Nothing feels so cozy and warm underfoot as new carpet.
To get the look you want and help your new carpet last as long as you expect it to, you should consider hiring a professional to install your new carpet. A qualified pro will have the experience and knowledge needed to get the job done right the first time. If you plan to install your own carpet, be sure to check the manufacturer’s warranties and approved installation guidelines. This will help ensure you’ve got coverage and support if unforeseen issues should arise.
Carpet installation is hard work and requires a variety of tools and supplies the average DIY enthusiast might not have on hand.
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A professional installer will have a broad range of equipment to work with, here are a few items you’re sure to see if you watch the installation process:
Tack strips are slats of wood nailed to the floor around the outside edge of the area where the carpet will be installed. Each strip has angled pins sticking off the top designed to catch hold of the carpet and keep it in place, allowing it to be stretched tight into position.
In carpet lingo, a carpet stretcher is also called a knee kicker. It’s about a foot and a half long and has teeth at one end that grip the carpet. The installer sets the knee kicker onto the carpet and strikes the pad at the other end with one knee. This pushes the carpet forward, stretching it into place taught on the pins of the tack strip.
The seam roller is a spiked cylinder with a handle, a bit like a small paint roller. The installer uses this tool to press down on the seam between two pieces of carpet, attaching them to the adhesive strip underneath. This creates a tight seam which is essential to the life of the carpet, especially in high-traffic areas like doorways or stairs.
Getting Ready for Your Carpet Installation
Preparation is critical to ensure a successful hardwood flooring installation. You should consult with your Payless Design Center flooring specialist for full instructions, but there are steps you can take to help the process go smoothly. Here are just a couple to get you started:
- If you have old flooring that has to be removed, there may be some work involved in getting the exposed surface ready for the installation of new carpet. If your old floor was glued down or held in place with tile adhesive this will be especially time consuming. An experienced flooring specialist will know when the surface is ready for new flooring and may be able to help you dispose of your old flooring.
- All the furniture must be moved out of the room where your new carpet is to be installed. If you have heavy items or things that require special care, it’s a good idea to hire professional movers and storage experts. Hiring professionals can also cut down on the amount of time you have to live without your furniture to as little as a day before and after the carpet installation is done.
During & After Your Carpet Installation
A member of your household 18 or older should be available to greet the installation crew and show them the work area. For everyone’s safety and to help the project go smoothly, keep children and pets away from the work area until the job is done. Feel free to ask your lead installer any questions you might have about the finished product, and get recommendations for resuming the use of your newly carpeted rooms.