In this second article covering pattern matching carpet, we’re going to cover how to determine pattern tolerances prior to installing and hopefully saving both time and money for the installer. I was recently at a CFI carpet installation certification in Salt Lake City, Utah, at a retailers facility, R.C. Willey, where we had the opportunity to work with installers covering patterns, constructing seams and stretch-in/glue down techniques of patterned carpet (Photo 1).
So, let’s review again what tolerances installers need to understand prior to installing patterned carpet: Bow, Skew, Pattern Elongation, and Edge Deviation/ Trueness of Edge are the four key things installers need to determine. I tell installers, depending on what the carpet tolerances are after checking will determine if we have a regular day of installing, or a very long day or days to properly align patterns.