Installing that new carpet is a big job, but it is something that you can either handle your own or with professional help. There are many skills that the professional installers have, but not every company is reputable or trustworthy. Always be sure to really do your research before hiring someone. Here are some tips and considerations to keep in mind when carpeting your floor with a hired team.
Research & Plan Ahead
Once you have decided to hire professional installers, be sure and find someone with a lot of experience. These are skills that can take a long time to master, so spend an amount of time reading reviews and examining how long they have been in business. After choosing a company, be sure to plan ahead for the big day. This means having everything in the room (or rooms) removed so as not to be damaged. If the installation team removes your furniture for you, you may be billed an extra fee.
Create & Use Seaming Diagrams
Each room that will have new carpet installed should also be using a seaming diagram. The reason for this is because that most companies will not have rolls wide enough to cover your entire room. Here, several pieces will need to be cut and the seamed together. By using a diagram, it may be inherently likely to have the seams placed in positions where they will be the least noticeable.
Padding & Covering
You will need to decide whether to have the new carpet installed over the old covering or a new one. In most cases, the removal of old covering and padding is a job in and of itself. Consider hiring someone to handle this for you before the installation team comes. Make sure that it is hauled away and then disposed of properly and responsibly. In some cases, the retailer may be able to handle this for you.
There are generally two types of padding choices. As basic as this may sound, there can be surprising differences between the feel of your carpeting on thin and thick padding. Thin padding can give even a plusher floor covering a hard feeling, almost like being on concrete. Thick padding, on the other hand, helps to make things feel smoother, thicker, and more inviting. A thicker padding will also keep the flooring smashing against the ground when walked upon.
Watch the Trim, Subfloor
This also may be a good opportunity to choose new baseboards, moldings, and other types of trim, since it will need to be removed before the installation. If the crew is going to remove and / or reinstall, discuss this upfront, since it may mean additional charges.
Once the padding and covering are removed, you may discover the subfloor is unsuitable and may need to be replaced. If you have any doubt about this one, choose a professional crew, since this is really the foundation of your house. Obviously, being forced to tear up your carpet later on in order to fix the error of an amateur is not an optimal situation.