Carpet Flooring Installation
Carpet installation is best left to a professional who has the specialty tools and necessary experience to use them correctly. In addition, a professional installer knows how to choose the right carpet padding to ensure a quality installation. In almost all cases, a pro will save you money versus doing it yourself.
What to expect from your carpet retailer
Your flooring retailer will coordinate all the details of installing your carpet, including sending out an estimator to measure rooms. In addition, you can expect installers to move heavy furniture, remove trim and floor molding, and prep the subfloor for installation. In most cases, the installer will also remove and dispose of the existing wall-to-wall carpet and padding, but make sure to discuss this with your retailer in advance.
Visible carpet seams is another important topic to discuss with your retailer. In large rooms, seams can’t be avoided but they can be minimized by running carpet the length of the room and making sure natural light won’t hit across the seam.
Preparation for carpet installation
Before installation, there are a few steps you can take to make process go smoothly:
- Complete any other remodeling projects (wall painting, window treatments, etc.) in the room before installing new carpet.
- The installation crew will move large pieces of furniture, but you’ll need to move small items like lamps, TVs and anything breakable.
- Remove or secure wiring and cables from TVs and other electronic equipment.
- Vacuum the old carpet to cut down on airborne dust and dirt. Vacuum the subfloor too after the old carpet and padding are removed.
It’s a good idea to provide an adequate supply of fresh air during and immediately after installation. Open windows and doors, if possible, or use an exhaust fan to circulate air. You can also operate the fan of your heating or air conditioning system. This step will help eliminate that new carpet smell.
After installation, you may notice loose carpet fibers. This is perfectly normal and will subside with regular vacuuming.