Carpet cushion tests methods are used for the evaluation of carpet pad (cushion). The industry has developed a number of carpet cushion tests methods for evaluating carpet cushion. These evaluations have resulted in a better carpet pad being offered to the consumer. [Read more…]
Carpet Cushion, Carpet Pad, What’s the Difference?
Is carpet cushion carpet pad? Cushion, pad, lining, or underlay are all synonymous terms used to describe any type of material that is placed under the carpet. A cushion carpet pad adds comfort, absorb shock, reduce noise, increase insulation, and improve the performance of a carpet. While all of these names are synonymous and all of them are used, the preferred term in the carpet industry is cushion. [Read more…]
Why is My New Carpet Turning Different Shades?
There are many types of carpet shading complaints. Carpet shading is a localized alteration in the orientation of the pile. Shading occurs as the result of randomness in pile lay direction. Shading will be seen on both wall to wall carpets and rugs. The physical cause of shading is due to the difference between light reflection from the greater surface area of the side of the bent fibers, which appear lighter in color, compared to the greater light absorption and darker appearance of the more vertically oriented fibers. [Read more…]
Wall to Wall Carpet or Modular Tile
Broadloom carpet is not the only carpet that can be installed wall to wall. When in the market for carpeting for a high traffic area, keep in mind that carpet tiles are another alternative to stretch in carpet. Carpet tiles are available in a wide variety of designs, colors and materials. Carpet tiles are manufactured by many of the same companies that manufacturer wall to wall carpet such as Shaw Carpet, Mohawk Carpet, Beaulieu Commercial, Interface Carpet, Milliken Carpet and others. [Read more…]
Carpet Holes Sprouting and Yarn Pulling Out
My carpet is going to go bare! A complaint so often heard from consumers when they see loose tufts, snags and carpet sprouting on their wall to wall carpet. Seeing the yarn coming out of their carpet says to them that the carpet is failing and there must be a manufacturing problem. Most carpet sprouting issues, high tufts or even holes in carpet are not manufacturing problems even though they are a carpet issue that needs to be addressed. At the same time, some tuft loss on a cut pile carpet is considered normal and is not a reason for alarm. When in question, expert certified carpet inspectors like Terry and Kevin Weinheimer of the Weinheimer Group can determine cause and if a simple correction is called for or a carpet needs to be replaced. [Read more…]
Woven carpet manufacturing was once the standard in the industry. Today’s production using the woven carpet manufacturing process is small as compared to tufting. For many designers and buyers throughout the world, woven carpets such as axminster, wilton and velvet continue to be their carpet of choice. [Read more…]
Carpet Recycling (includes video)
For years wall to wall carpet has filled our landfills. More and more carpet recycling is now taking place and carpet is quickly becoming a green product. Shaw is an example of a manufacturer participating in carpet recycling. They have established a carpet collection network covering most major U.S. markets. The collected carpet is made with nylon 6 face fiber. An average of 80 percent of the post-consumer carpet Shaw collects is made with nylon 6 fiber. When reclaimed material has been manufactured with plastic and can’t be recycled into new carpet, it can also be diverted for reuse in carpet cushion, erosion and sediment control products and engineered resins that are used to produce injection molded plastic automobile parts. Another industry example is Mohawk. As part of there recycling program they recycle pop and water bottles into EverStrand carpets. With this product, all recycled content can be certified. [Read more…]
With Carpet Claims Not Everyone Has the Same Objective or Expectation
Kevin and Terry Weinheimer are often asked the question What are the objectives and expectations of the parties involved in a wall to wall carpet claim? It has been the experience of the Weinheimer Group and other carpet inspectors that everyone involved in a carpet claim from the consumer, carpet dealer and carpet installer to the carpet distributor and carpet manufacturer will most often have different objectives or expectations. [Read more…]
You Too Can Hire Carpet Inspectors
As carpet inspectors that are certified, qualified, industry recognized experts, Terry Weinheimer and Kevin Weinheimer are often asked, Who Uses Carpet Inspectors? The simple answer is, Anyone that needs one including you! [Read more…]
Corn rowing of wall-to-wall carpet sounds a bit strange. When you inspect, or look at a wall to wall carpet with cornrowing it is indeed odd appearing with bands or rows that are high and low.