Carpet Installation -
What To Expect
A new carpet from West River Carpets Inc. is a great way to warm up and quiet down your home. It’s important to hire a professional installer to make sure your carpet looks the way you want and lasts as long as you expect it to. Installation is very hard work and there are many tools and supplies needed that the average DIY enthusiast may not have access to. 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.
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.
The knee kicker is also called a carpet stretcher. It’s about a foot and a half long and has teeth at one end that grip the carpet. The installer sets the Kicker onto the carpet and strikes the pad at the other end with one knee. This pushes the carpet forward, stretching it into place taught on the pins of the tack strip.
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.
During & After Your
A member of your household 18 or older should 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.
If you'd like to learn more about carpet installation, be sure to contact us today.