the correct padding to meet all your warranty requirements for your carpet selection. All carpet warranties require that you select padding with appropriate thickness and density to handle the traffic on the carpet. In a bedroom, a thick, soft padding works well, but in a family room with lots of coming and going, a thin padding is better. Using carpet padding can improve the durability and comfort of the floor, in addition to adding to its lifespan.
Benefits of Carpet Padding include:
- It can reduce carpet noise. VA carpeted environment is quiet, but a carpet installed over padding can reduce noise even more. In tests comparing padded carpet to un-padded carpet, padded carpet significantly reduces noise. Weak padding is unable to keep traffic from causing a noisy clomping sound as footsteps pound against the floor. But a substantial padding softens the blow and makes walking quieter.
- It makes carpet more comfortable. Tests show that quality carpet padding can reduce the force on the floor covering caused by walking. This can improve personal comfort by reducing walking fatigue. Good quality padding acts as a shock absorber when you walk on carpet. If there isn’t a substantial padding under the carpet, either a flimsy one or (worse yet) no padding at all, the carpet is hard, unyielding, and uncomfortable to walk on. But a good grade of padding keeps the heel of your foot from crashing through the carpet and hitting against the floor. The pressure of walking is much higher than most people realize. In the case of women’s high heels, it can momentarily be hundreds of pounds per square foot. Without a good quality padding, this is tough on the carpet and tough on your feet.
- It makes vacuuming more efficient. Vacuuming is more efficient since most machines “lift” the carpet to provide air circulation, and the padding improves air flow through the carpet. This can help reduce the grinding action of embedded dirt that can cut and fray carpet fiber. The most important thing you can do to prolong the life of your carpet is to give it a good vacuum cleaning often. Dirt grinds down carpet fiber the way sandpaper wears down wood, and thus shortens carpet life. A powerful vacuum is a carpet’s best friend. And quality padding makes cleaning more efficient, because it raises carpet off the floor and provides an air space underneath, so the carpet can “breathe”. When you vacuum, good quality padding lets more air come up through the carpet, carrying more dirt along with it. The result is more effective cleaning every time.
- Carpet padding provides insulation qualities. Good quality padding makes any room feel warmer. Working in combination with the carpet, quality padding prevents heat loss through the floor. It makes all carpet more comfortable to bare feet and everybody walks around barefoot sometimes, particularly when getting dressed in the morning, and undressed at night. The thicker the padding, the higher the value. And when the floor is concrete, such as in finished basements or in homes built on slab foundations, the insulating properties of high-grade padding are indispensable.
Types of Carpet Padding
As with carpet, carpet padding comes in a variety of types and thickness. The most common are bonded polyurethane foam, prime polyurethane foam, rubber and fiber. Bonded and prime polyurethane carpet padding products are the most popular choices among consumers today. Easy to install and able to withstand years of abuse, most consumers prefer the comfort and performance of these products.
Bonded Carpet Padding Bonded carpet padding is the most popular carpet underlayment, accounting for over eighty percent (80%) of all residential installations. An excellent value, bonded provides outstanding performance and comfort. Bonded padding is composed of new foam that has been recycled from other manufacturing operations such as furniture, bedding, and automotive, thus helping to reduce landfill waste and improve our environment. Not all bonded cushions are the same, however. Unlike many padding manufacturers, Coles suppliers have invested heavily in state-of-the-art technologies that segregate, separate, and filter the recycled trim material before making carpet padding. This ensures that only premium quality raw materials go into our bonded products, maximizing performance.
Tiffany Ultra life Padding We are so confident Stainmaster® carpet padding will improve the performance of your carpet, that when you purchase and install the two together, we’ll extend your carpet limited warranties by 3 full years. By purchasing and installing our exclusive Tiffany Ultra Life padding and Stainmaster Ultra Life® carpet, we’ll extend your carpet limited warranties by 5 years. These offers are available exclusively at Coles Fine Flooring.