Carpet Installation - What To Expect
When it comes to installing carpet in your home there’s a lot to think about it. It’s good to have a sense of what the process entails before entering into the buying process. At Webb Carpet, we have over 50 years of experience installing carpet and are happy to answer any and all of your specific carpet-based installation questions.
Before you even think about installation, our staff will work with you to ensure that we have the appropriate measurements for your project. As with any flooring installation, it’s important that the room is cleared of furniture and other items before installation begins. Consider whether you’ll be installing carpet over existing flooring, or if you will need to have it removed and taken away; this should be discussed at the time you purchase your carpeting so expectations are clear for both you and your installer. Remember that baseboards and molding may also need to be removed before installation and you may need to consider whether your sub-flooring needs repairs to ensure that the floor itself is safe, stable, and level.
As always, we want to make this process as easy as possible for you which is why we ask that you please familiarize yourself with the following form, as it is required prior to installation. We want to make sure that you are fully aware of responsibilities during an installation both for your safety and to ensure the prevention of damage to your home.
During & After Your Carpet Installation
Preparation is important for a successful hardwood flooring installation. You should consult with your Webb Carpet Company flooring specialist for full instructions, but there are steps you can take to help the process go smoothly.
Your old flooring may have to be removed, and there may be some work involved in getting the exposed surface ready for your new carpet installation. This is especially true if the old flooring was glued down or set in place with tile adhesive. It’s a good idea to have this part of the job done professionally, because an experienced flooring specialist will know what a “ready for carpet” surface looks like and may be able to assist you with the disposal of your old flooring.
Basic Tools of Carpet Installation
Carpet installation is very hard work and requires a variety of tools and supplies that might be hard to find for the average DIY enthusiast. While every professional installer has a broad range of equipment to work with, below are a few items you’re sure to see during the installation process:
These strips of wood are nailed to the floor around the outside edge of the area where the carpet will be installed. There are angled pins sticking off the top that catch hold of the carpet and keep it in place, allowing it to be stretched tight into position.
About a foot and a half long, this tool has teeth at one end that grip the carpet, and a pad at the other end. The installer sets the Kicker onto the carpet and strikes the padded end with one knee. This pushes the carpet forward where it catches on the tack strip and is caught in a partly stretched position.
The seam roller is a spiked cylinder-shaped roller with a handle. It’s used to press down on the seam between two pieces of carpet to make sure the carpet sticks to the adhesive which has been applied underneath. Creating seams is a lot harder than it looks, especially in doorways or other high-traffic areas.