Think of carpet padding as asphalt. You can't see it, but it protects your car from bumps, potholes, and other things that can damage it. That's what padding does for your carpeting; it protects the underside from the bare floor, which can damage the fibers, lead to crushing and decrease the lifespan of your rug.

By the way, it also works the other way; if you layer a carpet over hardwood, padding adds an extra layer of protection and protects that surface as well.

It's important not to accept any padding because some paddings can be too thick and, hence, damage the rug. Ask the experts at our carpet store for advice on the best cushion for your rug.

Padding prevents drafts

One of the many benefits of a soft surface floor covering is that it insulates temperature, thus helping to save on energy bills. That's a real advantage in Pennsylvania, where the winters can get pretty cold and snowy. That ability to insulate is called R-value and, with rugs, that can range from 0.7 to 2.1. The higher the R-value, the better.

Many don't realize that carpet padding also has an R-value, so, when combined with carpet, the insulative effects are increased even more, preventing cold air from seeping into the soft surfaces.

Other benefits include:

1. Safety: A cushion will hold your rug in place. It also adds a minor convenience by keeping it from moving when you're vacuuming or trying to reposition the furniture.
2. Enhances cleanliness: A cushion prevents the growth of mold, mildew, and odors by increasing airflow, which will stop bacteria. These pathogens become the needed food for the mold and mildew to grow.
3. Insulates sound: The more cushion, the more sound deadening. So say goodbye to footsteps, beeping devices, and muffled conversations.
4. Makes it easier on joints: It gives the rug that cushiony, bouncy feeling!

Why go anywhere else? Rhodes Carpet & Installation has a large inventory of carpet flooring with brands like Mohawk, Karastan, and more with fibers including Air.o; PET; SmartStrand, and Purecolor, among others. If you live in Washington County, visit our showroom in Washington, PA, where you’ll also get a free quote.