Although it might not seem obvious, carpet finishing strips are often essential. You place a finishing strip at the edge of your carpet where it transitions to another surface, such as wooden flooring, tile, cement, metal, or another material. Finishing strips are commonly used on large staircases covered with wall-to-wall carpet to secure the carpet at each step.
Carpet finishing strips serve three main purposes.
Firstly, they ensure that your carpet stays in place, preventing it from moving each time you step on it, whether on a staircase or in your living room. Secondly, they prevent the carpet from wearing out or tearing along the edges. Thirdly, they protect you and others from potential accidents, especially when transitioning between surfaces, reducing the risk of tripping or slipping.
To avoid injuries and protect your carpets, simply apply finishing strips where needed. These strips are relatively inexpensive, typically costing between $5 and $20 each. The price depends on factors such as the length and width of the strip, the type of floor and carpet it secures, and the material used for manufacturing. Most strips are made from brass or aluminum, which are more affordable, but they can also be made from wood, with the type of wood influencing the cost.
Before purchase, measure the area to cover, your carpet’s thickness, and consider the type of flooring you have to ensure you choose the right ones. These strips come in various sizes, making it easy to find the right fit. Once you’ve completed the measurements, installation involves drilling holes for screws and securing the finishing strips with the provided screws.
While it may take an entire afternoon to measure, drill, and install the finishing strips, the rewarding result is worth the effort.