Go Pro with Your Carpet
One of the advantages of having carpet in your home is that it dampens the noise around you. In fact, carpeting can create a comfortable, soft feel throughout your home. Carpet can also be a beautiful accessory and can really liven up a room; often, the color and style of your carpet is as important to your home’s design as the furniture you select. Once you’ve picked out the perfect combination of style and color, it’s time to decide whether you are going to hire a professional to install it or make a go of doing it on your own. There are a lot of things to consider before you tackle carpet installation. It is best to bring in a professional to do the job.
There are dramatic downsides to tackling the project on your own. For example, if you find that the installation is a bit more difficult than you expected, but you have already laid some portions and cut others, then your carpet warranty will most likely no longer be honored. So, if you’ve done a poor job, there’s no one to help you cover the cost. Also, the equipment can be difficult to use and may cause problems for someone who has never tried to lay carpet before. If you have decided against doing your own installation, it’s time to look into what a professional job can offer. The upside to working with your retailer is that your carpet and installation should be fully covered by a warranty; however, it will be more expensive than going with an independent contractor. Typically, the installers have to meet certain requirements and standards to sign up, so you can trust that you’re getting a true professional that will do quality work. It is a good idea to check the certifications of the installer you choose.
Now that you have chosen your installer, what should you expect on the installation day? First, they will remove your old carpet, and most installers will dispose of it for an extra fee. Then they will lay down an underpad, which will make your new carpet more comfortable. An underpad is a foam pad that will make your carpet feel softer when you’re walking on it, and it will also help dampen noise. After the underpad has been laid, the installer will begin with the carpet.
The best way to avoid mistakes is to make sure the carpet is put in place correctly the first time. The carpet stretcher and the seam roller are all specialized tools used for carpet installation. In the wrong hands they could create a mess. However, under the guidance of professionals, these tools usually are used correctly and leave you stress-free. And what does stress-free carpet installation look like? To begin with, the carpet will meet the walls snugly and without any edges showing. Also, the carpet will be smooth and won’t show any bumps or ridges. Finally, any seams where the installers had to put two sections of carpet together won’t be noticeable at first glance.
Rates will vary from contractor to contractor, but they typically charge by the amount of carpet installed. There are also fees for disposing of the old carpet and laying down a new underpad. Choosing the right contractor for installation can enhance the life and beauty of your carpet and with that, the beauty of your home.
Source: “How Professional Carpet Installation Works.” www.HowStuffWorks.com Web. 24 July 2013.
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