new carpet in your future? Donít forget to walk
through installation details before you buy.
important to assess carpet quality and match type to
intended use, but youíll avoid hassles if you also
know what to expect with installation and related fees.
an experienced, reputable carpet installer
with choosing carpet from a retailer with good reviews
from friends, family or a trusted online site. If the
dealer doesnít offer installation, ask for a
recommendation or follow the same steps youíd take to
with a provider whoíll visit your home to ensure
proper measurements and to plan transitions between
rooms, as well as seam placement.
carpet rolls are limited in width, a room will often
require a seam. The World Floor Covering Association
recommends working with your provider to create a
diagram that plots out seams and transitions before
carpet is cut. Seams can be minimized if placed under
furniture or if they run in the direction of the light.
about carpet installation details
sure you know about warranties on the carpet and the
reputable installer should follow instructions from the
carpet manufacturer and adhere to standards set by such
organizations as The Carpet and Rug Institute. The CRI
recommends that carpets be power-stretched to minimize
wrinkling. One top-rated service provider told us some
installers use a smaller stretcher ó often called a
"knee kicker" ó that is more appropriate for
small repair jobs.
about all carpet installation fees
let carpet companies hide fees under the rug. Some
advertise free or low-cost installation or padding, but
tack on other charges. Before you hire, be clear about
what services and fees will be part of your job. For
example, you may have to pay for the installer to move
and replace furniture and to remove and discard old
carpeting and padding.
and moldings will have to be removed. Will you want to
keep or replace them? Reinstallation may cost extra, and
could require patching and paint touchup.
you believe interior doors may not clear the carpet, ask
about your companyís door policy. You may need to hire
installers say excess carpet should total no more than
10 percent of a roomís width and length. For a small
fee, you could have larger leftover pieces bound as
before the carpet installers arrive
install carpet after wallpapering, painting or other
reduce dust and dirt, vacuum existing carpet before
removal. Ask if the installers will vacuum the exposed
sub-floor or if youíll need to do that.
installation, provide adequate ventilation by opening
windows and doors, running an exhaust fan or operating
your HVAC system fan.
the installer leaves, walk through the carpeted area and
confirm that everything meets your expectations.
may take 72 hours for odors and volatile organic
compounds from the carpet or adhesives to dissipate.
itís normal for new carpet to shed; vacuum loose
fibers. Use scissors to trim any "sprouting"
loops or tufts. If you see wrinkles or ripples, contact
your retailer or installer immediately; they may need to
re-stretch your carpet.