There are some new condominiums that are having trouble installing carpet along the common corridors of the building. Third-party carpet inspectors are often the ones who have to decide why the carpet eventually fails. By the time carpet inspectors are involved in any of these claims, the carpet has finally been removed. Steam clean, vacuum, and you have atmospheric problems.
The nature of hospitality pattern carpets used in common areas of condominiums can cause problems. Proper installation and maintenance procedures are critical if there is any hope of looking good for more than a decade.
Typical carpeted hallways in condominiums often have stylized borders and irregularly shaped hallways that require several bedroom carpet to be stitched together to complete the installation. The way carpet stitches are made has changed dramatically in the last five years. Unfortunately, no one notified the carpet installer. There is no mechanism in the industry to notify carpet installers and retailers of changes in the industry.
According to the Carpet and Rug Institute’s 2011 Annual Carpet Installation Standards. An adhesive mat assumes that all smoothed edges are sealed with thermoplastic adhesive or similar. It was then suggested that a third bead of sealant was used on one edge of the seam to “weld” the carpet panels. Most carpet installers and retailers are unaware of this requirement. No wonder the seams are fading in many buildings.
Unfortunately, carpet manufacturers, textured carpet, carpet cleaners blame fuzzy seams on vacuum cleaners. And most recently, the new LEED-certified carpet adhesive, nothing could be further from the truth. The reason architects and carpet manufacturers insist that all cut edges of carpets be covered with a seam is because they need it. The structure of the mats and the adhesives used to attach the primary and secondary foundations have changed for a number of reasons. First of all, it makes the carpet “environmentally friendly”
Another installation problem that can damage the installation is that no glue is used to attach the carpet to the surface. If there is one point that can cut corners to reduce the amount of glue used to hold the mat together. You can double the “savings” if the carpet is a double-glued installation. This type of installation involves fixing the carpet to the sub-floor and the sub-floor to the concrete. There is a chart that clearly indicates which pen should be used to attach the different styles. Unfortunately, installers often find it difficult to follow this diagram. A general rule of thumb for a fitted carpet is that it is very difficult to remove the carpet, and if you can, there will be paws in the glue. A pin in the adhesive means that the adhesive will separate from the concrete. There is a glue line between the floor and the back of the carpet.
A final major problem with hallway carpets that is often encountered is when wall-to-wall carpeting is replaced with new carpet tiles. Apply a pressure sensitive adhesive to the carpet tiles. This adhesive should be applied to clean concrete surfaces that are free of all contaminants. Including front mat mounting glue. When applying glue to an old carpet, a pressure-sensitive adhesive is mixed with the adhesive. Catches moisture and finally tried to escape around the edge of the carpet tile and lift it up, otherwise the new glue will emulsify again. This is a common problem of manufacturers. And carpet suppliers often try to attach the raised edge with glue, which should not be used to attach the raised edge to concrete.
The dilemma with most siding companies is the assumption that the carpet will be installed according to specifications. When a company that does business bids against a company that doesn’t, the price. The price difference is quite significant. It is inevitable that poor or standards-disregarding companies will get hired, unfortunately, the sad truth is that very few companies have standards in place.