Valley City North Dakota mute step Huntington Hickory Flooring Install

Project Overview

This flooring installation was done at a Landmark II in Valley City, North Dakota in August of 2021. It was straight forward as we were able to install the Mute Step Huntington Hickory LVP flooring over the old sheet vinyl. We did have to remove the carpet, pad, and tack strip in the living room. Prep was minimal, mostly in the form of filling in low spots with Uzin 182 patching compound. Our client chose those product because it is waterproof, scratch resistant, and it went well with the existing woodwork. Often our clients have a hard time updating their homes if they have existing natural oak trim. A good way around that is getting a fresh earth tone design as it goes well with the older trim and cabinets.  

Before Demo of Carpet

After Carpet Tear Out and prepping with Uzin 182

  The Cali Bamboo Huntington Hickory SPC floor does well with pets, water, traffic etc. Our installers laid the flooring throughout the living room, kitchen, bathroom and entryway. We did need to ramp up to the old sheet vinyl. Using Uzin 182 ramping compound, we were able to ramp up and patch the floor and install within an hour.  Unlike the other Cali Bamboo products like Builder’s Choice or Pro Classic, Mute Step uses a traditional click system. It is known as the Unilin Click System, which is also found in Southwind Products like Authentic Plank or Classic Strip.  We were able to get this project done on time and the tenant was very happy with their finished product. For any questions regarding products, installation, or general inquiries, check the buttons below.


Project Costs

This project ran around $8,600 for 914 square feet of product and installation. This is in line with our averages you can calculate using our Flooring Quote Calculator. To use our Flooring Quote Calculator, click the following button.

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Carpet has remained one of the most popular flooring options in our part of the country due to it’s warmth and noise reducing properties. Most people would consider Fargo, North Dakota as a cold state six months out of the year, so carpet really does shine compared to other flooring options such as ceramic tile. Due to it’s popularity coupled with a skilled installer shortage, we’ve found that most carpets are not properly installed. One of the most skipped steps is properly power stretching the carpet.



     If your carpet is meant to be stretched but your installer says it’s not necessary, you may want to reconsider having them do your carpet installation. Power stretching carpet has been around almost as long as modern constructed carpets. Brands such as Shaw, Southwind, Mohawk, and Axminister actually require it per their installation instructions. A knee kicker does not apply the same amount of force as a power stretcher does, since the knee kicker can’t hold the wall to wall stretch that the power stretcher can. 

Man improperly installing carpet with no power stretcher
Man installing carpet properly with knee kicker and power stretcher

In the two photos above, you can see that two different individuals attempting to install carpet. Use of a knee kicker without assistance of the larger power stretcher will not only leave your carpet improperly stretched, but will also be much harder on the body and knees. This can potentially lead to injuries with a reduced ability to perform future carpet installations. 

 Power Stretching Helps A Carpet From Developing Wrinkles

A power stretcher helps keep a carpet from developing wrinkles, which means it stays looking and feeling newer for longer. Wrinkles or simply improper stretching can damage the bond between the primary and secondary backings in your carpet. Once your carpet starts to develop damage between it’s two backings, this can lead to what’s known as delamination which would make it next to impossible to stretch as the carpet can no longer attach properly to the tackstrip which holds it in place. 


Power Stretching is one of many steps required to properly install your carpet. There are other factors that help determine the longevity of your carpeting, such as carpet padding, fiber type, density, etc. We will cover that in future posts. If you have any questions, feel free to fill reach out to us via our contact us page! 



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