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Carpet installation is a key factor on how well your carpet will perform for you. Improperly installed carpet will not look as nice, nor will last as long and can actually damage the carpet itself. These days, everyone with a carpet staple gun thinks they’re an installer. Don’t be fooled! A business card and a pick-up truck do not a professional carpet installer make. It takes years to develop the skills for professional carpet installation, skills like minimizing and hiding seams, matching surface transition heights and using specialized tools. Most carpet manufactures require your carpet to be installed professionally, in order for their warranties to apply. Here at Strictly Custom Carpets, we can install your standard residential carpet or your woven carpet. Below is a list of the types of carpet installations we do.
Types of Carpet Installation
Most residential and some commercial carpet is installed over a cushion (or pad), and is fastened to the floor by stretching the carpet onto pins protruding from wood strips around the perimeter of the installation area. The wooden strip with projecting tacks or pins is known as “tackless strip”, so named because it contrasts with the now obsolete installation method when carpet was tacked directly to the floor.
Power Stretching vs. Knee Kicking
As mentioned above, understanding that a properly installed carpet must be fully stretched according to the manufacturer’s specifications is one of the most important carpet tips to keep in your arsenal. All the “give” in new carpet must be removed during installation so no buckling, rippling or “growth” occurs during use. Unfortunately, many carpet installers now use a “knee kicker” device rather than a proper power stretcher. The knee kicker is seldom, if ever, capable of adequately stretching carpet to correct specifications. With use, the carpet shifts, especially in high traffic areas, and appears lumpy with buckles, bumps and waves (or worse) and often requires re-installation.
A carpet seam is no better than the quality of the seaming tape used and the care taken by the installer who joins the carpet sections. A low quality installation usually involves the use of a poor grade adhesive seaming tape with the least amount of glue. The result is a weak seam, prone to break open when subjected to normal use or to the ordinary mechanical action of carpet cleaning. Some woven carpets, such as Axminster or Wilton call for specialized seaming methods. Many are made with natural fiber backings, such as jute or cotton, and even minimal shrinkage during wet cleaning may be enough to break open seams. These special woven carpets, and certain custom-made carpets, require either hand-sewn seams or use of only top-grade seaming tape to properly join carpet sections. A split seam is the likely result of improper or insufficient seaming during installation. It is usually not the fault of the carpet cleaner.
Glue-Down and Double Glue-Down Installation
Many commercial carpets may be glued down, using a contact-type adhesive, which is a better method for carpet in high-use areas or under moving furniture. Proper trowel-notch size and knowing the time it takes for the adhesive to develop, as well as proper floor preparation and adhesive selection are all required for a successful installation. A newer method of contract carpet installation is “double glue down”. In this process the cushion (pad) is glued to the floor, then the carpet is glued to the cushion.
Once carpet is installed, keep all areas well ventilated. Open windows, open the air conditioner’s fresh air vent, keep inside doors ajar and move as much fresh air as possible through the newly carpeted area. In a short time the new carpet will be “right at home”, bringing great pleasure to all.
Carpet binding is the fabric that is sewn on to the edges of the carpet to keep it from unraveling. If you have extra carpet left over from an install give us a call. We will come out and pick up your carpet and bring it back to you when it’s done. There is no hassle in trying to get a large piece in your car. If you’re looking for carpet to make a rug, we will bring samples to your home and help you design one. If you are an installer and need carpet cove base cut and bound, we do that too.