Installing Different Types of Carpet The Basics

In today’s home design considerations, plenty of thought should be given to the type of carpet you will be installing into a room. There are many different types of carpet to choose from, and finding the right carpet for the right room is not always an easy task. In addition, depending on which type of carpet you choose, you may have to pay special attention to certain installation instructions which will ultimately result in a beautifully finished room with a properly installed carpet. Here are some of the most common types of carpet available and some helpful tips on how to install them.

Woven – When installing a woven carpet, it is important that the room’s environment be between 65 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit and the humidity between 10 and 65 percent. The room should be regulated within these confines for at least 72 hours prior to and 72 hours after installation. Plus, if using seam sealer, it too should be kept within these parameters for at least 24 hours before use. Woven carpet should be laid flat for approximately 24 hours prior to installation. This is essential to allow the carpet to “relax.”

Tufted – Tufted carpet is one of the most common types of carpet and it is available in three different varieties – cut pile, level loop pile and cut and loop pile. For a proper installation, the carpet should be laid into position for at least 24 hours so it can be acclimatized. The sub floor needs to be free of any oils or paints with a relative humidity of no more than 70 percent. Seams should run the length of the installation so traffic can run along the seams rather than across them.

Tufted and woven are the two primary types of installed carpet. Other types of carpet include needle felt, flat weave and hooked rug. These types of constructions are most commonly found in area rugs.

General Carpet Installation Tips

• Never install carpet over an existing carpet
• Avoid cutting a piece of carpet over another piece of carpet, always place a cutting board between the two sections of carpet
• Allow a space between the wall and the tackless strip equal to roughly 2/3 the thickness of the carpet

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