I see seams

Old 10-12-05, 04:22 PM
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I see seams

We just had our carpet installed and we can see seams at every place the carpet was joined. The installer said they will go away. What do you think. Our carpet is a low plush cut nylon polyester? We have expressed our concerns but he seams to think there is no problem with our seams. Thanks for your help in advance.
Old 10-15-05, 01:41 PM
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Although consumers expect seams to be invisible, this can not always be. Where seams have peaked, the edge facing the light source is lighter than that facing away from it. Thus, the seam is more visible. When possible, it is best to run seam toward the light source to minimize visibility of the seam.

The use of wider seam tape (6") distributes the stretch over a wider area and can often help minimize the peaking of seams. The use of a too hot seam iron will shrink carpet backing and cause peaking. In addition to using tape at seams, a seam sealer must be applied along the edges of carpet backing (this step is frequently omitted by installers). Also, backrolling carpet along edge of seam helps minimize peaking, as does prestretching carpet about 18" back from seam to reduce amount of stress placed on seam tape. Some installers use a carpet roller or tractor device that helps pull seams together while mixing fibers to make seams less visible.

Retailers should discuss seam placement and visibility issues with consumers. Seams are often unavoidable. Placing seams in less visible areas is recommended. Seams are weak places in the carpet and should not be placed in high traffic areas. Seams will be more visible in lighter color carpets. Seams are also more visible in loop carpets like berber because fibers can not be mixed.
Old 10-15-05, 04:00 PM
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If you see the seam now, you will always see it. It all depends on the craftsman constructing the seams, if they will be visible or not.

Do they look like black lines?

Do they look like a high row of yarns right at the join?

Is there a hump about 3-4 inches wide that looks raised compared to the main cut & fill?

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