WHY SEAMS ARE NECESSARY
It should be remembered that carpet is a textile. Textiles are seamed in all applications of use. Whether referring to draperies, wallpaper, clothing, upholstery or carpet, seams are necessary to attain the desired size, shape and nap direction. As with all textiles, carpet seams are never guaranteed to be invisible. Factors such as lighting in the room, carpet style and pattern can possibly minimize visibility of seams, however, these very same elements can make seams more obvious.
FINDING A BALANCE BETWEEN NUMBERS OF SEAMS VS. AMOUNT OF WASTE
Generally speaking, carpet should be installed in as few seams as possible. While minimizing seams is desirable, this may entail additional waste which adds to the expense of the purchase. Conversely, minimizing waste, which is also a desirable aspect, frequently requires the use of extra seams. It is the responsibility of a skilled estimator to find a happy medium between reducing seams and reducing waste. Since different layouts in achieving this compromise are usually possible, the buyer should be presented with a final layout indicating grain direction and seam placement for approval.
There are also specifications about where seams should be to protect the integrity if the carpet and its long term performance.
(See INSTALLATION)Some room sizes and configurations can make seamless installations prohibitive in cost and sometimes impossible as carpet is only available in specific widths. It is important that your dealer know ahead of time whether you would prefer the savings and an additional seam or two.
A POORLY MADE SEAM MAY OFTEN BE CORRECTED
There are occasions where the skill and patience of the mechanic can make a difference in whether a seam is more noticeable than it should be. Gaps, overlaps, clipped yarns and yarn caught in the seam itself can call one’s attention to these areas. These types of defects are correctable and do not mean the installation is ruined by any means.