Choosing The Correct Carpet Padding
Every Carpet manufacturer has certain requirements as for the maximum padding thickness allowed and minimum density rating for carpet padding to maintain your new carpet warranty.
In most residential applications, a padding thickness of no more than 7/16" is recommended and a padding density rating of at least 6-pounds is required. Using a padding with a thickness higher than 7/16" may void your new carpet warranty. Using a padding density of less than 6-pounds may void your new carpet warranty.
You can opt to use a higher padding density if you want more support for your carpet. This may be a smart option for homes with moderate to heavy foot traffic and especially for areas like stairways and hallways.
In these and other high-traffic areas, a higher padding density rating of 8 to 10-pounds will help prevent wrinkles from developing over time and help keep your new carpet looking like-new longer. Going with a higher padding density will also add to the overall cost of the project. How much does carpet padding cost?
Some retailers offer a 1/2" thick padding. This increased thickness is seldom questioned by the carpet manufacturer until there is a warranty claim. The carpet manufacturer can deny a warranty claim if they feel that using the higher padding thickness could be the cause of the carpet complaint.
This is often true with looped Berber Style carpets as these styles usually require a certain types of carpet padding depending on the application, (e.g. for use in below-grade basements) with a thickness of 3/8" or less and a density rating of 8-pounds or higher.
When in doubt about which padding to use, I suggest you email or call the carpet manufacturer and ask what the padding is required for the application, type and style of carpet you are considering. Don't blindly rely on the carpet salesperson to make the padding type, thickness or density choices for you.
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Choosing the right grade of carpet is the key to your happiness!
Most new carpet warranty claims are denied and the blame for the complaint is usually is put on the installer for not doing the job correctly or on the homeowner for carpet abuse or misuse, or improper care or required maintenance of the carpet.
For example, if you have heavy foot-traffic in your home and you purchase a carpet designed for low or medium foot-traffic, that can be considered misuse and your warranty claim can be denied regardless of the reason for your complaint. This is why choosing the right grade of carpet to meet your need and goals is so important. Learn more about new carpet warranties.
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