Popular Berber carpet offers a heavy density that makes it hard-wearing, although it does require more attention than other types of carpet. Sealing the seams on a Berber carpet is one way of ensuring that it lasts a bit longer; without these seals, the seams are vulnerable to unraveling and other kinds of problems. Sealing also helps in preventing it from being lifted up when furniture is moved over it and protects you from tripping on rolled seams.
Laying a Berber carpet requires a professional, as it is important that the seams are properly sealed to prevent fraying. To save time, some carpet installers may inform homeowners that it is not necessary that seams be sealed, but this is incorrect. If you are allowing others to install your carpet, you should insist upon it being done. Getting a good-quality carpet is not the end of the struggle to ensure that your floor looks good, but getting a great seal on your seams is vital.
Seal Seams on a Berber Carpet
If you are laying the carpet yourself, seal before you stretch the carpet over the padding, prior to securing it in place. Most Berber carpets have seams in several places, and there are cross-seams running at angles where the carpet is seamed together along the length of a wall. These will also need to be sealed. Seams running with the natural grain of the carpet will be more difficult to see, so examine your Berber carpet carefully before sealing.
How to Seal
Once you have found a place where two seams come together, lay out both pieces of carpeting flat against the floor. Position the pieces together, and then secure them in position with a temporary nail or tape.
Cut a length of seaming tape to fit the seam, and then lay adhesive-up along the length of the seam.
Run a seaming iron along the length of the tape to activate the seam adhesive. The seaming iron should be hot, so be careful not to burn yourself or the carpet.
Press one piece of the carpet onto half of the seaming tape. Fit the other piece of carpet against the first. Press both pieces of carpet into the tape.
Press the completed seam with a carpet roller or a rolling pin to ensure that the seam is completely flat. Repeat until all of the seams on the carpet are completely sealed. Once this is done, you can begin to stretch the Berber carpet, and secure it to the floor.