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Carpet Flooring Problems (During And After Install)

Most homeowners are surprised with how many different issues are associated with carpeting. Here are some of the more common problems.

The most common issue associated with carpeting is carpet shedding. It can be a problem when the carpeting is of low quality but it may also happen if the carpet is not cared for properly. Shedding occurs when the carpet does not properly stay adhere to the backing.

Floor carpet in the living room

Although shedding is the more common issue that may be experienced, there are many other problems that can occur. It is important to understand that some of them are associated with improper installation and others may be problems with a lower grade carpet.

You also need to care for the carpet properly and this is where many homeowners tend to go wrong. Caring for the carpet is more than simply vacuuming it on occasion, you also need to have it deep cleaned and raked on occasion as well.

If you choose high-quality carpeting, there’s no reason why you can’t live on it for many years. You may still experience some problems along the way, but they are a lot less likely to happen.

On the other hand, you can install carpet on a budget and you might end up with some issues along the way. As long as you’re willing to put up with those issues until you can install new carpeting, it may be well worth the money to you.

Carpet Flooring Problems

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There are numerous reasons why people may choose carpeting for their home. Primarily, however, it has to do with the comfort of the homeowner.

In areas of the world where cold weather is a problem, carpeting tends to warm up the home. It’s nice to walk around in your bare feet on carpeting when it is cold outside but the floor is warm.

Of course, you do need to consider the fact that bare feet on carpeting is not really the best thing that you can do for it. In fact, it is one of the more common issues that occur with carpeting because most homeowners don’t realize the damage that is taking place.

Like any part of our body, our feet secrete oils and when that oil gets in the carpeting, it can be a big problem. It can lead to some of the more difficult issues to correct with carpeting, such as matting.

In addition, going bare feet on your carpet can also lead to staining and the possibility that dirt will cling to the carpeting. That is why traffic areas tend to be such a problem.

Of course, if you’re going to walk around in your shoes, you are likely going to track a lot of dirt on the carpeting as well. It’s good to hit a happy medium, and this can either be having a pair of house shoes or walking around in your socks.

All of that being said, it’s a personal decision as to whether you want to go barefoot or wear your shoes in the home. Nobody is saying that there is a right or wrong way but if you don’t treat your carpeting properly, it is going to experience problems much sooner than if you do.

Many homeowners also don’t know much about carpet installation. If the carpet is not installed properly, it is going to experience problems for a very long time.

Some of those issues are a lot bigger than most homeowners realize.

For example, if your carpeting is not stretched properly to the edges of the room, it could buckle and that becomes a tripping hazard. In addition, the edges of the carpeting can be a tripping hazard if they are not put down properly, which is an issue when you are transitioning from one type of floor to another.

Fortunately, there is a whole lot to learn about putting down carpeting and most homeowners are able to successfully tackle the job. There may still be other issues that occur after the carpeting is installed that can be a big problem.

In this article, we are going to discuss some of those problems that are likely to take place with carpeting. Some of them will be with the installation and others will be after the installation takes place.

In either case, you are likely to see that one of the biggest problems is the fact that we just don’t care for the carpeting on a regular basis, and that can be a big issue.

Top 4 Problems During Carpet Flooring Installation

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Many of the carpeting problems we experience in the home can be traced to the installation. Here are some of the most common that occur.

1. Patterned Carpet Installation

The most common problem associated with carpet installation is not recognizing that there is a difference between a carpet that has a pattern and carpet that doesn’t have a pattern. Even a slight pattern can make the installation more complex and therefore, more expensive.

If you don’t install complex carpeting properly, you are going to notice it in the seam. It can take a little bit of finessing in order to get the carpet laid out just right, but it will be well worth it in the end when the seams completely disappear.

Of course, an issue with complex carpeting is one that is not always possible to remedy by the homeowner. You can correct the issue in many cases, but it is going to take you a lot of time and you will likely waste a lot of carpeting in the process.

If you are going to install carpeting with a complex pattern, it is much better for you to contact a professional. They will help you through the process and you will love the job that they do.

2. Carpet Bubbling

There can be a problem with bubbles occurring in the carpeting. This is also an installation issue, although it can occur after the installation when the carpet is cleaned with a dry cleaning process.

Like many issues associated with the installation of carpeting, bubbling is directly related to stretching the carpeting. You need to kick the carpeting into place and make sure that it is stretched in all directions to keep bubbles from forming.

3. Carpet Shedding

This is a combination of issues between the installation and carpet choice. If the carpeting is not connected to the fiber backing properly, it will shed over time. This can also be an issue during the installation process.

In order to avoid shedding during installation and later, you need to check the backing of the carpet and make sure that it is of high quality. Choose continuous filament carpeting or choose carpeting that is of high quality in any case.

Like many things that we have in life, you are going to get what you pay for. If you spend more on carpeting, you are less likely to have problems with shedding.

4. Carpet Buckling

This isn’t an issue that is often seen during installation but it is one that is directly related to installation. Buckling tends to take place after the install while the family is already living on the carpeting.

When the carpet buckles, it can be a big problem. Not only does it damage the carpet and ruin it, but it can also lead to a tripping hazard that is quite dangerous.

To avoid buckling, make sure that the carpet is stretched properly. You should also choose high-quality padding for under the carpeting to match the warranty on the carpet.

Top 5 Problems After Carpet Flooring Installation

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Some of the more common issues that occur with carpeting take place long after the installation has occurred. Here are some of the more common issues.

1. Carpet Matting

The most common problem with carpeting is crushing or matting. The problem is more than one of aesthetics, it also makes the carpeting a lot less comfortable under your feet. This problem occurs because most people tend to choose the lowest-priced carpeting they feel will work for their family. Higher-quality carpeting does not experience this issue as frequently.

2. Carpet Shedding

Another issue that is commonly associated with carpeting is shedding. This can occur as the carpeting experiences wear and tear or as you vacuum it regularly.

There is typically not a problem with new carpeting shedding a few fibers here and there. After a few months go by, however, you should not see fibers pulling out of the carpeting regularly.

A problem with shedding cannot typically be fixed but it may go away in time. It is usually associated with low-quality carpeting that does not have good backing.

3. Exposed Carpet Seams

When the carpeting is first installed, you may not see the seams at all. Over the course of time, however, the seam may appear and could even open significantly.

A seam appearing on the floor is more than just a problem with looks. In fact, it can be a safety hazard and it can certainly ruin the carpet over time.

As soon as the seam appears in the carpeting, call a carpet repair service. They will come in to fix the issue and keep the damage from growing.

4. Dirty Carpets

Do you see parts of the carpeting that are getting darker? This may occur because of wear and tear and heavily trafficked areas. It may also be associated with your ventilation system.

Having your ventilation system cleaned is never a bad idea. You may also want to have a carpet cleaning company come out regularly to fix the issue and clean your carpet.

5. Carpet Buckling

Over the course of time, you may have a problem with buckling in the room. This is an issue that is commonly associated with the carpeting not being installed and stretched properly.

Some lower-quality carpeting may also buckle because it tends to stretch even after the installation. If you notice any buckling or loose areas in the carpet, make sure that you have them repaired immediately.

Carpet Flooring: Pros And Cons

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If you are on the fence about installing carpeting, it’s a good idea to look at both the good and the bad. It can really help you to make a decision that is right for your family.

The most common reason why people choose carpeting is because of the price. Compared to tile or hardwood, carpeting is a lot less expensive. The insulation is also less expensive, making it a very popular choice among those on a budget.

Although we certainly do consider our budget when it comes to carpeting, it’s by no means the only reason why we choose it.

Let’s consider some of the pros of using carpeting, as there are many:

Softness – In many homes, particularly in colder weather climates, carpeting adds a soft and warm appeal to the home.

Quiet – The acoustics in a room with carpeting is easy to hear. It cuts down on a lot of the echo and makes the home a lot quieter in the process.

You can also see that carpeting is a lot quieter when it comes to people running on it. Compared to people running on tile or hardwood, carpet is obviously the quietest choice.

Dirt – Although it certainly is possible for carpeting to get dirty, it is also a type of product that hides dirt easily. A simple vacuum can often do the trick to make your home look perfect.

Installation – Don’t overlook the fact that installing carpet is a lot easier than installing other types of flooring. You can even install the carpet on your own and then afternoon, provided you have the right tools available.

Those are some of the benefits of installing carpeting. Let’s consider some of the reasons why you may want to think twice about it.

Maintenance – There is going to be maintenance with any type of floor but you can sometimes get away with skipping maintenance here and there. That isn’t the case with carpeting. If you don’t maintain the carpet regularly, it is going to get dirty quickly.

Replacement – Along with maintaining the carpet, you also need to look ahead to the time when you will replace the carpeting. You can put it in the budget, however, especially if you’re going to replace carpeting with carpeting.

Worn Areas – If you have regularly traveled areas in the home, it is going to experience a lot of wear and tear. This can mat the carpet and can cause dirty areas that are difficult to clean.

I’m not saying that you can’t clean those areas, you just need to have them done professionally on occasion.

How Long Doest Most Carpet Last?

Hand touching soft white carpet

There are many factors that can determine how long carpeting will last. Generally speaking, however, you can come up with an estimate.

Carpeting will typically last longer than five years and in the case of high-quality carpeting, it may last 15 years or longer. Although that is true, you can expect that carpeting will begin to degrade shortly after it is installed. Maintaining the carpeting will also cause it to last longer as well.

As far as maintenance is concerned, it has more to do with professional maintenance than personal maintenance. Of course, vacuuming the carpet regularly is going to go a long way in helping the carpet to last for years to come.

There are also other ways that you can extend the lifespan of the carpeting, such as putting down plastic running strips that will take a lot of the abuse from the trafficked areas.

You can’t expect carpeting to last forever but you can expect it to last anywhere from 5 to 15 years in most cases.

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Can Carpet Last 20 Years?

Woman in living room thinking

Are you expecting to get a couple of decades out of the carpeting in your home? It is possible, but it comes at a cost.

The most important factor for having carpeting last 20 years is choosing a high-quality carpeting. You can keep carpeting down that is low quality for 20 years, but it is going to be falling apart and will be dirtier than most people like to admit. High-quality carpeting that is maintained regularly could last two decades or much longer.

Professional cleaning of the carpet is one of the most important factors to consider. You must have it done regularly, perhaps even setting up visits where the company will come in every six months to clean the carpet properly.

In the meantime, you can vacuum the carpeting on a regular basis. Doing so helps to keep the fibers from matting and it also removes a lot of the dirt that would otherwise find its way down into the backing.

Try to avoid cleaning the carpet on your own as this can cause its own problems. Most home carpet cleaners will not properly remove all of the soap and water, leading to additional issues.

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There are problems associated with carpeting, some of which happened during the install and others happened during the regular and routine use of the carpet. Some common issues include matting, buckling, bubbling, and seams appearing.

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