There is nothing better to spruce up the interior of your home than to have a new carpet installation done. With such a wide variety of types and styles available on the market today, you cannot only give your home a fresh new look, but also improve its resale value at the same time. In this article, we will go over what you can do to prepare for new carpeting, as well as what will take place during the in-home installation of carpet.
How to Measure Any Room
Before going out and ordering a carpet installation, you will need to know the exact measurements of new carpet that you will need to cover the room, or rooms that you want redone. This is fairly easy to do and while most carpet outfits may offer to do it for you for a fee during a home visit; you can save time and money by doing it yourself before heading to your local carpet outlet.
To start, you will want to make a sketch of the room that you want to have carpeted, one large enough so that you can clearly mark down the following measurements that you will map out with a tape measure:
•The length of the room, from wall to wall
•The width of the room, from wall to wall
•Specific features within the room, including doorways, fireplaces or insets like cubbies that will need cut around
Once you have everything measured and noted, it is time to take your sketch, and measurements to your local carpet outlet and choose the right carpeting for your home.
When shopping for any new flooring installation, it is always a good idea to walk around with a salesperson, and ask questions about the products they have to offer. It does not matter if you are looking to install carpeting, or even hardwood flooring, it pays to get the most from the money you will be investing in the process, and that includes any beneficial additions that you might be able to pick up during the sale. Carpeting is often sold in widths from 12 feet to 15 feet but some may come in wider widths, especially the more ornate designs. Look for the widths that closely match your measurements, and have the salesperson help you make the best deal for the total footage you will need to cover the length. Do not be afraid to ask questions about quality and lifespan of the material, manufacturers will offer warranties of varying lengths for just that purpose.
If you are going to be having the carpet installed in a high traffic area, then you will need to think about having padding placed underneath it to prolong its lifespan. There are several types available and each one brings its own unique attributes to the installation as a whole. Sponge rubber padding is available in either a waffled or a flat design and is similar to what you would find within a seat cushion. Padding adds durability and decent insulation for sound.
If you are looking to go green with the new installation, choose padding that matches your desire to be environmentally friendly. There are versions of the standard polyurethane padding made from recycled pieces, remade into solid layers of long life cushioning with great sound dampening qualities. There is also padding available on the market today that is made primarily of natural fibers, like jute and animal hair, which can be woven and compressed to make a very resilient cushion for your carpeting.
Time to Install
Once everything is purchased, it is now time for the installers to lay your new carpet. There are two basic methods that they use, stretching and gluing down. The method chosen will usually depend on the carpet that you have purchased and the environment where the carpet installation is going to be done.
Sub floors will not be suitable for gluing and high traffic areas are better for gluing than stretching, for example. The customer is often welcome to observe and if you spot any flaws, such as wrinkles, be sure to point them out before the installation is complete.