After 37 years of carpet and flooring sales and installation, I believe that there are several qualities to look for finding the right carpet installer. I was a carpet and floor tradesmen in the 1970’s and graduated from carpet engineers college in 1973. My expertise lies in vinyl tile, sheet vinyl, wall to wall carpet, laminate flooring and finished hardwood flooring. Over the years I have seen the good, the bad and the ugly in carpet and flooring installers. I’ve seen the bad ones come and go and the best ones I have tried to hang onto. I’m partially responsible for training successful flooring mechanics and some have gone onto becoming CFI certified. CFI in Kansas City, Missouri operates the premier flooring installation training courses in the US.
Some measuring services (even the ones the big stores use) really get lost in their measurements. They can handle a small job like 1 room, but boy throw in 4 rooms a hall, 10 custom steps and a pattern match and man they are lost. In many cases I’ve seen the store never call the customer back with a price because they totally underestimated the original quote when the customer was in the store. Or they just pile on the yards to make sure they have enough. In any case usually the customer loses. The latter is usually what happens the most and you really got hammered for the free stuff or thought was free.
You know the average Living Room Dining Room or Hallway is around 55 square yards or 495 square feet. That is a good rule of thumb figure. You simply measure the length of the room and the width of the room. You measure into the middle of the doorway (or door jamb). Then multiply the two figures to get the square feet of the room, then typically add about 8-10% for seaming and waste to the net square footage. That gives you the total sf. needed to do the job. Remember carpet usually comes in 12 ft. wide rolls. So if your room is 10×16 you will need a 12×16. The net square footage is 160 but the actual is 192 sf. Now that is pretty simple don’t you think? But when you get into multiple rooms it gets a little tricky. You simply do each room separately and add the rooms together and add the 8-10% and you would be close to what the needed material actually will be. By doing this simple little math problem you won’t be paying for material you don’t need.
Expert Carpeting Measurements & Installations
The job should be expertly measured the right way preferably by a local dealer and then it’s time for installation of your new carpeting. Then an appointment is setup so you know what day the installation will be done. Generally the customer is asked to move knick knaks, end tables, computers, tv’s, and breakables. Then help you with the larger items. Then the installers are introduced to the home owner and go over the job with the installers (seam placement, etc.). They should start by taking up the old carpet & pad, then roll the pieces up into three foot rolls and tie it up for you’re trash man. This can even be coordinated around the trash day so the customer doesn’t have to deal with all the carpet on the curb for several days and risk it getting wet.
The installers should work diligently, be polite and very careful with your belongings. A premium seam tape is a must for a high quality match. The rolls of tape generally are $ 8.00 a roll. You can buy seam tape as low as $ 3.00 but when the carpet gets steam cleaned (and that is the method the manufacture requires) they will come apart. Installers who use the cheap tape aren’t to be found in a year to 18 months when the seams unravel. These problems also arise from poor stretching.
Stretching Carpet & Clean up
The method installers use to stretch the carpet is extremely important; Which wall to stretch to and which wall to set the carpeting to. One of the real advantages of CFI approved installers is they are taught the proper method to install carpet. As the day goes on the job starts to take shape and proper clean up should begin like vacuuming, taking out all the trash and putting items like furniture back in place. A top-notch local shop owner should stop in several times a day to check on the work and make sure the job is progressing as planned.
After the job is complete a warranty should be mailed to you twice a year and a phone call to check on the carpet quality and ask you if they can be of any further assistance.