Understand expectations for the room:
• Is your new flooring purchase motivated by style or practical reasons?
• Are you living with this new flooring or planning to sell your home?
• What’s the first thing you want to notice when you enter the room?
The better prepared you are to answer these questions, the easier it will be to select the best flooring for your home. Carpet cushion or padding is a critical flooring component. It provides the foundation for your carpet, responsible for enhancing both comfort and durability. Padding is constructed of several different materials, including sponge rubber, foam rubber, urethane foam, bonded urethane and felted combinations of hair and jute. Always follow manufacturers’ recommendations for cushion weight, density, and thickness.
No other flooring warms and insulates a room like carpet.
The warm comfort that carpet provides is not just your imagination. Unlike other types of flooring, carpet is a natural insulator, providing additional warmth in cold seasons. The use of carpet in a wall-to-wall application actually increases the R-value, or insulation level, of the carpet area, potentially saving homeowners like you utility costs while reducing energy use. The R-value (thermal resistance) measures how much a material resists the movement of heat through a ceiling, wall, or floor in a building. The higher the number, the more effective the insulation.