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Installing Carpet

Stretch-in Carpet Installation
There are situations in which the specifier will wish to utilize the stretch-in method. Its selection may be for one of the following reasons:

  • Provides enhanced underfoot comfort, acoustical properties (i.e., higher noise reduction coefficients and higher impact noise ratings) when installed with separate cushion
  • Increases thermal insulation (R-value)
  • Can be used over floors that are unsuitable for glue-down
  • Patterned carpet may be more easily matched
  • Corrective measures, such as seam repair, may be easier to perform
  • Removal costs usually are less than the removal of an adhered installation
Stretch-in Carpet Installations should be avoided:
  • On ramps and inclines
  • Where office systems furniture and demountable partitions are utilized
  • Where heavy rolling traffic is likely
  • Where there is excessive humidity
  • When carpet has a unitary backing or other backing systems designed only for glue-down installation
Direct Glue-down Installation
  • Suitable for rolling traffic and ramp areas
  • Seams are more durable since there is no vertical flexing
  • Minimized buckling in buildings that have HVAC systems turned off for extended periods of time
  • No restretch situations
  • Facilitates access to electrical and telephone lines under floor
  • Practically eliminates incidences of seam peaking
  • No restrictions to area size
  • Intricate border and inlay possibilities
  • Usually less expensive
Double Glue-down Installation
  • Combines the stability of direct glue-down carpet with the cushioning benefits of a separate cushion, stretch-in installation
  • Improves carpet appearance retention, foot comfort and overall performance
  • Simplifies carpet bordering and inlaying
  • Suitable for wheeled traffic areas
  • No restrictions to size of area


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