When in the market for rug pads, one's primary concern should be quality and not affordability. Rug pads are great tools for giving your carpet added support and utility, but the wrong choice of rug pad can often be detrimental or even fatal for the carpet in question. This usually happens when the customer is misinformed in regards to the different materials used and the compatibility of a particular rug pad with the carpet in question. Rug pads not only come in different materials of all levels of quality but also in different levels of thickness, density and size, ranging from small rug pads designed to keep area rugs firmly in place to 8 x 10 rug pads supporting standard sized carpets in whichever way is needed. These factors all determine what the rug pad should and shouldn't be used for. A prime foam rug pad is going to provide excellent cushioning and comfort; its exceptional thickness and softness of the material will make walking across the rug above it feel like a breeze, and as such, they are best used for living rooms and similar rooms where comfort is priority. However, if one was to put such a rug pad underneath a rug that covers a high traffic area, with many people walking over the rug pad in shoes on a daily basis, the prime foam rug pad, while generally considered to be of good quality, would break down from all the wear and tear and possibly take the carpet down with it. This is because a rug pad simply doesn't perform well outside the environment it was designed for. So, if you have a high traffic area on your hands and need a rug pad to help prolong the carpet's life and assist it against the constant wear and tear, you need sturdy padding that is often best offered in the form of a dense and thick flat rubber pad. This will provide you with excellent support against all that traffic and you won't need to worry nearly as much about your carpet being destroyed. Similarly, it's best to avoid placing furniture on top of a carpet, and this stands especially true for heavy furniture, but sometimes the design of the room necessitates it. If you face yourself with such a case, look to get a hard rug pad of considerable density, as it will acts as a preventive measure in the battle against furniture marks that are known to sometimes ruin the carpet permanently. In all the education about different materials and types of rug pads, don't forget the price of all the rug pads you need combined. While it might seem like a trivial cost, remember that rug pads vary not only in material but also in size, and the price of several high quality 8 x 10 rug pads is no joke for many, especially when you add it on top of the 8 x 10 rugs you purchased that were likely a considerable expense on their own. So, while shopping for rug pads, never forget your budget, and if needed, get only rug pads for the carpets that need them most.