After you’ve completed all the research on different carpets and have finally narrowed it down to the right color, pattern and type all you need to do is wait for the installers to show up, right? Wrong. New carpeting will change the whole look and feel of your home and you will need to be prepared for installation day. If you are prepared, then the process will go quickly and smoothly. This will also make things a lot less stressful for everyone involved. It takes a skilled professional to make sure your carpet is installed the right way. Knowing what is going on will give you some confidence in what’s happening in your home.
Basics of Carpet Installation
It is impossible to avoid carpet seams when carpet is being installed. Using a professional will ensure that these seams will be minimized or hidden completely. We’re good at it and have been doing it for years. There are often times when extra carpet may need to be ordered to match up with the existing carpet to hide the seams. On the day before installation move all the furniture away from the area(s) being worked on. Vacuum old carpet before you remove it as it can produce a lot of dust when its removed. It’s easier to remove carpet and padding in four inch strips and rolling it up. Vacuum the subfloor afterwards. There are times when the new carpet may be too high for the door to swing properly. You may need to remove the door before install and have a qualified carpenter cut down the door to clear the carpet. If sizable pieces are left after installation, the installer will keep them for you. Scraps will be collected and put at your trash collection site.
During & After Carpet Installation
You need to be available on installation day to answer questions the installer may have. Being there will ensure the correct carpet is being installed. Be flexible with time that day as installers are not able to give an exact end time and each install is different. Keep children and pets out of the way as there are tools and techniques used that can make the work area dangerous. Make sure you walk through the job after completion to address any concerns and ask questions. The smell of new carpet can be strong especially if you’re sensitive to odors. The odors from the melt seaming tapes can last as long as 48-72 hours after installation. Provide the room with adequate ventilation to speed the process up. You will find yourself vacuuming more frequently during the first few days as new carpet will shed. You may find loose fibers that can be pulled or tufts or loops that become visible- need to be trimmed with a pair of scissors. If your new carpet wrinkles or ripples, you may need to have it re-stretched.