Carpet installation is easy to get wrong, and for the best finish that your home deserves, it’s worth that’s best left to professionals with the right expertise and experience. You can find out more about the process of carpet installation and why it pays off for you to have your carpet installed by installers who know what they’re doing below, so read on now.
How Are the Right Tools and Materials Chosen?
Specialty tools and materials are required to install carpet to a professional standard. Some of these are essential, and they’re chosen because they offer the best outcomes when the carpet installation process is being undertaken. Amateurs do not always use them, but true professionals understand their importance.
To keep the carpet in place, tackless strips are used. They’re positioned against the wall around the room in which the carpet is being installed. Angled pins catch the carpet, holding it where it should be. It’s a vital part of the installation process. Then there’s the knee-kicker tool, which is used to jam the carpet into the edges of the room where the carpet needs to be.
A carpet stretcher also needs to be used to ensure the carpet is smooth and there are no unsightly bulges. When there’s an adhesive below the carpet, a seam roller is used to ensure that the carpet is properly stuck to the adhesive and pressed down correctly.
Preparation is a vital part of the work carried out by professional carpet installers. It’s this part of the process in which the installer can ensure the right amount of carpet is purchased and that it’s cut carefully and accurately.
The installer will then cut and seam the carpet correctly, and the floor will be prepared for the next stages of the installation process. This is when loose nails can be addressed, and any creaking floorboards can be dealt with. It’s about making sure the floor is in good shape because this will benefit your carpet and your home generally, and you don’t often get the chance to implement those fixes.
When any gaps in the floorboards have been filled with wood putty or something similar, you can begin the process of laying the carpet. First of all, the tackless strips need to be arranged, and the carpet will then be ready for placing.
Placing the Carpet
With the fastener strips in place, you’re ready to place the carpet. This starts with unrolling it and putting it in place. You can do this in a way that allows you to set the padding in place underneath the carpet as you unroll it. It makes sense, and this is the approach that professional installers usually take.
The foam padding you use might need to be stuck to the floor underneath using adhesive in some circumstances. This isn’t always necessary, but if the floor is made from concrete, it will be. You can trim the padding so that it doesn’t hang over the edges past the fastener strips.
The carpet can then be fully unrolled over the padding and past the fastener strips and secured using the knee-kicker mentioned above. Once that’s done, it will be carefully trimmed, leaving a slight overlap. That’s an important point because it’ll make the next stage easier and produce the kind of outcome and finished aesthetic that most people are looking for.
The Edges and Completion
You can use a stiff putty knife to wedge the edges of the carpet into the small gap that was left between the fastener strips and the wall. This should be done carefully but firmly around the room until the whole rug has been finished off at the edges and it’s all wedged in place.
It’s done by pushing the raw carpet edge under the rim using a hammer and a woodblock. It’s also necessary to finish the carpet correctly in the doorways. The carpet needs to be trimmed so that it’ll fit under the rim of the door’s finishing strip. You can then pound the rim down using a hammer and woodblock.
Once all of that, done, the process will be complete and your new carpet will be fully installed. You can use the carpet stretcher to make sure everything’s smooth and as it should be.
The Advantages of Professional Carpet Installation
Professional carpet installers have high standards, and they are held to those standards. It means that if there is a problem during or after the installation, you will be within your rights to expect the installer to rectify any problems they created during the installation process.
The process of installing a new carpet is not always easy and straightforward. It can be pretty challenging, and there are lots of things that can go wrong. If you’re not a professional, those kinds of problems will be far more likely.
Professionals have the expertise and experience required to ensure the outcomes achieved can meet the standards you want and expect in your home. If you’re looking for a highly polished finish, it pays off to hire a professional installer.
If you’re currently looking to have a new carpet professionally installed in your home, you shouldn’t hesitate to connect with Floors by the Shore. You can call or fill in a form, and you’ll then be contacted in no time at all by a member of our time who will discuss your needs with you before taking the project from there.