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Old 11-30-2008, 05:44 PM
 
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Builder is giving 1/2" thickness 5lb carpet pad throughout home?

Do i need to ask for more thickness or more pounds or any other characterisitcs
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Old 12-01-2008, 07:29 AM
 
Location: Sugar Grove, IL
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it has been too long since we bought carpeting, but if you get the thickest pad you can, it will make a huge difference in how long your carpeting will last. you can get by with a lower grade carpeting with a better pad.
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Old 12-01-2008, 07:54 AM
 
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About carpet pad.......

The 5 lb. pad you are getting is almost FHA grade. If this is a house that you plan on being in for a while, I'd suggest an 8 lb. at 1/2" thick.

Carpet pad is not about thickness......it's about density. A 1" thick styrofoam pad is useless. The denser the pad, the more resistance there is to compression.

You didn't say what type of carpet you are buying. Berber Bond pad is a 3/8' thickness, but weighs in at just under 8 lbs.(like, 7.6 lbs., or close to that. It sounds too thin, I know, but it actually supports the berber style construction better than a thicker pad, and the density (weight) is appropriate to a long life in your carpet.

Don't accept the 5 lb. junk.

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Streamer1212
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Old 12-01-2008, 01:44 PM
 
Location: St Augustine
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We upgraded to a 3M brand pad that is waterproof, no idea how thick. It's awesome, no stains or dirt to get under the carpet. Suposedly guarenteed forever.
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Old 12-02-2008, 08:48 PM
 
Location: Midcoast Maine
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We replaced our builder grade carpet and pad last spring. What a huge difference a good pad makes! We went with the water-proof 8 lb. pad, and it was worth every penny! Well worth the extra cost (which isn't really that much), and it'll make your new carpet last much longer.
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Old 12-03-2008, 06:05 PM
 
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all the upgrades from the builder are only 6lb, its not 5lb.
I felt after reading, 8lb is better. Thats what I saw in Home depot too.
I will try to find out whether they can upgrade to 8lb for the small money.

thanks guys...
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Old 05-08-2009, 11:50 PM
 
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We upgraded to a 3M brand pad that is waterproof, no idea how thick. It's awesome, no stains or dirt to get under the carpet. Suposedly guarenteed forever.

What was the 3m product name or part number nad where did you get it. I did a quick search of Google and cannot find any information on it.
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Old 09-25-2009, 09:52 AM
 
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A couple of days ago, the sales manager sent change form and we signed. The total price was not changed but just a couple item changed to change the pat.

It said

Mike checked with Flooring Services and the price for tearing out the already installed carpet and pat to replace it with an upgraded 1/2" pad is $1918.

also

Checked with Mike and this is the cost of having the painters and sheetrockes come back through to fix paint, sheetrock, and baseboards damanged as a result of changing out the parpet pad.

It states in the documentation.

How he can change the mind again? Is he lying or does he forget ???? Unbelieable.
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Old 09-25-2009, 09:55 AM
 
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sorry
ignore the previous message. I was in the wrong place...
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Old 09-25-2009, 02:17 PM
 
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The denser pad (8 lb) will make your carpet last longer. Only downside to the denser pad is the 'denser' feel when you are walking on the carpet. Some people just do not like that stiffer feel when they walk. It's almost like walking on concrete.

You should still get 10+ years out of the carpet even with the 5 lb pad and some people are perfectly fine with that. As styles and trends change over the coarse of a decade - They'd be changing the carpet every 10 years any ways for that updated look.
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