carpet pad LexingtonWhen thinking about installing new carpet flooring in your Lexington home or office, there’s one element of the process that may have been overlooked. Although not often discussed, carpet pad is an important part of the installation. Carpet pad is a supportive padding placed under carpets and area rugs that serves a variety of purposes. Here we’ll take a look at what those purposes are, so you can feel fully informed and ready to take on your carpet installation project.

Sound & Damage Absorption

One of the primary purposes of a carpet pad is to absorb sound, which helps create a quieter environment and keep noise at bay. The softness of carpeting and the cushioning of the pad work together to absorb excess sound from footfall and other household noise. Not only does the carpet pad help absorb sound, but it also helps absorb damage that would otherwise be absorbed by your carpets themselves. Having this cushion underneath your carpet helps prevent the backing from stretching or separating, and it also helps alleviate stress from the fibers.


Another benefit of carpet padding, one that’s more apparent, is the cushion it provides underfoot. Carpet itself is indeed generally soft and cushioned feeling. However, most Lexington homeowners might not realize that a lot of the cushion they feel when standing on carpet is actually the carpet pad. Foam rubber pads are a popular choice that work well in homes. Sponge padding is slightly stronger and is good for high-traffic office and commercial environments. Fiber pads are the strongest of the three, and are commonly used in manufacturing plants and other buildings with concrete floors.

Common Mistakes & Precautions

When selecting the right carpet pad for your home or office, be careful to avoid making the following common mistakes and take the recommended precautions. Don’t choose the pad without knowing which carpet you’re going to be placing it under. Pay attention to the manufacturer recommendations for your particular carpet. You’ll find carpet pad comes in a variety of thickness levels and materials. Most carpeting comes with specific suggestions for types of carpet pad that work best with that carpet. It’s also good to keep in mind how much traffic the particular area of your home or office will receive. This can be a factor in choosing the best carpet pad option. High levels of traffic can cause thick carpet pads to become flattened over time, making your carpet look uneven. You may also want to consider the amount of moisture that the area receives. Some carpet pads are more mold and mildew resistant than others.

When shopping for the perfect carpet pad and carpet pairing, let the experts at Floor Coverings International Lexington help you simplify the process. Contact us today to schedule your free in-home consultation!

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