Do you need a Carpet Layer? Carpet layers have several tasks that are unique to the floor covering they install. Using a professional carpet layer to install carpet in your home correctly will ensure you get the most use from your new flooring and make your home look its best.
What do I need to do before carpet is laid?
- If you are having to remove old carpet first – consider who is going to remove the old carpet and how will you dispose of it? Some carpet layers will provide this service and remove the old carpet but more often than not it is up to you as the home owner to remove the old carpet and arrange for the disposal of it.
- You will need to move your furniture out of the way to allow your new carpet to be installed.
- When your carpet is delivered ensure easy access for the delivery people to get it inside/under cover.
- If you are having your carpet installed in winter or outside is muddy, it’s a good idea to have plastic drop cloths available for the installers to walk on.
What should you see your carpet layer do?
The most important first step to be taken by your chosen carpet layer will be to measure the room and plan the layout. Traffic patterns need to be considered as well as where seams will need to be placed. The surface of the floor should be inspected as if it has imperfections that might show through steps will need to be taken to patch holes or replace worn subflooring.
Then underlay will need to be measured, cut and laid. Underlay provides cushioning beneath your carpet and makes for a nicer feel underfoot and helps your carpet to wear longer. It also can help soundproof your carpeted areas.
Next your carpet layer will roll out, measure, and mark the floor covering. An allowance of a few extra inches is always made for the final fitting.
Carpet is held in place with nail tack strips to hold it in place near walls and thresholds. Carpet seams are joined by sewing, or by using heat-tape and a carpet iron. Carpet is stretched with a knee kicker tool and the excess allowance is cut off. A power stretcher hooks the carpet to the tack strips along walls and thresholds. The carpet edges are finished using a wall trimmer. Metal treads are installed at thresholds in doorways or when your flooring changes from carpet to another product.
What else should be considered?
Always be prepared for what the future might throw at you. Keeping the future in mind, it is wise to purchase some extra carpet to be held “in case” In case of what? Often heavy traffic areas wear thin after time and by the time this happens your carpet may no longer be available and even if it is it will have a different batch number and possibly color. If an area gets damaged you can easily cut and patch in a repair if you have spare carpet. Any other carpet that is left over can be bound and made into mats that match your floor covering.
Your Double Check Checklist
Once your carpet layer has completed their job, and before you sign them off and pay make sure to double check that:
- All carpets have been power stretched, otherwise bubbling and wrinkling will occur.
- A seam adhesive was used for all seams.
- The carpet pile runs in the same direction throughout the house. It should sweep towards the main entrance.
- Seams should run in the same direction as most foot traffic. This stops them from fraying as quickly if they start to lift.
- If you have a stairway you should see that the pile sweeps down.
- Extra, hidden carpet should be folded back at the top and bottom of stairs so that as the edges of the tread are worn, the carpet can be moved to hide the wear.
- Check that no damage has been caused during installation.