Being knowledgeable about the flooring, knowing what to expect, and being prepared will help the installation process go quickly and smoothly. We help you every step of the way after you’ve selected your new floor: professional on-site measurement, removal of old flooring, and skilled installation that includes moving your furniture and replacing trim. We do it all expertly, so your floor will look amazing and give lasting satisfaction.
Before Installation of a Carpet
Since carpet installation is a skill that is developed through years of experience, using professional installers is the best way to go. Making sure you understand the basics of carpet installation will help build up your knowledge of the process and increase your confidence in the professionals working in your home. Here are the basics:
- Seams are unavoidable, but professionals excel at minimizing and hiding seams. They have years of experience and the most reliable methods.
- Certain carpet styles can show more seam tape placement than others. This is called seam peaking, and is especially noticeable in looped and low cut pile carpets. A seam may be exceptional and considered ‘tight’ but is still visible.
- Keep in mind that, sometimes, extra carpet needs to be ordered to better match patterns at the seams, which will add to the cost when transitioning to other flooring products. Our experienced installers will try to match the surface heights to minimize transitions.
Before installation day
- Furniture is the first step. All furniture and other objects need to be removed from the areas to be carpeted. Our installers will remove your furniture, but there may be an additional charge. If we do remove your furniture, you will need to empty any contents of the furniture. We also do not disconnect or reconnect electronics such as TVs, computers, etc.
- If you prefer to remove your current flooring, please do this at least one day prior to installation to allow time for cleanup and floor preparation. If removing old carpet, leave tack strips in place and pull the staples out of the floor from the original pad.
- Have a plan for your doors. It is very possible that the interior doors the carpet is installed under may not swing freely because of the new carpet’s thickness. Some installers will remove the doors to install the carpet and then, if possible, rehang them after the installation is complete. If the doors do not clear the new carpet after the installation, you may need to arrange for a qualified carpenter to cut down the doors.
- Trim Options. Paint on walls, baseboards and woodwork may need touch-ups after installation. If this is happens, it is your responsibility.
- Make sure your clean-up plan is clearly discussed with installers. New carpet installation will produce waste. If material is available, your installer will leave you with any sizable scraps for any future repairs. These materials are usually collected by your installer and left at your trash site. Check with your retailer before the day of installation so you’re clear about the clean-up, if there are added costs to do so, and ask about the plan for carpet remnants.
During Installation of a Carpet
- Your presence is essential on installation day. You should be prepared to be at home and available for any questions the installers may have. You being there will insure that the appropriate carpet gets installed in the correct areas. Since it is difficult to estimate the length and circumstances of each job, installers may not always be able to give you an exact time of arrival. Our suggestion is to be flexible and stay in contact with your retail salesperson and installers.
- Family safety is another very important part of the installation day. Make sure to keep your children and pets out of the work area on the installation day because it can be a hazardous area.
- Before the job is complete, we recommend you do a walk-through. Have the chief installer walk you through the whole job. This will provide a chance to ask any questions you may have.
After Installation of a Carpet
- Make sure the room(s) have good ventilation. Some odors from the chemicals, tapes and adhesives used in construction can last 48-72 hours after installation.
- Carpet shedding is expected in new carpets, but vacuuming often for the first few days should get rid of any loose fibers from the carpet’s surface.
- Sometimes sprouting can occur. This refers to small loops or tufts of carpet that become visible after the installation. An easy fix is to use a small pair of scissors and carefully trim the loose fibers so they are even with the surface of the carpet.
- If wrinkles or ripples appear in the carpet, it may be necessary to re-stretch the carpet. Please contact us to have this done professionally.