When homeowners decide to have carpet flooring installed in their properties, the first thing they think about is the carpet. Nothing wrong with that of course. After all, the carpet itself is what you’ll walk on and see whenever you enter the room. However, there is one important aspect of carpet flooring installation than many property owners often ignore: the carpet padding.
Carpet padding, also known as underlay, is a spongy material that goes beneath the carpet. And while it is generally invisible to the eye, it is a vital part of your carpet floors. In fact, carpet padding is the foundation upon which all wall-to-wall carpet flooring in NSW (and everywhere else in the world) is constructed. But what makes it so important and why should you pay so much attention to choosing the right carpet padding?
The main purpose of a carpet padding is to protect both the underside and surface of your carpet from damage. A carpet padding protects the underside of your carpet from abrasion against the subfloor and keep it from wearing. It also helps reduce the impact of heavy furniture and foot traffic above the carpet. It acts as a shock absorber easing the stress from foot traffic on the carpet’s fibers and backing and helping protect them from premature wear.
Homeowners think that the main purpose of having a carpet padding is to make the carpet softer to walk on. Although this isn’t necessarily true (the main point of having a carpet padding is protection), having a carpet padding can make walking on your carpet a more comfortable experience. A quality carpet padding can make you feel like your feet is sinking right into the floor.
Carpet padding also plays a role providing thermal insulation for your home, or at least the room where it’s installed. This makes it easier to maintain the perfect temperature in your home because of the added layer of insulation. In fact, carpet paddings have higher R-value (a material’s ability to keep heat from passing through it) than a carpet. In addition, carpet paddings can also help dampen sound, thus working as a sound insulator. This feature becomes an important factor when installed in upstairs rooms or apartment units.
As you can see, choosing the right carpet padding is an essential part of a great carpet flooring. If you are looking for high quality carpet padding and carpet in Sutherland Shire, or any type of flooring material for that matter, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. You can call us up at (02) 4677 3366 or (02) 9520 0628. You can also leave a message in our contact page.