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Installing & Laying Carpet

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Beyond the comfort it provides, carpet also serves as a canvas to showcase your unique personality and lifestyle. Whether you're drawn to the elegance of carpet tiles, the timeless appeal of Berber carpet, or anything in between, Flooring America has an extensive selection to meet your needs.

Are you looking to install or replace wall-to-wall carpet flooring in your home? Find a local Flooring America store with experts and installers ready to guide you through the process, ensuring you not only find the perfect carpet flooring but also receive valuable insights into the most cost-effective solutions tailored to your specific home improvement requirements. Say goodbye to the guesswork and hello to a luxurious experience underfoot, crafted just for you.

Step 1: Choosing the Right Carpet Type for You


At Flooring America, we have many carpet brands to choose from, as well as a variety of types of carpet.

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 these types of carpet is available in different types of fiber, both natural (such as wool, sea grass, sisal, and coir) and 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. There are even eco-friendly, stain-resistant, and mold- and mildew-resistant carpets available today.

Choosing the right carpet involves a thoughtful consideration of various factors. Our professional installers conduct thorough evaluations of your living spaces to guide you in selecting the optimal carpet type, cut, padding, and fiber tailored to your needs. Additionally, we prioritize transparency by ensuring you comprehend all aspects of carpet installation costs before your project begins. Elevate your space with the perfect carpet, selected just for you.

Step 2: Replacing Existing Carpet

Removing an old carpet can prove challenging, especially after years of use or if pets have been part of the household. The accumulated dirt and animal hair can pose a formidable task. When contemplating carpet replacement, entrusting the job to a professional installer becomes crucial. Experts safeguard themselves by wearing masks, systematically removing moldings around the floor and doors, and delicately cutting out the worn carpet.

Step 3: Laying the Underpad


The installer will clean and dry your floor thoroughly. The cleaner the underfloor is, the cleaner the carpet will ultimately feel. The installer may leave existing tackless strips. If there are none, they will install carpet tack strips.

Next, the old carpet cushion undergoes removal, making way for the installation of fresh carpet padding. This step is transformative, significantly enhancing the tactile experience and overall performance of your new carpet.

Step 4: Laying the New Carpet


Precision is key when it comes to carpet pieces—they should extend slightly beyond the room's dimensions, allowing for an overlay of up to six inches. The delicate task of trimming this overlay requires expert skill. During the carpet replacement process, our skilled installers ensure a flawless cut of excess carpet, eliminating the risk of unnecessary waste or damage to the new carpet. Trust experts at Flooring America to get it right the first time, leaving you with a seamlessly fitted and visually appealing carpet.

Step 5: Match Up Carpet Seams


Most rooms require more than one piece of carpet. This is typically because of the way wall-to-wall carpet must be cut to ensure the pattern matches up correctly. The carpet is cut with the utmost precision, so the seams line up perfectly.

Seam tape is used to join the two seams. Seams between two pieces of carpet must be cut at the same time, or their edges won’t match exactly. The 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 around.

Step 6: Stretching and Attaching the Carpet


To finish the 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.

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At Flooring America, we are your trusted partners in the journey of selecting and installing the perfect carpet, whether it's for your new home, a home improvement project, or a commercial property. Our commitment is exemplified by a lifetime warranty on every carpet installation, ensuring your complete satisfaction. We've got you covered if any issues arise related to your carpet's installation.