The Best Carpet Padding for Pet Owners
If you have a dog, cat, or other pet that tends to have accidents, kids that have a habit of spilling drinks, or general concern about moisture getting into and damaging your carpet, moisture barrier padding may be right for you.
What is moisture barrier padding?
Moisture barrier padding is floor padding with layers that prevent liquids from passing through your carpet to the floorboards. It also works to prevent vapor from coming up from the base floor through the carpet.The purpose of this type of padding is to make moisture less of an issue. Your dog's pee can be removed by simply blotting it up. So you don't have to worry about ripping up the carpet to clean the subfloor (padding or plywood) to get rid of the smell. You also don't have to worry about moisture seeping through your floor.It can be installed over concrete, wood, tile, or vinyl subfloors to pad carpet and also acts as an excellent thermal insulator and helps with noise reduction. But its primary purposes are to keep moisture out of your subfloors, inhibit the growth of mold and mildew, and make it easier to get rid of pet urine bacteria and odors.
Moisture barrier padding is excellent for pet accidents.
Animal urine happens to be one of the most common moisture problems facing homeowners. Typically, urine absorbs through carpet padding and into the floorboard. Eliminating the bacteria and odor from urine that has penetrated the padding and requires pulling up the carpet and pad is not a cheap fix.This is where moisture barrier padding can help. If installed correctly, the barrier will cause the urine to pool on top of your carpet padding instead of penetrating it. Then, the fluid can be sucked up without seeping down into the floorboard. That way, you can stay on top of it before it becomes a real issue, preventing a lot of headaches and keeping money in your pocket. Be sure to ask to see a sample of this padding at Satolli Carpet & Floor Covering.
Proper installation is critical.
While moisture barrier pads have amazing benefits, it is important to know where they could go wrong. One of the worst things that can happen is having it installed incorrectly.Correct installation of moisture barrier padding is critical and requires an installer that knows what they're doing. If the padding is installed with staples or is not sealed with the proper tape, moisture may still get through to the floor. Another major problem is if a gap is left between the padding and the wall. These mistakes might render your moisture barrier useless, so make sure your installation technician avoids them and does a good job.
Is it worth the extra cost?
Moisture barrier padding not only makes it easier to clean up liquids and spills, but it also protects your padding and subfloor from water damage and mold. If you have ever had water damage or mold problems before, you know it is not cheap or easy to repair. It is common for the harm to be severe enough to require replacing your carpet and pad altogether. Having a moisture barrier pad to prevent those problems could end up saving you a ton of money. It's up to you to weigh the pros and cons for your particular situation, but if you have pets or small children, our recommendation is to take the leap and add moisture barrier padding to protect your floors.
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If you have any other questions about moisture barrier padding and whether it is right for you, give us a call, send an email, or request an appointment with our carpet experts today.