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Carpet Stair Runner

Dover Floor Covering also offers custom carpet solutions! With over 40 years of experience in the flooring industry, we can custom deisgn carpet stair runners. Whether you have a straight simple staircase or a more technical circular staircase, Dover Floor Covering can install a carpet runner.

2 Differing Styles of Stair Runners

The two most common styles of carpet stair runners are:

1. Turn and tack style. This is the most common style of carpet stair runner and the least expensive. The carpet is cut to fit at the jobsite. Depending on which type of stairwell you have will determine if each step is installed individually or installed in sets. A thin, dense pad is ideal and installed on each step first. Then the carpet in installed turning each edge under and pinned down. This will keep the carpet level with the pad. The carpet is also pinned up under each stairnose and in the area where each step starts.

2. Bound style. The carpet is cut to fit at the jobsite. A preliminary fit can be performed then the carpet is sent off to the binder. The sides of the carpet can be bound or serged depending on which style is preferred. Binding is stronger whereas serging is a little more stylish. Once this step is completed the carpet is returned to the jobsite and installed on the stairs. No turning and tacking is necessary as each side is bound or serged. Thin padding is more important than ever on this style of carpet runner. Too thick of a pad can leave the carpet up off of the step and can be seen from the side. If you choose to pin down the sides, then too thick of a pad can also give a funny appearance as the carpet runner edges will "lean" down tight onto the steps and the middle of the steps will of course be higher



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Dover Flooring Blog

September 11th, 2015

Are Berbers Going Away?


There was a time when Berbers had a large market share in the carpet industry. Probably about 15 to 20 years ago (where does the time go?) lots of people were asking for Berber carpet. Why was this?

Well, for years consumers had been buying "trackless" carpet. This was a variation of the old plush carpets that you really don't see much anymore. Styles come and styles go and consumers were just tired of the same old thing. After all, how many different ways can you construct new carpet? Trackless carpet is called "textured" in the carpet industry. The old plushes that had a smooth, shiny finish that showed every foot print and vacuum mark were becoming passe and consumers were looking for new carpet that wouldn't show everything right after vacuuming.

Berber Carpet ImageSo the carpet mills started making textures (trackless). Friezes became popular. Friezes are textured carpets that are really really textured.

Some people likened them to spaghetti because a heavy frieze could look like spaghetti. They didn't show foot prints or vacuum marks. Consumers loved that.

About this time, the carpet mills started to really market the Berbers. They weren't cut pile like the plushes, twists and friezes. They were different. Berbers were made in a loop construction style. This was a very high wearing style indeed! Carpets that are made in the cut pile style will wear on the tips (where the cut pile is). Because the carpet yarn was cut, then the tips would wear and fray with normal wear and tear. Berbers, on the other hand, didn't have this weakness. The top of the carpet where people walked was now a loop and hence the wear was on a the sides of the yarn, not the tips. The side of carpet yarn is almost impossible to wear through with normal residential traffic. So Berbers were very high wearing.

Also, because of the loop construction, the Berber carpet would be very resilient.  As the loops were trod upon, the loop would press down and then bounce back up when walked off. So Berbers were high wearing and resilient. Both good traits.

Some cons to Berber carpets was the fact that carpet seams would show more than on a cut pile carpet and the loops could get caught, pull and run. So why are Berber carpets going the way of the dodo bird? Well, really, I don't know......

Where once I had probably 25% of my carpet samples in the Berber style, now I probably have 5%. People are just not asking for Berbers much these days. As Berber styles get discontinued by the mills, they don't replace them with new Berber styles. So as they get discontinued, my supply of Berber samples just keeps shrinking. Now I have very few and most of them are solid color Berbers. The flecked Berbers are almost gone.

So if you want a Berber carpet, you may want to get it soon as the Berber style is slowly going away.....of course, it'll come back around in 10 years with a slightly different slant. After all, who would have thought that the shag would ever come back, eh? LOL

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Wood Flooring Testimonial

Jeff Dean of Dover Floor Covering is a great professional floor person and has great installers too! We had him install beautiful Chelsea plank flooring in American Cherry 3", 4" and 5" wide random width patterns in our home on Vero Drive in Highland and he did our upstairs bedrooms and loft in carpeting too. In our condo in Fenton we have Mohawk's Eucalyptus in 5" wide planks with green natural renewable materials. We love this floor! Wears well and is a hand scraped style and looks like Cherry or Mahogany! Jeff is courteous and on time and does his best to get in and done with quality and savings for you! I have referred him to many clients as I am a realtor in the White Lake, Milford and Highland areas.

Cyndi Robinson
Real Estate One

Review #5

Pattterned Carpet Flooring Testimonial


Dear Jeff, just wanted to thank you again for the wonderful job on our wood flooring. Jeremy and the crew were exceptional. If your are in the area sometime would love for you to see the finished job (after all the moldings and casings were painted). We hope to replace our kitchen flooring next year, if we do, we will definitely call you. Thank you again.

Sam and Judy

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