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October 14, 2014

 

Buying new carpet can be a significant investment, and homeowners occasionally decide to install it themselves to try and save money. Although this decision may seem more frugal, a lack of experience can cause expensive mistakes that cost individuals far more than if they had hired professional installers.

The damage from making a wrong move during installation can cost significantly more overall than what was budgeted for the installation. What's more, the hassle can be enormous and time consuming, which leaves furniture packed in other rooms and an unwanted construction nightmare on your hands. How can you prevent this? By knowing what errors to avoid. 

Common Errors in DIY Carpet Installation

1. Choosing the wrong type of carpet

Many people believe that they are buying the desired amount, color, and style of carpet until they get home and begin to unroll. Only then do they realize that the carpet is the wrong color, size or style. It is much more difficult to return a roll of carpet once it has been cut. A professional will measure correctly, help you decide on proper style and color. They will also give you information on pile and durability.

2. Applying glue too early

Amateur carpet layers often find that they lay the glue and it dries before they are able to finagle the carpet into place. Timing this correctly is an art form. Professionals are trained in this act, whereas DIY-ers might not be. The trouble with this is that applying new glue over dried glue is less effective and causes lumps and bumps under the carpet. 

3. Measuring floor layouts incorrectly

One wrong measurement means that you have too much carpet or not enough. If your purchased carpet is too large, you overpaid. Larger carpets can be cut down, but it takes extra work. A carpet that is too small, however, either has to be returned and reordered (which delays your project) or has to be lived with and patched. Patching is very tricky to do in a way that is desirable. 

4. Failing to eliminate ripples/wrinkles

It is incredibly difficult to lay carpet without an unwanted wrinkle or ripple; doing so requires a great deal of finesse and experience. If the job isn't started correctly, fixing these issues is a chore.

5. Using the wrong tools/equipment

Professional carpet layers are experienced and know the proper tools and equipment to use to have your carpet lying flawlessly in your home.

6. Lining up patterned carpet incorrectly

Most carpet has a grain or pattern to it. Some carpet is definitely patterned throughout and others have a very subtle pinstripe or checkered layout that may even go unnoticed at first. Professionals lay seams end to end the appropriate way and ensure that all sections match up perfectly so that seams aren't noticeable. 

Avoid the headache; Hire a professional

Laying carpet correctly takes experience and knowledge. Save time and hassle by calling the experts at Rite Rug Flooring for a professional and efficient job done right the first time. Contact us today to start enjoying beautiful and luxurious carpet. 

 

Posted by: Rite Rug Blog Administrator

 

Buying new carpet can be a significant investment, and homeowners occasionally decide to install it themselves to try and save money. Although this decision may seem more frugal, a lack of experience can cause expensive mistakes that cost individuals far more than if they had hired professional installers.

The damage from making a wrong move during installation can cost significantly more overall than what was budgeted for the installation. What's more, the hassle can be enormous and time consuming, which leaves furniture packed in other rooms and an unwanted construction nightmare on your hands. How can you prevent this? By knowing what errors to avoid. 

Common Errors in DIY Carpet Installation

1. Choosing the wrong type of carpet

Many people believe that they are buying the desired amount, color, and style of carpet until they get home and begin to unroll. Only then do they realize that the carpet is the wrong color, size or style. It is much more difficult to return a roll of carpet once it has been cut. A professional will measure correctly, help you decide on proper style and color. They will also give you information on pile and durability.

2. Applying glue too early

Amateur carpet layers often find that they lay the glue and it dries before they are able to finagle the carpet into place. Timing this correctly is an art form. Professionals are trained in this act, whereas DIY-ers might not be. The trouble with this is that applying new glue over dried glue is less effective and causes lumps and bumps under the carpet. 

3. Measuring floor layouts incorrectly

One wrong measurement means that you have too much carpet or not enough. If your purchased carpet is too large, you overpaid. Larger carpets can be cut down, but it takes extra work. A carpet that is too small, however, either has to be returned and reordered (which delays your project) or has to be lived with and patched. Patching is very tricky to do in a way that is desirable. 

4. Failing to eliminate ripples/wrinkles

It is incredibly difficult to lay carpet without an unwanted wrinkle or ripple; doing so requires a great deal of finesse and experience. If the job isn't started correctly, fixing these issues is a chore.

5. Using the wrong tools/equipment

Professional carpet layers are experienced and know the proper tools and equipment to use to have your carpet lying flawlessly in your home.

6. Lining up patterned carpet incorrectly

Most carpet has a grain or pattern to it. Some carpet is definitely patterned throughout and others have a very subtle pinstripe or checkered layout that may even go unnoticed at first. Professionals lay seams end to end the appropriate way and ensure that all sections match up perfectly so that seams aren't noticeable. 

Avoid the headache; Hire a professional

Laying carpet correctly takes experience and knowledge. Save time and hassle by calling the experts at Rite Rug Flooring for a professional and efficient job done right the first time. Contact us today to start enjoying beautiful and luxurious carpet. 

 

October 02, 2014

While some prize carpet most highly for its appearance and material, many prefer to choose the most comfortable carpets. There are a number of factors that contribute to the softness of a carpet, including style and material. The following are a few carpet types and materials and their relative softness:

 

  • Loop carpet. Carpets are made by sewing strands of yarn into some form of backing material, creating loops. When those loops remain uncut, the carpet is referred to as loop carpet, or Berber carpet. This is popular for creating patterns and textures, and it tends to be a durable and aesthetically pleasing style of carpet. Unfortunately, this is usually the least soft and forgiving of the carpet types.

 

  • Cut pile carpet. As the name suggests, these carpets are manufactured by cutting the loops of yarn, ensuring that the fibers all stand up from the backing. Cut pile carpet is more comfortable than loop carpet, as the fibers bend and fold beneath weight, providing more of a cushioning effect. Another word for cut pile carpet is plush carpet, a term usually reserved for the most comfortable type of carpet.

 

  • Wool. Wool is the softest and most comfortable material, but can also be very expensive. It is highly durable and a good insulator, so it’s perfect for keeping rooms warm.

 

  • Nylon. The most commonly used carpet material, nylon is soft, durable, and less expensive than wool. It can be printed to bear intricate designs, but can stain easily.

 

  • Blended materials. A large percentage of carpets are made from a blend of materials, like nylon and wool, different types of polyester, and varying blends of other synthetic and natural fibers.

 

To learn more about what makes a carpeting soft or to buy high quality carpeting at a great price, contact Rite Rug.

 

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Posted by: Rite Rug Blog Administrator

While some prize carpet most highly for its appearance and material, many prefer to choose the most comfortable carpets. There are a number of factors that contribute to the softness of a carpet, including style and material. The following are a few carpet types and materials and their relative softness:

 

  • Loop carpet. Carpets are made by sewing strands of yarn into some form of backing material, creating loops. When those loops remain uncut, the carpet is referred to as loop carpet, or Berber carpet. This is popular for creating patterns and textures, and it tends to be a durable and aesthetically pleasing style of carpet. Unfortunately, this is usually the least soft and forgiving of the carpet types.

 

  • Cut pile carpet. As the name suggests, these carpets are manufactured by cutting the loops of yarn, ensuring that the fibers all stand up from the backing. Cut pile carpet is more comfortable than loop carpet, as the fibers bend and fold beneath weight, providing more of a cushioning effect. Another word for cut pile carpet is plush carpet, a term usually reserved for the most comfortable type of carpet.

 

  • Wool. Wool is the softest and most comfortable material, but can also be very expensive. It is highly durable and a good insulator, so it’s perfect for keeping rooms warm.

 

  • Nylon. The most commonly used carpet material, nylon is soft, durable, and less expensive than wool. It can be printed to bear intricate designs, but can stain easily.

 

  • Blended materials. A large percentage of carpets are made from a blend of materials, like nylon and wool, different types of polyester, and varying blends of other synthetic and natural fibers.

 

To learn more about what makes a carpeting soft or to buy high quality carpeting at a great price, contact Rite Rug.

 

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