Can you identify these patterned carpet conditions? Take this quiz and find out.


Sketch 1

  1. Sketch displays:
a. Bow
b. Skew
c. Pattern Elongation
d.  Edge Deviation/Length Bow
  2. Recommended Skew Tolerance is no more than ___-inches in __-feet of the carpet width.
a. 1-1/2” in 12 ft.
b. 1” in 12 ft.
c. 1” in 10 ft.
d. 1/2” in 12 ft.
 

Sketch 2

3. Sketch displays:
a. Bow
b. Pattern Elongation
c. Skew
d. Edge Deviation/Length Bow
  4. Recommended bow tolerance is no more than __-inches in ___-feet of the carpet width.
a. 1-1/2” in 12 ft.
b. 1” in 12 ft.
c. 1” in 10 ft.
d. 1/2” in 12 ft.
 

Sketch 3

5. Sketch displays:
a. Bow
b. Skew
c. Pattern Elongation
d. Edge Deviation/Length Bow
  6. Recommended tolerance is no more than ___-inch in ___-feet of the carpet width.
a. 1-1/2” in 12 ft.
b. 1” in 12 ft.
c. 1” in 10 ft.
d. 1/2” in 12 ft.
 

Sketch 4

7. Sketch displays:
a. Bow
b. Skew
c. Pattern Elongation
d. Edge Deviation/Length Bow
  8. Recommended tolerance is no more than ___-inch in ____- feet.
a. 1-1/2” in 12 ft.
b. 1” in 12 ft.
c. 1” in 10 ft.
d.  1/2” in 12 ft.
 



Patterned carpet is one area in which the professional, well-trained carpet installer has the opportunity to display above average skill. This type of installation requires more knowledge and expertise. CFI promotes that skill and knowledge should be commensurate with the amount paid for the installation.

Being able to explain intelligently to the manufacturer the above specifics if a problem should occur is part of being adequately prepared to perform the work as a professional carpet installer.

The installer must be able to explain bow, skew, pattern elongation and edge deviation.  BEFORE cutting the carpet, the installation professional MUST know the manufacturer’s stated tolerances.  If none are available, the recommendations stated in this article should be used as a guideline.  DO NOT CUT the carpet unless it is possible to install it correctly.  If the pattern is out of tolerance, call the manufacturer.

DO NOT PROCEED with the installation. CFI provides instruction for bringing the carpet into tolerance.  For additional information, contact (816) 231.4646 or visit online at www.CFIinstallers.com.