Carpet Installation

Much of what our interiors look and feel like depends on our floors. A carpeted house exudes an unmistakable warmth, vibrancy and aesthetic appeal. Wide range of colors, textures, materials and designs available, can transform your home and give every room its individuality. Since carpet installation has a long-term perspective, it is essential that you choose the best one for your needs and install it right.

Once you have chosen the material and design, you need to install it well. Professional carpet installers can do your carpet installation for you, or you can even do it yourself! Doing it yourself, although cheaper than professional carpet installation is not recommended if you don’t have the right tools for the job, lack time and have no previous experience whatsoever. Moreover, if you have to leave the job midway, professional carpet installers may not take it up where you left it. In such a case, your warranty may also be void.

One way to ensure a professional carpet installation, is buying carpet from an authorized retailer. Your carpeting retailer, more often than not, will have an installation staff. If however, they don’t offer installation service, they still can guide you to reputed and experienced carpet installers. Installation by the retailer may be a little more expensive, but it has its many advantages. Their experience will show in the work they do and you will be at an advantage in the long run. Also, you can approach them if you are not happy with any part of the job.

Looking For Carpet Installer

If however, you are on the look out for low budget carpet installation services, you have the option to hire independent contractors, builders, architects or interior designers. But, always remember to get their references and also enquire about their experience, training and certification. Visiting homes, the carpet installer has worked previously in, is also a good idea, as you can see their work, before you hire them. If it is not possible to visit such homes, at least make it a point to see the pictures of their work. Although such private contractors may offer a lower rate for carpet installation services, than your retailer, the post installation services may be poor. Should you encounter a problem, you may find your options very limited. Despite everything, if you still chose an independent carpet installer, ensure that the installer adheres to the Standard for Installation of Residential Carpet CRI 105.

Choosing the right carpet installer

Choosing the right carpet installer depends entirely on your needs. If you are among those who change their carpets every few years, you may well do with an independent installer. But for the others, a follow up from the retailers can ensure a trouble free experience. Irrespective of whoever you choose for your carpet installation, there are some important points you need to keep in mind. Ensure that before the installation the carpet is power-stretched so that wrinkling and rippling are minimized. It is essential that your rooms are measured well before laying them and the sub floor be made even and vacuum cleaned thoroughly. Vacuum your old carpet before removing it, to eliminate dust. It also helps if the area for carpet installation is open and well ventilated. Ensure that there are no traces of previous carpet padding, cracks or holes. Once laid, the edges need to be trimmed and sealed with hardwood. Seams are best placed under large furniture or where there is strong natural light. Ensure that when laying an adjacent carpet, the designs and patterns have a natural flow and direction. Lastly, any uneven area, or hollow sounding area should be smoothed out.

Carpet Installation Do It Yourself

If you decide to do it on your own, you can also do so by watching the video below:

Remember that however exotic or expensive your carpets may be, it is the installation that makes or mars the look of your home. Hence it pays to invest time, money and effort in choosing the right carpet installers.

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11 thoughts on “Carpet Installation

  1. You got my attention when you said that professional carpet installation is recommended if you have no tools and experience in doing the job to prevent damaging your carpet. My son and I are looking to install our new carpet as soon as possible. We don’t want to end up damaging it because it’s a precious gift from our parents. Since we don’t have any idea of installing a carpet efficiently, we’ll make sure to hire a professional instead. http://www.parkerfloorcovering.com/

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  2. I like that you talked about how you should consider choosing an independent installer if you’re changing your carpets every few years. My husband and I decided to install new carpets in our house. We want to regularly change our carpets to make sure that our house will have newer look every now and then. I will make sure to consider all your tips on choosing a carpet installer. Thanks! http://www.pacificfloorcovering.com/carpet-installations

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  3. Carpet can reflect the life style of your home. But for carpet installation you should follow some important tips. First decide which type of material you want to select. Then select the shape and size of the material. Color coating also play an important role so you have to decide best color for the carpet. For carpet installation it it better that you should hire a professional contractor. In your blog you really give the best tips for carpet installation and that’s really helpful to the carpet installer. You can refer this: http://www.hardwooderia.com/carpet-installation/

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  4. Thanks for the interesting read on installing carpet. You mentioned that it’s important to make sure that the area where the installation will happen should be opened and ventilated. Kind of interested to learn about some tactics that people suggest to achieve this, especially if carpet needs to be installed in a small space. http://www.jdcflooring.com.au/residential-carpets-sydney-carpet-fitters-sydney-carpet-suppliers-sydney.html

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  5. I like that you mentioned that when it comes to having carpet installed by an independent contractor that we need to make sure that we ask for references and about their experience. This will really help with making sure that we are able to get a professional, and that the job will get done right. Once we find our new carpet for the living room, this is something that we are going to have to remember. http://www.jkpflooring.com/about

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  6. My husband and I are having our home built, and we are looking to have the carpet installed soon. We want to make sure this is done properly and that we get the best service possible. As you mentioned, when having the carpet installed it’s important to make sure that beforehand it is power-stretched to minimize wrinkling. http://www.mcswaincarpets.com/products/carpet-catalog/

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  7. It’s helpful to know that who you choose to install your carpet is completely dependent on your needs. You talk about if you change your carpet regularly going with an independent company could be for your benefit. I’ll definitely start determining my needs and ensure that I pick the right kind of company to do the installation. Thank you for sharing. http://www.thecarpetyard.com/services

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  8. My wife and I have been looking for someone to install carpet in our new house. I’ll make sure that the person I hire is capable of doing a good job. I will also make sure we choose the right carpet for our needs, maybe even consult with a professional.

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  9. Thank you for the help. My wife and I are going to get new carpet installed soon and are trying to find a good installer, as you discussed. I had never heard of the need for carpet to be power-stretched. Should most professional companies already have that done? http://www.a1linoleumcarpet.net/about

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  10. I completely agree that carpet can help improve the atmosphere of a room. I think that the stone floor I have in my living room should be replaced with some carpet. Right now, it feels a little cold, and I want my home to feel more inviting. Do you think that just adding carpet would be enough to change that atmosphere? http://www.jlgfloors.com/carpet-cincinnati/

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  11. I thought perhaps I would be up to installing a carpet myself, but after watching that video, I’m not sure I am anymore. I think it would be so much more convenient for an experienced installer to put my new carpet in. I definitely don’t want to end up having a bad looking carpet just to save a little money!

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