To Use Padding (Cushion that goes under the Carpet) or not to, is a question I am asked a lot when we install Carpeting in a basement or ground level over a slab. We generally recommend using padding unless there is a good likelihood the carpet can get wet, like rooms that are next to boiler/wash rooms, or areas that are prone to water seepage. See below the benefits of padding and of direct glue down installation.
If you have padding and the carpet gets wet, the padding will have to be changed in most cases.
Rebond Padding is sort of like a sponge and comes in different thicknesses and density’s. We recommend to use the ½” (thick) 6 Lb. (density) with most plush carpets, And the 3/8” 8 Lb. for lower plush carpets.
Felt Padding is a more dense padding with less give and doesn't feel as soft underfoot But will last longer than the rebond padding and is recommended for most low pile carpets, Woven Carpets and is also used in high traffic areas. It’s our preferred padding for most Installations. Some other benefits it is hypo allergenic and moisture resistant.
Specialty Padding (Rubber Padding, Pet Proof Padding, and more.) will be discussed in our next Blog.