Do Carpets Wrinkle -
Alan Fletcher (aka) The Carpet Professor
Wrong Carpet - Low-Quality Carpet - High Expectations
many good reasons, some homeowners plan to buy the absolute cheapest carpet
and padding they can find. If you plan to sell your home soon or if you have
pet accident problems, then going the cheapest route may be the smartest way
is often true with apartment owners and property management companies. But you
can’t expect high quality performance from a low-quality carpet. To expect
more from your new carpet then you need to pay more to obtain a better grade.
grade of carpet do you need to meet your expectations? How long do you want
your new carpet to last? Take my free Carpet
Foot-Traffic Test to see what grade of carpet you should buy and
about how much you need to spend to get it.
unable to tolerate your level of foot traffic, a low-quality carpet installed
over a cheap pad will quickly start to mat down and develop wrinkles. In this
situation, it is doubtful that you will have any recourse. You can try… but
in the end most carpet manufacturers or carpet dealers will rarely side with
you and come to your rescue.
they visit your home to inspect the carpet, it will be very obvious that you
chose a carpet that was not capable of tolerating your level of foot traffic.
Basically you will be guilty of choosing the wrong grade of carpet to meet
your level of foot traffic.
you originally purchased your new carpet, they will say you were more
concerned with the cost of the carpet instead of buying a carpet that was able
to tolerate your own unique level of foot traffic.
Do Carpets Wrinkle -
Home Construction – Common Builder Problems?
matter what the grade or quality level, any carpet can develop wrinkles for
any number of reasons. New home builders are notorious for cutting corners to
save time and money. Sometimes they hire
inexperienced carpet installers who do a lousy job.
does not stretch in easy when it is cold. Sometimes new home builders have the
carpet installed without having any heat in the building. If your carpet was
installed on a cold day and you find wrinkles showing up after a few hot
summer days, then this could easily be the cause of your carpet wrinkles.
Carpet must be installed during reasonably warm temperatures, say at least 70
degrees or higher.
I prefer to install carpet with at least 75 to 80 degrees or more. Carpet
stretches in so much easier when it the home is warm.
builder-grade carpets are designed to last for 3 to 5 years at best. An
upgraded carpet might be designed to last for 5 to 7 years. Most homeowners
end up unhappy with the builder-grade carpet they receive and are eager to
replace it after a year or two. Frankly, the carpet builders typically install
is a very low-grade and poor quality.
when having a new home built, I would not choose to upgrade the carpet or pad
and just plan on replacing the carpet and padding in about two or three years.
In most cases, your contract with the builder says you must buy from their
sources and this gives you a limited budget and options.
you can, instead of buying from your builders sources, ask for an allowance
and buy from a dealer of your choice and add some more money to get the carpet
and padding that will meet your needs and goals. You can also have it
installed by the installer of your choice. It will cost you more, but you will
be happier with the end result.
Do Carpets Wrinkle
- Reason #5
across the carpet.
scooters and handcarts can easily cause your carpet to stretch out and form
wrinkles. Most residential carpet
installed over any type of padding cannot tolerate wheelchairs, office chairs
or motorized carts. Even those who use a walker can cause severe carpet damage
in a short period of time. Virtually anything with wheels will cause
significant carpet damage.
it comes to office chairs, even a good quality plastic chair pad may not be
enough to prevent carpet damage over time. The same holds true if you push or
pull anything heavy like furniture across the carpet. Pianos are among the
worst for causing wrinkles in carpets.
If you want to move your furniture
around, you need to lift it, not slide it. If it is too heavy to lift, put
down some boards. Several 1” x 6” pine boards will do the trick and are
You Had New Appliances Delivered Recently?
appliance dealers will never roll anything heavy across your carpet. When they
come to deliver your new kitchen appliances, like a new washer and dryer or
refrigerator, they should never bring it in on a wheeled hand truck and simply
roll it across your new carpet on the way to your kitchen or laundry room.
heavy or large should be unboxed outside and then lifted manually into place
or at the least, put down heavy wooden boards if they absolutely have to roll
it in over the top of the carpet.