frequently asked questions:
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construction, material and content may be incomplete)
How long does it take to get carpet?
If the carpet is in-stock at the mill, at the time of order,
carpet arrives in 1 to 5 days from time of order. Carpet is
almost always in-stock, but when it is not, most manufacturers
can produce carpet in 7 to 10 days plus 1 to 5 days for
shipping. The other consideration is scheduling
"manpower" (i.e. installation). Installation schedules
can vary anywhere from 2 days to 2 weeks depending on business
activity. Normally we will schedule a specific installation date
at time of order, not a window of possible or likely
installation. The further in advance you order, the greater the
chances of scheduling the exact day you desire. When rush
jobs occur, we do everything we can to accommodate.
How is carpet measured and
why does it differ for my square footage measurement?
flooring like ceramic tile or wood planks, most carpet is made
in rolls that are 12 ft wide, sometime 15. This means the width
of the carpet must be considered for a proper layout. Also, the
type of carpet, direction of the yarns "nap", pattern
if any, and the seam locations must be considered relative to
your room dimensions, traffic flow, and even natural light
sources in order to effect a proper installation. So
compared to modular flooring like tile, carpet will usually
require more footage. If you where to order carpet based of net
square footage alone, the result would be a shortage of material
necessary for proper installation.
Will I see the seams?
In most carpet installations carpet seams are often
necessary, simply because the room receiving carpet is wider
than the carpet is made. Even with the most skilled
installers you will be able to detect seams, especially
if the seam runs across an incoming light sources such as
arcadia doors or windows. In most cases it is "seam
rise" that is detectable and this is due to the thickness of the seam tape,
"blossoming" of the yarns, and not a
poorly made seam. Generally speaking, this rise at the seam area
is due to three things.
- The thickness of the seam tape
used to seam the carpet together.
- The natural
"arching" of the underlying seam tape when
stretched during installation.
- Blossoming, that is, relaxing
or untwisting of the yarns at the seam area due to the heat
given off by the seaming iron. The heat relaxes the twist in
the yarns and will often cause yarns to stand taller and
appear fuller than the rest of the carpet pile.
In general, seams are most
noticeable right after installation and seam appearance improves
with time due to eventual relaxing of all the carpet yarns,
resulting from normal foot traffic and vacuuming.
Since carpet seams are a common
concern, we have included the following excerpt from the Guide
for Contractors, offered by the Arizona Registrar of Contractors
regarding carpet seams.
- Seams should be of good
appearance from a standing position, however seams normally
have some visibility.
- Some of the contributing
factors to seam visibility are:
Peaking - Due to the additional thickness of the
seam tape and the action of the heat from the seaming iron,
slight peaking can occur at the seam This will be
particularly apparent in lower profile and velvet type
Textures - Various textures have an effect on seam
visibility. Loop pile, loop pile berber and dense velvet
finishes will generally create more visible seams than other
How do I prepare for a
residential carpet installation?
This question along with other aspects
of carpet installation are answered by clicking Here.
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