All You Need to Know About Area Rug Pads
Area rug pads are thin underlays that are specially made to be used under area rugs to simultaneously protect both your rug and your floor.
While not an absolute necessity, at Royal Flooring, we highly recommend buying a high-quality area rug pad so you can extend its lifespan and get the most enjoyment out of your rug for years to come.
If this is your first area rug, or the first time you’ve heard about area rug pads, our flooring experts want to provide some background on what types there are, the most recommended materials to look for, and why we think area rug pads are important. Keep reading to learn more!
The Main Types of Area Rug Pads
There are three main types of area rug pads for hard-surface floors, especially hardwood. They are non-slip, cushioned, and pads that offer a combination of both. An additional type is a rug-to-carpet pad. As you’ll see below, each type offers its own added value and benefit according to the size of your area rug and where it is located within your home.
What to Know before You Buy
There are many different options of rug pads in various materials available, even in addition to the ones mentioned here. Therefore, it’s important to note that not all options suit every use. So, even if this seems self-evident, remember that when buying an area rug pad, look for a pad that is specifically designed for use under an area rug.
Before selecting your area rug pad, it’s best to first review your flooring manufacturer’s recommendations. As previously mentioned, this is because some types of materials found in various area rug pads may not be recommended for use on certain types of flooring, and they may cause damage to your existing floor, like discoloration or worse. Also be sure to check out your floor’s warranty to see if any materials are prohibited from use.
For any other questions, including how to measure your area rug for a rug pad or which type of area rug pad is better for your particular floor and lifestyle, feel free to contact us at Royal Flooring. One of our experts will help you find the best area rug pad for your area rug and floors.