Carpeting installation guide
What to expect
There’s a lot to think about when it comes to installing carpet. It’s good to have a sense of what the process entails before you buy. At The Floor Store, we have years of experience and are happy to answer any of your specific carpet installation questions. In the meantime, here’s a brief overview of what to expect.
BEFORE YOUR CARPET INSTALLATION
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 subflooring needs repairs to ensure that the floor itself is safe, stable, and level.
DURING YOUR CARPET INSTALLATION
Plan to be home during the installation. It will ensure you can communicate well with your installation team and have any of your questions answered. Your carpet padding will be installed first. On top of that, your carpet will be installed, using a seam diagram to ensure that placement minimizes the appearance of any and all seams. If you’ve had discussions about doors and molding in advance, your installation team may take care of those needs (molding will need to be reinstalled and doors may need to be trimmed if they don’t clear your new carpet). If you not, you’ll want to consider having a professional install your baseboards and trim your doors.
AFTER YOUR CARPET INSTALLATION
After your carpet is installed, your room will need good ventilation. You can help ensure good air flow by opening up windows, turning on fans and taking other steps to air the room out for about 72 hours. Your new carpet may “shed” a bit, but frequent vacuuming in the first few days will help. Use scissors to trim any loose fibers and begin to enjoy your new flooring!