- Synthetic latex to break down
- Backings to stretch
- The primary backing to separate from the secondary backing (known as delamination)
- Unnecessary stress on the face fiber
Several padding options exist, including waffle rubber, Urethane foam, bonded Urethane, flat rubber and fiber cushion. Find a local carpet installer for advice and use the following to help determine your choice:
- Check the carpet recommendations for padding thickness. It should declare which type is more appropriate for the sub-floor.
- Clarify whether concrete sub-floors are slab-on-grade design. If so, you may require thicker moisture-resistant backed carpet padding.
- Determine if radiant floor heating exists. If so, select carpet padding with a lower "R" value so that it is less resistant to heat rising through the floor covering.
- Choose carpet padding with higher density for rooms where there will be a greater traffic volume and lower density for less trafficked areas.
All flooring decisions should flow from how the room will be used. Select a hard-wearing floor for heavily-trafficked areas and softer ones for bedrooms where feet welcome the cozy.
Pick a carpet that accents your choice and, as noted above, the corresponding cushioning. You've created a whole new atmosphere. A floor layer & refinisher can walk you through the process.