Carpet padding is the carpet “support system” that makes a carpet feel richer and prevents it from becoming worn and matted. Prime urethane pads are generally the least expensive because they tend to compress after installation, especially in high traffic areas. Natural-and synthetic-fiber pads are the densest and most resilient but also the most expensive. In between these are bonded or rebounded pads made of multicolored polyurethane foam chunks. They offer a good compromise and are the most common residential padding. All of these types come in a variety of thicknesses and densities, Choose wisely: An extra thick pad can promote flexing that leads to open seams and weakened backing, while an overly thin pad can cause wrinkling and premature wear. Do you have any questions about carpet padding, or any other technical aspect of carpeting? At LIBERTY CARPET, our friendly staff members are happy to answer all your questions about anything in our wide selection of carpeting, including padding. In addition, we also offer a large selection of vinyl, area rugs, laminate, hardwood, and Bliss Healthy Touch car-peting. Drop in to our showroom at 628 Main Street, Hallstead, Or you can call 570-879-4567 to learn more. We’re open Mon.-Fri. 9-5:30, Sat., 9-4, or by appointment.

HINT: It is generally recommended that homeowners choose a residential carpet padding with a 6-to-8-pound density rating.