Carpet Padding Density:
6-pound vs. 8-pound?
Is there really a difference in
6-lb padding vs. 8lb
padding? I am getting a home built and I choose the 8-lb padding. But will I be able to tell
when walking on it, or is a 6-lb pad dense enough for a new home?
Selecting the right padding is not a
simple task and must be done right or you could accidentally void your carpet
warranty. There are many factors to consider and you should not trust the carpet
salesperson or retailer to select the right padding for you.
The typical padding rating system defines the DENSITY of carpet
padding in pounds. An 8-pound
padding is less spongy and is stiffer to walk on than a 6-pound pad, which is a bit
underfoot. 6-pound padding is usually dense enough for use with most residential
carpet and falls within most carpet manufacturers' warranty guidelines.
More homeowners prefer the 6-pound pad overall because
they like their carpet to feel cushy. There's not much difference in price
between 6 pound pad and 8 pound pad and in my ebook I reveal ways to upgrade
your pad for free.
In your case, it could save you some money to use the 6-pound
pad since you are dealing with a builder. They typically force you to buy
flooring through their high-priced sources and they get a handsome kickback for
every upgrade you choose. Builder grade carpets are usually on the low end of
quality so going with the cheapest pad is what I would do. You can buy a
better carpet and pad after a few years and get something that you really like.
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Buying Home with Berber Carpet?
I need some information regarding what questions I should ask the
seller of a house I am looking at buying. All the carpet is Berber. What
should I ask them about it? Thank You
Having Berber carpet can be a big disadvantage for the seller and an
advantage for the buyer.
Let me explain:
It's what you need to know about Berber that is important here. If
you buy this house you have two options. Either keep the Berber or replace
the Berber. Why would you want to replace the Berber you ask? If you have
kids or pets you might want to replace it, or at least tell the sellers that
you will have to have it replaced soon. Why? Berber carpets snag easily.
Kids and pets will snag the carpet and can ruin it in a hurry. It doesn't
matter what brand it is, or what style it is, they all snag. If you have
kids or pets, you will end up wanting to replace the Berber before too long.
Perhaps this is a good negotiating point.
On the other hand, if you don't have kids or pets, and never plan to, then
you might like having a Berber carpet. Here are some facts about Berber that
no one else will tell you.
Most Berbers are made of olefin; some are made of Nylon (better). Some have
large loops some have smaller loops (better). Some have no pattern and some
have a repeating pattern (better).
So ideally, to determine the quality
level of this Berber, a good grade of Berber will be made mostly of nylon,
have smaller loops and a repeating pattern. That means if this Berber has
large loops (they tend to fall over, mat down and look bad), made of olefin
(a strong fiber but not very resilient), and no noticeable pattern, then it
is probably a relatively inexpensive carpet.
If the wrong padding was used, the carpet may stretch out prematurely and
need to be re-stretched at some point. It is expensive to have this type of
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Soft Carpet for Growing Family?
I am a new homebuyer. I would like carpet throughout a majority of my
home (including the stairs). My family (which includes a 2.5 year old and a
newborn) walks around barefoot all day everyday. So we would like our carpet to
be as soft as possible, but also very stain-resistant as well. Can you please
help me figure out the best carpet and carpet pad for my situation? I would like
the carpet to last 10-15 years and I am willing to spend up to $30/yd.
You really do need help because you are asking a
lot and have a limited budget. As far as selecting the right carpet, there
are a few good carpet choices that are within your price range that I
discuss in detail in my Carpet Buying Guide. You must buy
a durable carpet if you want it to last and you must follow my care and
maintenance advice to the letter, but that's only the first step in a
mandatory four part plan to be sure you get the whole job done right, including
carpet selection, correct padding, professional installation and a good
Best Carpet for Heavy Traffic and Pets?
I’m so glad I ran across your website! We're getting ready to invest in
carpeting our entire house (about 2,000 sq. feet). My brother's builder
(consistent high end Parade home winner) referred us to his supplier and
buyer. He gave us a quote for carpet, pad, and
installation for Mohawk's Horizon carpet. It's kind of like the frieze' (I
call it a twist-short shag). I love it, but I do have kids and we show
Dobermans. I don't have a housebreaking problem with the dogs and they are
kept in our indoor kennel room 60% of the time, so they don't create
My problem is that we have heavy traffic patterns. Our house is a typical
ranch home that's about 20 years old (original carpet). You almost walk the
same exact pattern every where you go. Is this a good traffic carpet and do
you think it's a good price. I can't seem to find a durability rating for
it anywhere. Trying to find it at Home Depot or Lowe's for a comparison is
very difficult as they all have different names and colors.
Any help is appreciated. I've never had to purchase carpet and it's so
confusing! Thank you for being so helpful to everyone. I was relieved when
I found you!
P.S. Half of my sq. footage is basement. Would this be a good carpet for a
finished very dry basement? Would you suggest a pad over concrete for the
basement? I have Berber now and I hate it! I want something more softer
and elegant as we use it for our family room, den and office (dog kennel is
there too, but I will keep the Berber in that room).
Wait! Don't buy anything yet! There is so much more you need to know.
The frieze you mentioned would be all right for you if it were made of nylon. I suspect the carpet you have selected
a good quality frieze will tolerate a lot of abuse, but only when it is made
from Nylon. A polyester (P.E.T.) carpet will mat down in a hurry,
especially in high traffic areas and on stairs.
My advice: Take your time and do your carpet homework! Buying carpet is so
complex anymore, proper selection, correct padding, quality installation,
accurate measuring, not to mention getting a good price is the four step
process that all must be done right in order for you to be successful.
Otherwise, you will end up not satisfied with the outcome and you will have
lost hundreds or worse. In addition to all the useful information you'll
read on my website, I am also here to answer all your carpet questions from start to
Best Carpet for Day Care Business
I run a Day Care in
the lower level of my home. So the carpet gets a lot of traffic.
Was thinking of a Berber but was told it would snag if the children would run
toys across it. What would you suggest? We also use it for our own family so
would like something that looks nice (not commercial).
Looped Berber for you is a no-no! I know you say you don't want commercial
carpet but your options are quite limited if you expect your carpet to last.
I suggest you consider a shorter nap, cut pile, commercial grade carpet installed
over hair pad. This type of carpet really looks nice! It will clean easily,
last forever, tolerate a lot of abuse and it is reasonable priced. For the
best price, stick with a basic style with no pattern. Get your hands on a copy of my book and you'll be sure
to get the job done right from start to finish!
Q. Best Carpet and Pad for Dry
We just finished off our large basement and ready for the carpet. The
basement is very dry and has never had any water. It will be heavily used for
bedroom, game room, family room, home theater, pool room, and a weight room. I
know from researching that nylon is the best way to go but not sure if I should
go with textured plush or a commercial grade of carpet. I don't really want to
use any glued down carpet and definitely not Berber. To have less seams we have
to look at 15 ft goods. Also need to know what would be the best pad and weight
of carpet to use. I am going to bookstore to try and find your book because I am
hesitant to order on the computer. Your web site has been most helpful and I am
sure the book would be well worth it.
The padding requirements for textured plush are different from for a
commercial carpet. I have a commercial carpet in my office/family room and it
is great. I know I will get my monies worth from it, as it will last for 15 to
20 years. Textured plush that will last this long would cost about twice as
much. You decide how long you want it to last and use that as your guide.
Best Berber Carpet Choices
I love your website! If you could give us some general comments on our
proposed Berber carpet purchase we would be most grateful.
We are looking at buying 192 yards of Mystic Trace by Shaw. It is a DuPont Xtra
life Tactesse, BCF Nylon, short looped Berber carpet. Face weight 46.8oz. Tufted
pile height .437 inches. . Density is 4434. Total weight is 82oz. We are buying
the carpet from a local family store in Houston.
We are having this carpet installed over stairs. We are a little worried about
the "smile" - a cracked appearance where the carpet bends. Will this
be an issue? Can a good installer avoid this? Is this a good mid-grade carpet? We do have a kid and plan to have more but really love Berber.
I'm afraid that your love of
a looped Berber will soon turn into a disheartened relationship as your family
grows. Not only do I often see the damage caused by children and pets on a
frequent basis but I also get plenty of e-mails from folks with kids or pets
who purchased a looped Berber carpet only to discover un-repairable snags and runs
showing up all over the place.
If you were older and all your kids were grown
I would say a looped Berber style would be great choice, especially if it were
made of nylon! But you are just going into the growing family zone where
everything you hold dear will soon be ruined, stained, snagged, broken, lost,
mistreated or mutilated. I know because I have raised 6 children.
If you decide to buy
a looped Berber anyway, there is a right way and a wrong way to
put Berber on stairs. A good installer will know how to deal with the
"smile" you mentioned by making sure the carpet nap runs the right
direction. With Berber styles, the smaller the loops the more durable and less
prone to matting the carpet will be.
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