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What to do before the installer arrives

Room temperature is important.  Make sure that the room temperature is at least 65, but no more than 95, degrees.  When a room is very cold, the carpeting can be stiff and hard to manipulate. In warmer temperatures the carpet may relax and cause bubbling or waffling because it can not be stretched properly. This is particularly important in vacant homes were heating may be turned off .

Move all small items and breakables. Especially delicate items like computers, fish tanks and items mounted on the wall. Our company offers furniture moving services for a nominal fee. This includes furniture only, not what is on it or in it.  Try to be considerate and move everything but the large furniture items so that the installer can concentrate on doing a quality installation. 

Be sure there is a power source is available so that the installer can utilize the tools he needs for installation  (like seam irons).

Make sure any new wallpaper or paint has had sufficient time to dry.  Try to allow at least 24 hours from  the time of wallpapering or painting before the installation of your carpet.

Helpful Advice: Discuss with the estimator if clearances at the bottom of door will have to be altered to function properly over      the thickness of the new carpet and padding.  We do not shave doors so you will need to make arrangements for the doors to be altered accordingly.

Styles of Installation

The most frequently used style of carpet installation is "Over Padding". Tack strips (a wooden strip with diagonal upward pointing small nails) are glued or nailed around the floor perimeters.  The appropriate padding is installed and joined at the seams, and trimmed in place within the frame created by the tack strip. The carpet is laid in place and manually stretched or power stretched to secure.

In "Direct Glue Down" installation.  Adhesive is spread on the floor, the carpet is laid down and all seams are glued. The adhesive creates a permanent bond between the carpet and floor.  This type of installation is most commonly used for commercial areas.  In residential applications it could be used in kitchens, basements and in outdoor situations like patios.

Loose Lay” installation involves carpet being trimmed to fit wall to wall without being attached to  the floor.  Binding can be applied for a beautifully finished edge.  This type of installation is ideal for apartments were  landlords will not allow installation of new carpeting. As well as protecting tile and wood floors that you don't want to damage. This is also helpful in situations were you will want to take your carpeting with you when you move.

Stair Installation Styles

Waterfall method is the most common installation style for steps, and the one that most carpeting stores consider "standard". In this method the carpet is brought across the rounded nose of the tread and drawn down into the the base of the riser.

Upholstered steps are done in the same manner as waterfall steps, with the exception that the carpet is attached to the underside of the riser first and then brought straight down the face of the base of the riser below. This gives a more finished look and defines the step.

Runner is a carpet strip cut slightly narrower than the step and is installed on the center of the stairs leaving exposed wood on both sides.  The edges of the runner are normally bound but can also be turned under. The installation of the runner can be in either of the styles listed above. This method is ideal when you have well-polished wood flooring. Giving you the beauty of the wood floor and the comfort and warmth of carpeting.

Treads are bound pieces of carpeting the depth of the tread and any desired width. They can be attached to the steps with no carpet on the risers. Treads need to be stapled well to avoid tripping hazards. This choice is often used to allow wood floors to show. The tread is used to protect the step and cut noise and add comfort.

Capped installation is used when steps are open ended (i.e. not meeting a wall). This highly tailored style of installation is the very elegant when done properly. 

You will need to decide ahead of time what style of step installation you want. This decision may affect total yardage. For all styles there is an additional charge. All styles require technical knowledge to install properly.

Helpful Advise : Keep any large leftover pieces of carpet from installation. Ask the our salesperson to instruct the  installer to set aside pieces for you. Repairs that might be needed in the future will require carpet from the same dye lot.. Having these carpet pieces available will make repairs much easier.

Why are seams necessary?

Carpeting is made in 12 & 15 foot widths. Seams will be necessary in areas larger than the standard width. Our estimators will plan the seams so they are in an inconspicuous area while keeping wastage to a minimum.


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