Installing new carpet provides a wonderful upgrade to the appearance of your home. You should consider several factors to make sure your new carpet experience is good.
Preparing for Installation
Some actions should be completed before any new carpet is rolled out. The old carpet and padding is possibly full of dust and dirt, so vacuum one last time before removing them to avoid spreading the soils through the air. After the old carpet is gone, repair any damage or weak spots in the subfloor before installing the new carpet. Check whether the new carpet is thicker than the old carpet. If so, measure the space below doors to make sure they will swing clear of the new carpet. If not, the installer may have to remove doors, trim the door bottoms, and rehang the doors.
Installing the Carpet
Proper installation is critical to beautiful appearance and carpet performance. A quality installer will follow these guidelines.
1. Measure the yardage needed for each room area.
2. Inspect the actual carpet prior to installation for any defects.
3. For patterned carpet, consider proper matching of the design. In cut-pile carpets, make sure the pile direction is the same between two seamed pieces.
4. Determine the position of seams and how the edges will be finished in doorways. Carpet seams should be positioned in areas where they will be less obvious. The seam edges should be sealed with an adhesive to prevent raveling.
5. Make certain the seams are strong enough to withstand stretching and traffic and yet be as inconspicuous as possible.
6. Stretch the carpet properly during installation to avoid wrinkles or buckles caused by traffic, humidity, and temperature.
7. A power stretcher should be used to ensure proper installation.
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Interviewing the Installer
As you interview potential carpet installers, ask what services are included with the installation. For example, will the installer charge extra to move furniture. If so, you might decide to move the furniture yourself before the installer arrives. Will the installer dispose of the old carpet and padding? If not, you might inquire about recycling locations in your area. Does the installer follow installation recommendations of the Standard for Installation of Residential Carpet, CRI 105 from the Carpet Rug Institute?