Carpet Pad: Rebond or Memory Foam?

Discussion in 'Carpet Q&A' started by VKoenig, Nov 8, 2011.

  1. cproader

    cproader All over T's last nerve Senior Member

    It could have characturistics of an 8 lb but not the density....made sense before I wrote it. What happened...:blink:....that was a big word. I gotta rest awhile.....
  2. Nate Hall

    Nate Hall Types With Elbows Senior Member Published

    Just two more cents worth, from me. The 7/16" is the MAXIMUM hieght. Almost double the thickness of tackless strip. (the wooden, spike-covered strips that hold the carpet to the floor) When combined with the 6# density COULD cause loosening (is that even a word?) over time. How much time? It depends on traffic. If you walk through the room twice a week, lotts of time . If you have hippos roller-skating through the room daily, not as much time.
    I believe it is the COMBINATION of hieght and density that causes a pad to make or break a carpet.
  3. VKoenig

    VKoenig Member

    I called the parent company to get the scoop on the "6# Stainmaster" pad. They said that their "super 1/2-inch" and their "Stainmaster" pad are both the same pad; one has the moisture barrier and the one does not. Whoever makes the pad has been certified to have a barrier with the Stainmaster label (by whoever has the rights to the Stainmaster name, I presume).

    They said that the pad is 1/2-inch, listed at 6# pounds but is rated at closer to 6.5#. It sounds like it would work fine with the carpet I'm interested in. But a part of me thinks that an 8# pound pad would be better...
  4. kylenelson

    kylenelson You'll find me on the floor I Support TFP Senior Member

    I would highly suggest 8lb moisture barrier. 6lb is the minimum pad. It looks like you're spending a fair share of money anyway, a few more dollars will be well worth it in the end.
  5. Nate Hall

    Nate Hall Types With Elbows Senior Member Published

    Not only that, but the carpet delivers the "gustiness" and the pad delivers longevity (hopefully )
  6. FlooringGirl

    FlooringGirl Senior Member

    The Stainmaster padding I sell is an 8# ... have never heard of a 6# Stainmaster pad.

    So, you got the runaround and did your research, as you should. In my opinion, get the thickest pad to keep your carpet warranties (7/16") and the most dense without being a rock (8#), then you're good. Having a moisture/enzyme barrier is never a mistake.

  7. Ben

    Ben Pro Member

    Having read your other posts and knowing that you're considering some nicer carpet styles for your project- I think you're insane to put a 6# pad under the carpet you're considering! Pad is what makes carpet feel good. 6# is for FHA minimum new construction and apartments. At a minimum get an 8# rebond, but preferably get a rebond with a moisture barrier, memory foam, whatever. Moisture barrier pad does help in that it keeps spills from reaching the sub-floor and wicking back up in the future after you think you're removed a stain forever it shows back up. Memory foam content or straight memory foam pad makes you want to lay on your carpet and make the carpet version of a snow angel or carpet angel. It also makes you want to walk around barefoot all the time.
  8. FlooringGirl

    FlooringGirl Senior Member

    Completely off-topic, but when Ben mentioned snow angels, it reminded me of about 10 years ago, having a drink at the VFW, it was snowing like the dickens, and I got the old vets to go out in the parking lot and make snow angels with me. You have to have a good time in life! I did have to help get people up off of the ground afterwards, but we sure had a good time! :) Giggled like little kids!

    Get the best pad you can ... the foundation is what holds the house up!

  9. VKoenig

    VKoenig Member

    We ended up with an 8# Karastan "Karastep Relax" - nice pad, really bouncy. We even like just walking on the pad, and the old pad is so thin and flimsy compared to it.

    I'm still a bit nervous about the carpet - it feels too soft to be nylon! It says "100% nylon" on the backing so I guess it's what I ordered. But it almost feels softer than Smartstrand or polyester...
  10. kylenelson

    kylenelson You'll find me on the floor I Support TFP Senior Member

    Don't complain, that's a good thing! :)
  11. EABdesign

    EABdesign Pro Member

    Nicely said, Tia.

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