What Are Some Signs Of Poorly Installed Carpet?

What are some signs of poorly installed carpet? Without the correct tools, like a power stretcher or tack strips, there may be seams or peaks in the carpeting. Some outside of the carpet world may not agree,...

Some outside of the carpet world may not agree, but choosing the right carpet for your home can be as big as a decision as buying your next family car. Having good quality carpet installed in your home can completely change the outlook of a room or a house in minutes.

But just as you wouldn't jump on the first car salesman in town without first doing a little research, most carpet experts will tell you that the same applies when choosing a carpet for your home.

First, you want to be sure that the person or retailer you have chosen is reliable and dependable. Even if you do a hefty amount of research on the company or retailer, not many of us actually know the ins and outs of having carpet installed.

The Carpet and Rug Institute is the trade association for the carpet industry. Carol Turner has worked with the Carpet and Rug Institute for sixteen years as a technical services manager. He has been responsible for some of the testing programs for carpet, vacuum cleaners, and adhesives.

In his many years of service to the carpet industry, Turner says that he's very familiar with some of the main reasons why consumers complain about poorly installed carpet.

And the first issue that Turner notices that usually comes up during carpet installation is the stretching of the carpet.

"If you do not use a power stretcher to adequately stretch the carpet, you are going to have problems," he says. "Eventually, you may have wrinkles and buckles that will develop in the carpet."

More times than not, an experienced carpet installer will have the right tools for the job, including a power stretcher to stretch the carpet. But for the carpet installers that plan to take on this job themselves, having all the necessary tools to get the job done will help with the installation of the carpet.

Some tools that consumers should be sure to have when installing carpet on their own include: shears, tackless strip, masonry nails, hammer, carpet padding, heavy scissors, utility knife, staple gun, duct tape, carpet, chalk, seaming tape, seaming iron, rolling pin, knee kicker, power stretcher, trimmer, stair tool, and gripper edge.

Most of the equipment can be picked up at your local hardware store. The others, such as the power stretcher, seaming iron, and the knee kicker can all be rented from a carpet manufacturer.

In addition to the problems that you may run into when installing carpet yourself, Turner says that poor seams in the carpet is always something to look out for when having a carpet installed.

"Seams are another area where consumers often find dissatisfaction," he says. "We get a lot of calls from consumers about seams. Seams will peak somewhat when you stretch them."

"The location of the seam can detect whether or not you will even see the seam," he adds. "Typically, you want to run a seam into the predominant lighting that is coming into the room. Try to run the seams into the windows."

So what's the best way to handle the seam issue?

"The problems with seams can also be avoided if the dealer, retailer, and also the installer discuss with the consumer where these seams are going to go," Turner says. "Often, seams can be relocated or moved somewhere else. Depending on perhaps where furniture is going to go, there may be several seams in a room. Often, we have a break down of communication on seams, and a lot of problems could have been avoided if seams were discussed prior to making the installation."

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