Carpet Installation

Understanding the Benefits of Different Types of Installation:

Stretch-In Installation: There are situations in which the installer 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 a separate cushion.
  • Increases thermal insulation (R-value).
  • Can be used over floors that are unsuitable for glue-down.
  • 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 installations should be avoided in the following case:

  • 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 re-stretch situations.
  • Facilitates access to electrical and telephone lines under floor.
  • Practically eliminates incidences of seam peaking.
  • No restrictions to area size.
  • Intricate borders and inlays are possible.
  • Usually less expensive.

Double Glue-Down Installation: This method combines the stability of direct glue-down carpet with the cushioning benefits of a separate cushion, stretch-in installation, as outlined below:

  • Improves carpet appearance retention, under foot comfort and overall performance.
  • Simplifies carpet bordering and inlaying.
  • Suitable for wheeled traffic areas.
  • No restrictions on size of area.