Carpet Installation – The Basics

No matter if you’re doing a home renovation or a commercial renovation, installing carpet is a fairly easy process. Even though it may not seem so, carpet installation can sometimes be a little more difficult than you might think. There are a few things that you should know before you begin to install your new carpet. This will help make your experience with carpet installation a pleasant one.


In direct glue down carpet installation, the carpeting is simply glued down to the hardwood floor using a carpet pad. The pad does most of the work. The actual adhesive that makes the pad stick to the hardwood must be very strong. If it is not up to the task, the pad will start to wear down and eventually peel off.


For high-traffic areas, such as living rooms and dining rooms, you should use cut pile carpet installation. Cut pile carpet installation consists of an uneven cut of carpet that is laid on top of existing carpet. The cut pile of the carpeting comes from a variety of sources, including remnants of other carpet materials, pet hair, and pieces of fabric that are discarded from other rooms in the home. This cut pile of carpeting is more expensive than direct glue down carpet, but it is much easier to install. And since cut pile carpet installation requires no gluing down of the floor, there is no need for underlayment.


If you do not have the money or the time to install a piece of cut pile carpet yourself, there are many professional installers who can do a decent job for you. One of the main things to keep in mind when hiring a carpet installation professional is that most carpet installation companies charge according to the square footage of the finished room. Therefore, if you are having a small room installed, you may not want to pay as much as you would for a larger room. Therefore, it is imperative that you ask any professional installer how much the installation will cost, rather than simply accepting the quote. You should also inquire as to whether or not installation of the floor covering will require any special tools or machinery.


Once you find a reputable carpet installation company, you can expect them to ask you about your personal preferences, including the type of underlayment or padding you would like to have under the new flooring. In addition to deciding whether you want glue down or cut pile installation, you will also have to choose between bonded or semi-glued carpet. Most installers will suggest a particular type of underlayment or padding, and if you do not have a preference, they can usually recommend a brand that will work. However, if you have a preference, you should let the installers know so that they can give it to you.


Most homeowners will not want to cut up their old carpeting or padding. However, if you do not have enough room for cutting the old padding, you can simply have your new installation applied to an existing piece of carpeting or old flooring. If the old padding has already been cut up, you will need to have it replaced with the new one. You can save a great deal of money by having both pieces of carpeting or old flooring installed at the same time, as the cost of having them installed at different times will be much less than having them installed singly. Carpet installation is a very doable job that almost anyone with a little skill and a few basic tools can do.