home decorating


Question by  John28 (16)

Do I need a carpet pad to protect my hardwood floors?

Is a carpet pad really necessary?


Answer by  janedoe (701)

If you are laying down carpet over hardwood floors, you absolutely need a carpet pad. It prevents scratching and other damage to the hard wood. It also provides a way to attach the carpet to the floor without damage to the floor.


Answer by  Shelbyfre (110)

If you have furniture that tends to move a lot like chairs it is important to get carpet pads to protect your hardwood floors. Even with heavy furniture like tables and coaches, it is important to protect your floors. If you don't make the effort to get carpet pads you risk getting your floors scraped and damaged.


Answer by  Karen54 (971)

Carpet pads have two uses. One, they cushion the carpet so it is softer to walk on. Two, they protect your hardwood floor to prevent the rough back from scratching.


Answer by  sherry (211)

Yes, you need a carpet pad under your carpet. The carpet pad helps the carpet become soft so it will not be hard. The carpet also protects the floor and the carpet pad also helps the carpet stay where it will not wear out as fast as it would without.


Answer by  TheAnswerFairy (2345)

You will only need to use a carpet pad to protect your floors if you are using a rug that is very scratchy on the back. The main reason for using a carpet pad under a rug on a hardwood floor is so that the rug does not slip when you walk on it, causing injury.


Answer by  mannersandsuch (1796)

Yes it is. I know that it seems annoying but the backs of rugs are not designed not slip on carpets and the pad will also protect your floor from the back of the rug. Its important.


Answer by  emtrobstu (233)

Not really. A carpet pad is used mainly to prevent it from slipping around. The underside of the rug will be soft enough to where you won't need to worry about any scratches of abrasions. If you want a softer feel to the rug then yes you can put the pad underneath.


Answer by  melissa23 (1002)

Carpet pad is not necessary if you have quality hardwoods. You will need to wax them regularly to ensure that the floor does not get scratched up, you can also buff out any little scratches.


Answer by  Roland27 (16334)

It's a good idea since heat and cold tend to make the wood expand or shrink. It will help protect your flooring and make it last longer.

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