Carpet side match concern appears as different shades or color from one side of the seam to the other side. This may be a true carpet side match concern or a conceived side match concern. There are several things that can cause the appearance of a side match color difference that range from lighting to installation concerns, or manufacture related defect in the carpet.
Carpet Side Match Color Variations Cause and Correction
There are several ways that light can cause the appearance of a carpet side match color difference when there is no true color difference.
- Light will cause shadows to fall across or down the seam making the carpet on one side of the seam look darker.
- Some tinted globes or light fixtures covers can cause shadows or odd light conditions that give the appearance of a color side match difference.
- When light falls across the seam the panel of carpet on the opposite side of the seam, away from the light becomes shaded.
Installation Conditions That Cause Carpet Side Match Appearance
- Carpet panels must run the same direction on both sides of the seam. Carpet panels turned in opposite directions will cause the appearance of a color (shade) side-match difference.
- When there is a peak in the seam, a shadow is cast on one side of the seam causing one panel to appear darker than the other.
- Seams joined excessively tight, or with a wide gap may peak.
- Peaked seam should not be confused with seam profiling.
- Profiling, a normal condition for a carpet seamed with thermal plastic seaming tape. The profiling occurs when the carpets stretched tight.
- Seams that have high tufts at one side that have not been trimmed, may throw a shadow across the seam.
- A seaming iron set too hot can cause the pile to change direction when the installer moves the iron down the seam.
- Seams placed parallel to major lighting sources often result in color or shade variations.
Manufacture Related Cause of Carpet Side Match Appearance
- True carpet side-match difference is either color or shade variation between joined panels.
- With the continue dye method one end of a carpet roll can be slightly lighter in shade or hue then the other end of the roll. When possible carpet joined together should be cut in sequence.
- Pile reversal within a roll of carpet may result in the appearance of a color or shade difference. Easily confused with the carpet being turned different directions during installation. Several pile direction tests required for identification. The best way to confirm requires pulling back the carpet to check for stamps and arrows on the backing.
- During the shearing or tufting process texture differences can occur and give the appearance of color or shade difference.
- In looped pile carpet a texture difference can cause a tension differences. Tension may cause loop variations- shorter, longer, fuller or tighter than other loops. Texture variations and color side-match variations are not the same.
- Crushing can cause the look of a texture or color difference. Steaming will sometimes correct a texture difference or a crushing condition. Often a shipping or storage related concern.
Correction of Color Side Match
If you have a true carpet side-match variation in color or shade and it is not too severe this carpet side match is often correctable by a color or feather blending process. The blending process uses specially formulated dyes, blending them in on the lighter side of the seam or seams. Carpet manufacturers work with experts such as Kevin Weinheimer that have been specifically trained in this process. Once the carpet has been correctly blended the correction should last for the life of the carpet. This feather blending process prevents the inconvenience of carpet replacement. These specially formulated dyes are designed to withstand carpet cleaning. The manufacturer’s warranty on your carpet remains in effect.
The best way to determine if you have a true and correctable carpet side match condition in either color or shade difference is to get a inspection by a Certified Independent Carpet Inspector like Terry and Kevin Weinheimer of The Weinheimer group. If the concern is a true and correctable color or shade difference the inspector may offer the correction service or be able to recommend a qualified expert technician that can perform the correction. Serving and western Washington. The Weinheimer Group is available for nationwide service.