carpet pad installation

When doing wall-to-wall carpeting, you cannot afford to ignore carpet padding. Although it is very essential, it is most often overlooked.

The carpet padding you choose will determine the lifespan of your carpet. The role of carpet padding is to protect your carpet’s underside from abrasion when it comes into contact with the subfloor, to absorb the damage that heavy foot traffic brings in and to provide insulation to your home against external factors like noise and cold.

In the end, your carpet looks and feels softer and richer. However, carpet padding comes in different forms, and that is why you need to know how to choose the right one for your carpet.


Here are some of the most popular and common options for carpet pads:


Rebond pad is majorly used in residential settings. Recycled materials are used to make this type of pad, and the main material is recycled urethane foam. Rebond pad is multicolored, can be found anywhere and has various thickness and density.

It is affordable and supports your carpet well. If you are looking for something for your office or home that is economical, then you can go for rebond pad.

The most common density is 6 to 10 pounds. However, you can take 8-pound density and above for your residential home and particularly for the carpet on your stairs. This is also great if you have active kids at home.

  • Foam Padding (Urethane). Foam padding is light and inexpensive. If you buy your carpet from the retail store and you are given the free padding, the chances are that it is foam padding. Urethane cannot stand much traffic. After a year, you will notice it has become as flat as a pancake. It is also not a great choice if you are living in a residential place. Instead, it is frequently used by those in apartments because they can do with a carpet that has a lifespan of 3 years or less.
  • Prime Urethane Foam. Other terms for prime urethane foam are virgin urethane and prime urethane. This type of foam pad is better than urethane, and it can serve your home well. The urethane or polyurethane used to manufacture it is very dense, and that gives it its quality. It is mainly meant for commercial applications although more and more people are using it for residential applications too. It is more expensive than the standard rebonds and most homeowners are not familiar with it.


These are natural synthetic or wool pads that work well with commercial and Berber carpets. Natural wool or recycled fabrics are used to make these pads. Therefore, these pads are very dense, and they breathe well. Also, they are not spongy.

These pads are great for Berbers and commercial carpets that are located in high traffic areas. The pads make it difficult for the carpets to stretch out or develop wrinkles. If you have a basement with concrete floors, then a synthetic fiber pad is perfect for you. This is because it will breathe well, it contains anti-microbial characteristics and will be able to resist both mildew and mold.


Rubber pad or rubble waffle pad is best suited for commercial applications over concrete. It is not so economical for residential applications, and its density is measured in ounces rather than pounds.


If you are experiencing a pet urine problem, then you’ve probably had the carpet salespeople tell that a specialty pad will help you with the odors or put in a moisture barrier surface to avoid pet accidents. You will end up spending more on buying them, but they will not do the work promised. Find other ways of reducing moisture on your carpet or of taking care of your pet.

You need a carpet padding no matter the kind of carpet you have. You just need to know which one suits you better.

Combine a quality carpet pad with routine professional cleaning and your carpet will last 10-15 years on average. For carpet cleaning, call Arevalo Bros Chem-Dry in Chicago, IL. We offer a healthy alternative to steam cleaning and results you will love – Call (708) 795-5932 today!