Forum Title: Carpet Padding Install
I just had a large home installed with a pattern carpet from a big box store. When it was completed, I had a TON of carpet left over and I knew I would. As they were leaving it occurred to me, I should have the same amount of padding left. I questioned the installers about this. They had to go back to the warehouse to get some to leave me. I have no idea how much I should have or why I was charged for more than I needed. How can that be? Did I miss something? I got a vibe like I was being a problem but it just doesn't add up. Is this typical?
Category: Carpet Post By: WILLIE ROGERS (Thousand Oaks, CA), 02/19/2019

I can't say if it's typical for your area or for that big box store, but whatever it is, it ain't right. All installers know that any particular carpet job requires a specific number of square yards of carpet, but a lesser square yards of cushion. This is because there is far less waste in pad than carpet and you can turn pad in any direction and use smaller pieces to cover the area necessary. However, when you buy more carpet to be used for a future project, it very well should include the same amount of extra pad. It is the same as going to a carpet store to buy material of the floor and load it in your vehicle. If you need 20sy of carpet, you also get 20sy of cushion - unless YOU tell the dealer you need less pad. Jim

- JOY TERRY (Evansville, IN), 04/25/2019

I guess what I don't understand, if I had a pattern carpet they knew they were selling me too much pad. I wasn't buying extra for a future product, it was to match all the rooms together. The extra I have is going in my shed. I had 220 yards of carpet, but I think I only needed about 180 yards of pad. If I had went to a private dealer, would they do this the same way?

- TERRY NGUYEN (Rock Hill, SC), 05/11/2019

ElizabethRichardson said: ? I guess what I don't understand, if I had a pattern carpet they knew they were selling me too much pad. I wasn't buying extra for a future product, it was to match all the rooms together. The extra I have is going in my shed. I had 220 yards of carpet, but I think I only needed about 180 yards of pad. If I had went to a private dealer, would they do this the same way?Click to expand... Most likely yes. Some of the stores that I have worked for over the many years even go so far as to cut about 10% from the amount sold from the installer. It figures out about that amount is actually used. He is expected to scrap in the job to make up that much. Of coarse if it is a straight room with no cut outs that doesn't work. For example if there is a stairway is where it can be made up. Stores that shorted us told us to hang on to any pieces for the jobs that didn't have any make up. Been a way of life since before I started almost 50 years ago. But really there is no way of telling how much will be actually used. Daris

- NICHOLAS COOPER (Jackson, MS), 04/21/2019

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