Choosing the Right Carpet Pad

What Carpet Padding Type and Quality Should I Select? What are the Best Padding Types and Choices for homeowners? You should always choose a good quality padding unless…

    1. If you have pets that have a lot of wet accidents.
    2. If you are putting carpet in a rental property where you allow pets.
    3. You don’t care if it only lasts a couple of years.

Carpet Padding Types

Either way, if you choose the correct padding for the application it will save you money in the long run.

If the padding is for your home and you want your new carpet to last as long as possible, then you must select a padding that can support your carpet properly. Your pad must be capable of withstanding your unique Level of Foot-Traffic you have in your home.

Carpet Padding Types and Choices for Stairs must be of sufficient density (at least 8-pound) and not too thick (less than 1/2″) or your carpet will likely wear out much faster on the stairs than in other carpeted areas.

What Padding Type, Density and Thickness Do I Need?

If you are not sure what type of padding you need to select, you can always call the carpet manufacturer and ask what the minimum padding requirements are mandated for the type and style of carpet you have selected. Here is a list of Carpet manufacturer websites and toll-free phone numbers.

Carpet Padding Types Choices? Rebond Carpet Pad

Carpet Padding Types and Choices

Rebond pad is the most common and often the best choice for most residential applications. It is made from recycled materials, mainly from recycled urethane foam, which is why it is multicolored. It is available everywhere, and in almost every thickness and density.

Rebond is reasonably priced and it does a good job supporting your carpet for about 7 to 15 years on average. Rebond is designed for residential applications and is the most economical padding choice for your home, rental or office.

4 pound to 10 pound density ratings are available, but most homeowners should choose a minimum density rating of 6 pounds, or even better would be 8 pound density.

I prefer a 8 pound density rating for most residential-grade carpet styles and especially on stairs. An 8 pound density pad gives excellent support and durability for homes with active kids and pets too.

Not all Rebond padding is made of high-grade or top-quality recycled materials. Every padding manufacturer offers several grades of Rebond padding to their distributors.

Carpet retailers have a choice of which grade of Rebond padding to offer to their customers. The main difference will be the type of recycled materials used to manufacture the padding and the density rating.

The higher the quality of recycled materials used, the better the pad will perform. Most carpet stores have a few different thickness and density variations on hand. If you need a special pad, most stores can order padding to meet your needs.

Learn more about Types of Carpet Padding

Commercial Grade Carpet Installed On Stairs?

One way to make sure the carpet you install on your stairs and landings will take a beating, is to install a commercial grade carpet. There are plenty of styles, patterns and colors to choose from and they are designed to tolerate heavy foot traffic.

Commercial Carpet on Stairs

Some homeowners choose to install a commercial grade carpet on their stairs and also down the hallways to ensure the heaviest foot traffic pathways will last a long time.

If you decide to use a commercial grade carpet for your stairs, then you would need to use padding designed for the specific carpet type and style you have selected.

In most cases, the padding type would be either a synthetic or wool / felt pad, with a high density rating (128 ounces or more) and a thickness of no more than 1/4″. Ask the carpet manufacturer what is recommended to be sure.

Padding Types and Choices  – Specialty Carpet Pads

Most specialty pads (like odor-eating or moisture-barrier) are unnecessary and are an added expense most homeowners do not need or require. If you have a pet urine problem, no padding upgrade you select will solve your problem.  You would be wasting your money.

The same thing applies for special padding they say will increase the length of your new carpet warranty. Upgrading your padding would be a waste of your hard-earned money. This is how they try to get you to pay more and get nothing in return.

Carpet Padding Types and Choices. There are many types of carpet pad and I have most of them listed on my webpage. Don’t be tricked into upgrading to an more expensive padding.

Learn everything you need to know about Choosing the Right Carpet Padding.

Mold and Mildew Problems in Basements

If your concrete basement has a known moisture problem, even just once in a while, the entire area should be tested and corrected prior to installing any flooring materials.

Water leak in Basement
Water Leak in Basement

Carpet and padding installed over concrete in basements must be able to breathe sufficiently to allow any moisture to evaporate up and through the pad and carpet.

You don’t want to trap any moisture under the carpet or padding, therefore padding with a moisture barrier should not be used over concrete. Especially if there is any chance of moisture coming from any source.

Common Sources of Moisture in Basements

Mold and mildew is a serious issue.  Mold can be the cause of major health problems for people of any age.

Water will always find a way! Even if you think the area is completely dry and sealed. Water will somehow find a way to escape its containment and become the cause of serious damage to your home over time.

A big problem can be caused by just a small continuous drip from a pipe and may not be realized until months or years later.

Heavy rain is the most common cause of occasional basement flooding. Improperly installed gutters and downspouts are also a common source of intermittent moisture problems.

Leaky water supply hoses and drainage pipes from upper level bathrooms and laundry rooms can become a frequent source of water collecting or pooling in lower levels and basement areas.

Children splashing in the bathtub can cause a significant amount of water to flow down through cracks along the wall to lower levels of your home.

Kitchen faucets and sprayers, under sink drains and any connection or seals to and from dishwashers are a common source of moisture. This can create a perfect storm for mold and mildew to grow where it is almost impossible to detect.

Carpet Dealer DirectoryIt’s hard to find an honest and reputable carpet store these days! That’s why I created my own special hand-picked list of locally-owned carpet and flooring stores. They give free estimates, offer fair prices, have knowledgeable staff, provide honest measuring and use qualified installers. Are there any recommended Carpet Stores Near Me?

4 thoughts on “Choosing the Right Carpet Pad

  1. Getting ready to have Mohawk Amazing Inspiration 1/2″ twist made of SmartStrand Silk installed in our family/rec room. The room is on the lower level of an older split foyer home. It’s on a dry (never had moisture problems) concrete floor that’s partly below grade in places. Carpet dealer wanted me to use his 1/2″ medium grade bonded padding but I questioned using this. I called Mohawk and they recommended using a Synthetic Fiber padding with no barrier since it’s below grade. They recommended their Specifiers Choice 40 which is a 40 oz weight, 9.1 lb density, and .420 in thickness. I think I’m going with there recommendation. Is this a good choice? Thanks.


    1. Yes using a synthetic fiber pad in a basement is a great idea. You never want to use a moisture barrier padding over concrete because if any moisture becomes trapped it will cause mold and mildew to form under the carpet.


  2. You are so right. A lot of people spend way to much money on a pad that they will never see just because the salesman told them about this great pet padding that has enzymes in it. From a carpet cleaner perspective these never work and you are wasting your money.


  3. Are there pads available that have soundproofing qualities? What kind of pad would be most likely to block out the most noise?


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