Utilize this CSI 3-part SimpleSpecs™ master specification to specify Sheet Carpeting (often called broadloom) for floors and wall bases.
Carpet is a textile floor covering typically consisting of an upper layer of pile attached to a backing. The pile is made of synthetic fibers such as polypropylene, nylon, or polyester.
Due to the wide variety of sheet carpets, this section provides a framework for specifying carpets by manufacturer and product.
Specifying carpet by performance can be difficult, as the carpet’s attributes must be specified as well as test methods to determine compliance.
Comparing alternative carpets by other manufacturers can be confusing.
Sheet carpet is installed in three methods:
– Adhesive directly to the subfloor
– Installation over a carpet pad with tack strips around the perimeter
– A double stick method where both a carpet pad and the carpet are adhered.
Sheet carpeting can also be used as a wall base where it is cut to the required height and adhered to the wall surface. A cap strip or other trim is applied to the top of the base.
Sheet carpet varies in its fire hazard classification. Building codes will dictate which requirements must be met.
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The SimpleSpecs™ master specs concept
Design professionals are accustomed to seeing lengthy project specifications, so why is SimpleSpecs™ so short?
Specifications have grown evermore wordy over the years for several reasons:
The mistaken belief that specifications must be lengthy and legal-sounding to be enforceable. In fact, quite the opposite is true. Having shorter, easily understood specifications makes us less likely to have problems in the field.
A belief that having lots of words protects us from a Contactor making mistakes. There is no way to include enough statements to protect yourself from a bad contractor, regardless of the length of your specification.
Our desire to be in control of the project by specifying means and methods instead of including simple, enforceable statements.
Easier to Edit
SimpleSpecs™ is written as a series of Microsoft word files that include statements that affect construction costs or overall quality and are far simpler to edit than other master specification systems.
Each SimpleSpecs™ specification section is non-proprietary and includes three manufacturers that meet the specified reference standards, descriptive, or performance-based requirements. They are written to allow any listed manufacturers to provide the specified products.
Hidden Guide Text
Each SimpleSpecs™ specification section includes hidden text to inform and guide users in editing the specifications to suit project conditions.
SimpleSpecs™ sections are edited using pre-defined options that are contained in [brackets] or by selecting optional text separated by "OR" statements. Paragraph and page numbering are included as automatic codes, eliminating the need to renumber when revisions are made manually. Global changes to headers, footer, terms, font colors and phrases are easily updated using a third-party search and replace software, available through ZeroDocs.com.