Why Carpet Cushion is Necessary?

The carpet padding you choose is just as important as the carpet itself. Choose luscious, soft carpet cushion to minimize noise, maximize warmth, prioritize your family’s comfort and extend the life of your floor.

Why Carpet Cushion?

Carpet cushion, or padding, is the unseen comfort that makes your carpet look and feel great. Carpet cushion supports the floor by minimizing noise and maximizing warmth and can even extend the life of your carpet.

Benefits of padding:

  • Supports your carpet, helping it last longer.
  • Gives your carpet a richer, thicker, softer feel.
  • Brings warmth and quiet to your home by absorbing sound.
  • Increases insulation, making your space more energy efficient.
  • Keeps your carpet cleaner, allowing greater air flow and dirt removal during vacuuming.

Why Carpet Density is important?

Pad density is the #2 factor in pad durability (#1 is the type of pad… more on that later).

Density is typically measured in pounds (per cubic foot) but sometimes you’ll see it listed as ounces (per square yard). Expect the pad density to be 3-10lbs for most common padding. The range for ounces isn’t as straightforward because you usually only see it listed with fiber or rubbers pads, and these have completely different durability properties. Don’t confuse yourself trying to convert ounces to pounds or vice versa. Pounds and ounces, in this case, are completely different measurements and can’t be compared directly (it’s not just a 1lb = 16 oz conversion).

Unless you don’t care at all about how long your carpet lasts (in which case you probably wouldn’t be reading this), you want to go with at least a 5.75lb pad.

If you’re planning on 10+ year carpet, I recommend going all out with 7.25+lb pad. It’s not much more money to get 7.25lb pad vs 5.75lbs, and it will hold up much better under your carpet.

What Carpet Padding Thickness should I get?

We live in a bigger is better world. But with padding, thicker can be a big mistake. Thick padding may not be as durable, and anything over 8/16″ will cause installation problems. A 7/16” pad its the most recommend thickness, however, this isn’t always the case. Short-pile and Berber carpets often call for a thinner pad. The reason? The thicker pad can have too much “give” and damage these carpets.

What is the Difference Between Padding Types?

Urethane Foam is the material commonly known as foam rubber, which is produced by blowing gas into a heated, liquid chemical mixture. When it dries, the foam rubber is porous and spongy, and while the gas trapped within the urethane foam gives it great insulative properties it doesn't provide enough support to limit carpet movement and protect your carpet from wear.

Although Urethane Foam is a budget-friendly option it doesn’t give the support your carpet need, therefore, MyNewFloor.com is proud not to offer this type of padding.

The HUD standard for prime foam, when used in light or moderate traffic areas is 0.375 inch thick and 2.2 pounds per cubic foot. HUD does not recommend it for heavy traffic areas [source: CarpetInspector.com].

Rebond Foam is the preferred type of padding for residential applications. While it’s one the most affordable pads it still durable enough to hold up for many years, made from recycled shredded scrap foam with a liquid polyurethane added to bond the scraps together while being compressed into a block. It’s a dense, open cell foam that provides a firm, solid support base and holds its shape well without sacrificing longevity.

Rebond foam is popular for a wide range of applications because it’s resilient, lightweight, mildew resistant, and sound absorbent.

This versatile foam has remarkable density and ILD (Indentation Load Deflection). The density of rebond foam depends on a few factors, including thickness, but is generally 6 to 8 pounds. This means that 1 cubic foot weighs 6 to 8 pounds. Indentation Load Deflection is a measure of how much weight is needed to make an indentation in the foam. Higher ILD means firmer foam. Rebond foam typically has an ILD of 70 pounds. Comparing these two characteristics to that of a typical bed mattress might help give you an idea of just how firm this foam is. Mattress density is usually about 4 or 5 pounds with an ILD of 20 to 40 pounds.

Memory Foam is known for how comfortable it feels, made of frothed foam with viscoelastic gel-infused. It’s a dense, VOC free foam that provides a firm, comfortable support base while remaining durable.

Although Memory foam is resilient, comfortable, and suitable for a wide range of applications it’s not as popular as Rebond foam due to its high prices.

The HUD standards for frothed foam pads are a minimum of 0.25 inch and 10 pounds per cubic foot for light and moderate traffic. The same thickness, but 12 pounds per cubic foot is recommended for heavy traffic areas.

Specialty Carpet Features

Noise Insulation helps improve the acoustics of a home. Sound-absorbing materials are necessarily for apartments, condos, and two-level homes. Studies have shown that using carpet padding significantly increases impact noise ratings and results in measured noise reduction.

Thermal Insulation helps provide some insulation to your home. If you live in a cold environment, carpet padding will help retain some of your home’s heat. If you live in a hot environment, carpet padding will prevent cool air from escaping.

The insulating properties of carpet padding keep your energy bill down and your home well insulated.

Hypoallergenic carpet padding includes a moisture resistant property that helps to make the carpet pad anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, and anti-fungal. Recent researches have shown that most of the people are allergic to these stimulants and by effectively preventing them from settling on to your carpet, you stand a very good chance of enjoying a carpet in your home without having to worry about allergies.

SpillGuard Spillguard is a moisture-proof film that is applied to the surface of your carpet pad to prevent and repels spills. Since the spill can't seep into the carpet pad, it is lifted to the surface of the carpet to be easily blotted and wiped away. This helps to prevent sub-floor damage as spills can't seep in; they can be completely cleaned to prevent reappearing stains!

Here is a list of Carpet Padding we offer:

Premium Cushions - A high-quality cushion that offers luxurious comfort and exceptional durability. The best choice for pets and active families.

Comfort Cushion

-Visco Gel: 8lb gel-based padding that provides superior comfort and durability.

-SpillGuard: Moisture barriers to prevent liquids from penetrating the cushion and protects the sub-floor from mold and mildew.

-Provides Thermal and Noise Insulation.


Memories Cushion

-Memory Foam: 8lb memory foam based padding that provides superior comfort and durability.

-SpillGuard: Moisture barriers to prevent liquids from penetrating the cushion and protects the sub-floor from mold and mildew.

-Provides Thermal and Noise Insulation.


Preferred Cushion – Durable padding with enhanced features like moisture protection.

Tahoe Cushion

-7.25lb Rebond padding, 7/16” Thick

-SpillGuard: Moisture barriers to prevent liquids from penetrating the cushion and protects the sub-floor from mold and mildew.

-Provides Thermal and Noise Insulation.


Value Cushions - Affordable rebond cushion in a variety of densities and thicknesses.

Forest Cushion

-7.25lb Rebond padding, 7/16” Thick

-Provides Thermal and Noise Insulation.


Spring Cushion

-5.75 lb Rebond padding, 7/16” Thick

-Provides Thermal and Noise Insulation.


Now that you know the basics of carpet cushion call one of our flooring experts at MyNewFloor.com and they will be happy to assist you in choosing the best carpet to meet your household’s needs ensuring you will have the style, fiber composition, color and durability that is best suited for your home.