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Why Do Carpets Develop Wrinkles? Page 3

2021 by Alan Fletcher (aka) The Carpet Professor


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The Wrong Carpet - Low-Quality Carpet - High Expectations


For 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 to go.


This 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.


What 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.


When 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.


When 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.


When 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.



Why Do Carpets Wrinkle - Reason #4


New Home Construction – Common Builder Problems?


No 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.


Carpet 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.


Personally 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.



Most 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.


Personally, 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.


If 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.



Why Do Carpets Wrinkle - Reason #5


Rolling or pushing heavy objects across the carpet.


Wheelchairs, 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.


When 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 inexpensive.



Have You Had New Appliances Delivered Recently?


Reputable 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.


Anything 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.



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