UNEVEN FLOORS ?

PRE-FABRICATED SHIMS

When a new ceramic floor is added next to and existing carpeted floor the tile side becomes a tripping hazard in most cases. Its edge is higher than the carpet. Thick ceramic with an underlayment board or cement underlayment can often raise one side 3/4 of an inch higher than the other. This is just one of the many  carpet problems that we  solve for people living in the Metro Detroit area. Sometimes the repairs at the shims also need carpet stretching .

The shim board shown is made of a press board type substance and intended for home use.  It comes in different tapering thickness. They come in thickness ranging from 1/4 inch up to 1/2 inch thick They can be doubled by adding the 1/4 and 1/2 if necessary. This is not a perfect solution, but it is the best that is currently available other than raising the whole floor under the carpet to match the raised new tile floor on the other side of the carpet.

(Tile and sub floors  ridge is shown next to white wood floor. The striped pads backside is shown rolled away for access to the floor to nail the shims in place.)

(Loose shim board on tile they come in four foot lengths)

(Finished carpet edge tucked in at tile.  The 3/8 in high one foot wide tapered  shim provided a perfect transition height match between the raised tile and lower carpeted floor)

A metal bar transition piece is not the way to acquire the best looking and safe result. The metals are reserved for cement floors or  when linoleum  butts up to carpet. Years ago people washed their linoleum floors constantly to keep the kitchen eating area clean and the metal keep the soapy water from bleaching the color out of the edge of the carpet.

Some installers still use wood shingles as their shims.  This often leads to cracks between the boards telegraphing through the pad and leaving “ridges” in the carpet after a few years of walking over the area. They also have been know to “split” and pop up creating bumps under the carpet. I know because I specialize in all types of  carpet repairTroy Michigan areas.

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