Carpet flooring feels luxurious and indulgent. It’s a gift to your feet and can express so much about your family’s personality and lifestyle. No matter what carpet you’re looking for, luxury styles are available that can give you performance and value. Learn more today about the types of fibers and warranties available before you make your first move. If you’re looking to install carpet flooring in your home, find a local flooring store with experts and installers that help you get the right carpet flooring for your specific needs.
Step 1 – Choosing the Right Carpet Type For You
At Flooring America, we have many carpet brands to choose from. Carpet comes in five major cut types: plush (or cut) pile, berber cut pile, berber loop pile, cut-and-loop pile and commercial loop. Each of those types is available in different types of fiber, both natural (such as wool, sea grass, sisal, and coir) or synthetic (such as nylon, polyester, acrylic or olefin). High-traffic areas benefit from flecks of subtle color or texture in carpet fibers that help hide soil and footprints. Formal areas come alive with plush carpet that is truly a treat for the eyes and feet. Our professional installers will evaluate your home’s living spaces to be certain you choose the best carpet cut and fiber possible for your needs.
Step 2 – Getting Rid of Existing Carpet
Pulling up old carpet can be a difficult task. Years of use, especially if there have been pets in the home, can leave your carpet full of dirt and animal hair. Protect yourself by wearing a mask, remove any moldings around the floor and at the door, and begin to cut out the old carpet carefully. It’s helpful to be mindful of the size of the carpet rolls you will be discarding, as some cities won’t pick up carpet wider than a certain amount.
Step 3 – Laying the Underpad
Clean and dry tyour floor thoroughly. The cleaner the underfloor is, the cleaner your carpet will ultimately feel. If you have existing tackless strips, leave them in place. If there are none, install new strips. Remove your existing underpad. Old pads should be removed with your carpet; new pads are inexpensive and will make a huge difference to the feel and performance of your new carpet.
Step 4 – Laying the New Carpet
For carpet to be installed properly, the initial pieces must be slightly larger than the room in question with an overlay of up to six inches. Trimming this overlay can be tricky and it’s extremely important that it be cut correctly. A carelessly-wielded utility knife can necessitate costly carpet replacement or repair. Our expert installers get it right the first time, preventing any new carpet waste or damage.
Step 5 – Match Up Carpet Seams
Installing more than one carpet piece in the room means you’ll need to match up your carpet seams. Seams between two pieces of carpet must be cut at the same time, or their edges won’t match exactly. Seaming tape must be used correctly with a steaming iron and carpet roller or the seams won’t fully seal. Our expert installers will have the equipment and knowledge to ensure your carpet seams are done right the first time.
Step 6 – Stretching and Attaching the Carpet
In order to properly complete carpet installation, the carpet must be stretched using first a “knee kicker” and then a carpet spreader to attach to the tackless strips along each wall. Stretching should be followed up by final wall trimming, tucking at the walls, and reinstallation of the molding at the baseboards. Failure to use any equipment properly at this stage will leave your carpet lose and baggy, lacking the firm support carpet typically provides, and may result in curling or pulling up at the edges.
Avoid these installation mistakes by turning to our experts at Flooring America. We will guide you through the process of carpet selection and installation, whether you’re looking to put carpet in your home or at a commercial property. Each one of our carpet installations comes with a lifetime warranty, allowing you to thoroughly enjoy your new purchase. We will back you up if anything ever goes wrong related to your carpet’s installation.
Each carpet purchase with installation from us at Flooring America comes with a lifetime installation warranty. If your carpet flooring has a problem years down the road related to installation, we will make your flooring right again. With more than 500 locations nationwide and our Five Star Selection System, you can be sure that you’re in good hands when you’re choosing long lasting, durable carpet that’s kid proof and pet proof for a home or a commercial space.
Call us today (800) 4-FLOORS to begin taking steps toward the easy care carpet floor you’ve always wanted. Experience the easy maintenance, durability and virtually unlimited design options that carpet can offer you. Our experts are waiting to guide you to the flooring of your dreams!