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Old 12-16-2009, 07:44 AM   #1
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Carpet/Padding Question? Which is more important?

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I have been told, that you can buy cheaper carpeting, (NOT total trash) but say I could step down 1 grade up carpet and upgrade the padding and have the same feeling? Is this true or just wishful thinking?


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Same feeling but not the same wearability. The cheaper carpet will deteriorate faster.


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Old 12-16-2009, 08:08 AM   #3
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It's a wash. If you put cheap pad under a carpet, it not only will flatten out before the carpet is worn out, it will also cause the carpet to wear out sooner. The biggest thing with any carpet is to vacuum 2-3 times a week. Keep it clean and it will last longer. I have seen cheap carpet last for years because it was maintained. I have seen expensive carpet ruined within a year. If it starts to get a wrinkle, don't wait, get it restetched. And don't automatically blame the installer. There are some carpet backings that will not hold a stretch.
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I call BS.

My wife picked out the thickest, nicest carpet, and we put down a premium pad underneath. There's no comparison.

A good pad under a midling carpet is better than a cheap pad under the same carpet, but a nicer carpet is a nicer carpet, and you will notice the difference.

Especially if you walk barefoot on it
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