Carpet floors don't heat the room in the literal sense, but they retain it, making a place feel warmer by providing extra insulation. Rather than transfer heat, they hold onto it, especially if the carpet has a thick pile. It also acts as a physical barrier between the surface floor and the subfloor; carpet floors can be installed over concrete, known for dampness and cold and, between the rug and its padding, you'll be well protected. Want to learn more? Consider us your one-stop source when shopping for carpet in East Montpelier.
What is the R-Factor?
A flooring's resistance to heat transfer (or thermal resistance) is called R-value. Some rugs insulate much better than others; for example, thicker is better, and wall-to-wall carpeting is best yet. To compare, wool carpet rates a maximum R-value of 2.1, while some thinner ones can rate as low as 0.7. The higher the R-value, the better the material insulates. It should also be noted here that rugs can help save energy bills, especially since uninsulated floors account for 20% of heat loss.
Another consideration of R-Value: Padding
The R-value of the padding, combined with the installed carpeting R-value, often produces an R-value exceeding 2.0. Padding R-value varies depending on weight, density, and composition. For example, a urethane cushion is best for low foot traffic and has a high R-Value, ranging from 1.05 to 2.15.
Rubber varies between 0.31 and 1.61. It's dense to withstand heavy foot traffic but should be without fillers because they can break down over time and produce an uneven surface. Fiber padding is composed of hair or plant fibers has an R-value range between 0.97 and 1.94, and is also suitable for high traffic floors.
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