Carpet pads come in various thicknesses, and your carpet installation company will help you understand the differences. If you have not already bought the carpet pad, they will help you decide which one to buy. If you end up choosing a thick pad, the installers will have to use unusual methods to make sure it works right for you.
Choosing the Carpet Pad
First of all, you definitely need a carpet pad. Most carpet manufacturers will not warrant their carpets if they are laid without a pad underneath them. You will want a carpet pad anyway, because having a pad underneath your carpet makes the floor softer, warmer and it reduces the noise in the room. The carpet pad also helps to insulate your floor and keep the heat inside the room in the winter.
Pads come in thicknesses such as 1/4, 5/16, 3/8 or 7/16 inch thick. Thicker pads are not always necessarily more expensive; sometimes, it just comes down to a matter of preference. Some carpets work better with a thinner pad. Berber is one that usually needs a thinner pad than some other types. Your carpet installation company will help you find the right pad for your carpet.
You might want to go with a thick pad, depending on the carpet you choose. While a thick carpet pad has more sound-absorbing qualities, it also absorbs smells and liquids which are spilled on it. Although it is easier on the feet after it is installed, it is generally difficult for a do-it-yourselfer to install a carpet with a thick pad. A carpet installation company will do a better job in most cases.
Installing the Carpet Pad
When a thick carpet pad is laid down, there are certain allowances that need to be made. For example, doors will usually be difficult to open and close over the thick padding. A professional carpet installation company will have methods of cutting away just the right amount of padding in the door area so that the door can move freely. If you prefer, you can take off the door and remove some of the bottom edge of the door.
Then, once the thick pad is in place, the installers will have to lay the carpet. Stretching carpet can be difficult for do-it-yourself remodelers in any case, but with a thick pad it can be a real chore. If it is not done correctly, you will soon see bunching, buckling or uneven wear. A carpet installation company can make sure that these problems do not occur by making the installation nice and tight. They will take extra time stretching the carpet across the pad so that there is no danger of the carpet “growing” too much, or the carpet being lumpy from too much padding underneath it in any spots.
If you know you want a thick carpet pad, it is a wise idea to get help putting it in and laying the carpet. It is a nightmare of a job if you do not know how to do it properly. A carpet installation company will do the job to get the best results possible.