Industrial Carpet Padding

Having gone through the motions of choosing your carpet pattern and style, given thorough consideration to material type based on comfort and durability, learned about pile density and thickness in order to maximise the lifespan of your carpet, you have already spent more time than most people would ever imagine you should have to in choosing your carpet. You probably won’t be thrilled, then, to be faced with yet another area that needs your attention: carpet padding. Don’t worry; it’s much more straightforward and easier to come to grips with than carpet choice. Let’s take a look at some of the most important points in industrial carpet padding choice.

Thickness

While not the most logical place to start in a technical sense, we shall do so anyway. The reason is that thickness is the most common point of confusion for carpet buyers. It is often assumed, you see, that a thicker layer of industrial carpet padding is always better – but this is not so. Yes, a thicker layer of padding will result in a softer feel which may, initially, be more pleasant to step on. However, thicker carpet padding has further effects worth considering:

  • Thicker padding suffers from dents more easily. Heavy footfall or furniture can cause dents in the carpet that both look and feel bad, resulting in quite the opposite effect that you are likely to have sought after in opting for thick padding in the first place.
  • Due to the above some carpets, such as woven ones, can wear more quickly and unevenly – resulting in a patchy, ragged carpet.
  • Similarly, the actual backing of the carpet can suffer from too soft padding, as not all forms of carpet are made for use with thick padding, it may be forced to bend and move more frequently than it was designed for, resulting in uneven carpeting.

Materials

Quite a few different materials are used in the production of industrial carpet padding. Some of the most common, listed from most to least suitable for heavy footfall, include:

  • Frothed Foam –this padding is made from urethane and is most commonly made to a thickness of seven sixteenths of an inch – this is how padding thickness is usually measured, by the way, though it would normally be presented as 7/16.
  • Slab Rubber - as the name would suggest, this is a slab of rubber that you place under the carpet. For use as industrial carpet padding you would be looking for a 10 pound density slab, which would be ideal for very high traffic areas.
  • Rebond - these are made from foam scraps, and can be decent for commercial use. For commercial use in high traffic areas you want to look for a higher density and lower thickness.
  • Waffle Rubber – waffle rubber shouldn’t be used as industrial carpet padding, and it’s not to be used with plastic backed carpets. While a cheap solution, do think twice before using this padding, and ensure that you ask you carpet fitter whether it is suitable for your carpet before opting for this padding.