A carpeted floor serves more than just an aesthetic purpose. The humble carpet cushion hides beneath your lovely carpet, but it’s the cushion that gives your carpet functionality. Depending on what you’re looking for in a carpet, the carpet cushion can be what insulates your home, protects your carpet and floors from wear and tear, or just makes your carpet a comfortable place to be.
INSULATION: Proper carpet cushion can reduce energy costs and help keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The measurement of the carpet cushion’s ability to resist heat flow is called the R-factor. Mathematically, the higher a carpet cushion’s R-factor value, the better it prevents energy transfer from one part of the house to another. Typically, carpet cushion R-values fall between R-0.2 and R-2 but can be somewhat higher, particularly once the carpet’s inherent R factor is considered.
CARPET PROTECTION: It’s seems perfectly logical to equate great cushion with layers and thickness. But be careful – while it may seem that thicker is better, that isn’t always the case when it comes to carpet cushion. When choosing carpet cushion, it’s best to rely on a carpet and flooring professional who can assist you in selecting the density and thickness of carpet cushion foam. As a general rule. most commercial carpet cushions range from about ¼ inch to about 7/16ths of an inch thick.
COMFORT: Thick or thin, what truly rules a carpet cushion’s feel is the density. For residential carpeting, you’ll want a carpet cushion with a 6 to 8 pound density rating. For commercial carpeting, which is replaced more frequently and typically doesn’t emphasize comfort, a carpet cushion with a lower density rating works best. Carpet cushion with a higher density often incurs a higher cost, but it’s absolutely worth it in the long run: high-density carpet cushion keeps your carpet from wrinkling and buckling in ways that are both unsightly and damaging to your carpet.
Budgeting for an upcoming carpet replacement? Come into the Crystal Carpet & Flooring showroom in Wilmington, NC, and let us cushion the blow. With a professional to assist you in making the right choice for your needs and your carpet’s construction, we guarantee you’ll be walking on cloud nine (or at least the proper cushion!).