Carpet is beautiful, durable and can stand up to lots of traffic both in the home and at the office. One of the best indications of a professional and skilled carpet installation is that no seams are visible and that every inch of carpet looks as good as the next. Part of the knowledge that carpet installers are required to gain is about seam sealers, like what it is and what different types there are.
Carpet seam sealer takes care of the edges of the carpet where it is cut so that the fibers don’t unravel. The sealer is not the same as carpet tape, which holds two edges of carpet together. Seam sealers can be done via a hot melt, latex or a solvent base. If the installer is not careful, the sealer glue can reach the top of the carpet, leaving a hardened residue or discoloration. Installers need to take great care that the seam sealer only stays at the carpet backing. Once it is applied, it should make it difficult for the yarn to pull away from the backing material.