Things you need to know before you install
A new carpet from Seestedt’s is a beautiful way to warm up and quiet down your home. We know from experience that it’s best to hire a professional installer to make sure your carpet looks the way you want and lasts as long as you expect it to. After all, installation is very hard work and there are many tools and supplies needed that the average DIY enthusiast may not have access to. However, if you do plan to install your own carpet, be sure to consult the approved installation guidelines and warranties of the manufacturer before you start.
A qualified carpet installer will have the experience it takes to do the job right the first time, and the tools required to move quickly and handle any unexpected situations. A professional installation can also help ensure your carpet is covered by the Shaw warranty in case the need should arise. A professional installer has a broad range of equipment to work with, here are a few items you’re sure to see if you watch the installation process:
Tack strips are slats of wood nailed to the floor around the outside edge of the area where the carpet will be installed. Each strip has angled pins sticking off the top designed to catch hold of the carpet and keep it in place, allowing it to be stretched tight into position.
A power stretcher is a long tool that stretches from one side of the room to the other. It’s used to stretch carpet in large areas. The head is placed by the loose edge of the carpet and grips the carpet in order to pull it tight. A long pole is placed from the head to the opposite wall. A lever is then pumped by the arms, which creates pressure and stretches the carpet with greater force than a knee kicker is able to create. A Knee Kicker is used in small spaces such as a closet or stairs. A Professional installer will use a combination of both tools depending on the job.
The seam roller is a spiked cylinder with a handle, a bit like a small paint roller. The installer uses this tool to press down on the seam between two pieces of carpet, attaching them to the adhesive strip underneath. This creates a tight seam which is essential to the life of the carpet, especially in high-traffic areas like doorways or stairs.
Getting Ready for Your Carpet Installation
A successful carpet installation requires preparation. You should consult with a specialist at Seestedt's for a full set of instructions, but here are some steps you can take to help your carpet installation go smoothly.
If you have existing flooring in the area where the carpet installation will occur, there may be some work involved in preparing the exposed surface for your new carpet. If the old flooring was glued down or set in place with tile adhesive, all that residue will have to be removed. Hiring a professional for this work is a good idea, because an experienced flooring specialist will know when the area is ready for service and may be able to assist you with the disposal of your old flooring.
All the furniture in the room where your new carpet will be installed needs to be removed. Hiring professional movers and storage experts can be very helpful for this part of the job, especially for heavy items, or items requiring special care. A professional moving and storage crew can reduce the amount of time you have to live without your furniture and can have your house back to normal in as little as a day.
During & After Your Carpet Installation
At Seestedt’s, we recommend that a member of your household 18 or older be available to greet the installation crew and show them the work area. For everyone’s safety and to help the project go smoothly, keep children and pets away from the work area until the job is done. Feel free to ask your lead installer any questions you might have about the finished product and get recommendations for resuming the use of your newly carpeted rooms.