When it comes to marine vessels, weight is a very important factor that influences costs. Primarily because it can save fuel costs.
Choosing a light-weight carpet therefore, says René Dupont, Senior Director at Ege Carpets, can be an essential positive contributor to saving costs. He goes on to explain:
"Reducing carpet weight can be optimised in carpet backings. Laminating a backing – such as a felt backing – to the carpet rather than glueing it, avoids the weight of the glue and other fillers. And this is what can help keep the weight down."
In fact, 1.0 to 1.5 kg per square metre of installed carpet is saved this way, if you compare it with a traditional double-stick installation. This can be very beneficial to the ship owner who is seeking to reduce fuel consumption and costs generally.
But it also helps the contractor. As René Dupont says: "A light-weight carpet is much easier to handle in installation. And the lamination process achieves a very dimension-stable product which improves pattern matching from roll to roll."