It is very important to find a good carpet installer. Installation is
the most important, yet overlooked part of the job.
Here are some things a good installer can provide you with:
You will want to work out various details with your installer before
he begins work. It is preferable to get those details in writing. Examples
- Proof of liability insurance.
An installer should be covered in the event that he/she damages your
home or your new carpet. He/she should be able to provide you with
a copy of their insurance policy.
- Warranty of work.
If your installer is good, he/she should be able to provide you with
a written warranty of his/her work. A one-year warranty is standard
and should cover such things as seaming problems and re-stretching
(if needed). To be fair, there are a lot of good installers out there
who will give you a verbal one-year warranty, but do not have a pre-written
warranty. This is generally because they have never taken the time
to put their warranty into writing. However, having it in writing
is always preferable. If an installer does not have his warranty in
writing, ask him or her to write it down for you. Some installers
will be willing to do that.
A good installer can provide references of previous work he/she has
done. It is a good idea to check them out.
It is a good idea to make a list of all existing damage to walls, base
boards, etc in the rooms where carpet will be installed prior to installation.
This will prevent any doubt about whether or not damage was caused by
- The placement of seams (see more information below)
- Responsibility for adjusting doors that will not swing freely over
the new carpet.
- Responsibility for moving furniture.
- Removal and disposal of old carpet.
- Any other concerns you may have about your particular situation.
A few things you should know about the sub floor (the floor the
carpet will be laid on):
A few things you should know about seam placement:
- The sub floor should be clean
- The sub floor (as well as the room and the carpet itself) should
be at least 65 degrees Fahrenheit so the carpet will properly stretch
- In order to prevent damage to the carpet, large holes or cracks
in the sub floor need to be filled before the carpet is laid.
A few general things you should know about the carpet laying process:
- Placing seams under the primary natural light source is good. The
added light will help hide the seams.
- Placing seams under furniture will help hide them.
- As much as possible, seams should be out of main traffic patterns.
- Seams should not be directly over pad seams unless they are running
- The area where carpet is being installed should be ventialted to
avoid the buildup of gasses emitted from your new carpet (see Carpet
Allergies for more information).
- The old carpet should be vacuumed prior to removal in order to minimize
- Today's carpet backings require a power stretcher to stretch the
carpet into place. A good installer will use a power stretcher.
- The piles (tufts of fiber) in your carpet have a direction. All
adjacent carpet should be laid in the same direction.
- The threshold between carpet and other types of flooring should
be protected with a molding.
Installation Costs: Carpet layers will generally have a
minimum fee that will be charged if the job is too small. A minimum
charge in the $75 to $100 range is reasonable.
The price you can expect to pay for carpet installation is approximately
$5 per square yard (this will vary somewhat). Square yardage is
calculated by multiplying the length (in feet) by the width (in
feet) and then dividing by 9. Carpet layers may also charge extra
for the following:
You should be able to save about $1.00 per yard by hiring your own
installer instead of using your local carpet retailer's installer.
You can verify this by calling some stores and asking them what they
charge for installation.
- $0.50 per square yard for Berber
- $1.00 per square yard to remove and dispose of old carpet (hint:
you can save a lot of money by just pulling it up yourself, cutting
it up into pieces, and throwing it away in your trash).
- $1.00 per square yard to move furniture.
- They may also charge extra for steps, irregularities, or protrusions
into the room.
Carpet layers hired by you are solely responsible for their work.
You will not have any recourse with the carpet retailer in the event
that installation is not done properly (which is a good reason to
use a big company like Cover All - see beolw).
There is no such thing as Free Installation
Need to Find an Installer?
Visit the Certified
Floorcovering Installers Association to find a certified installer
near you. A certified installer will probably be better than the average
Call the Certified Floorcovering Installers Association at: 816-231-4646.
FOR WEST COAST CUSTOMERS:
If you are on the West Coast, you can go to this web site to get a
referral for an installer: http://www.floorinstallers.com
If you are determined to do the installation yourself, you may find
this page helpful: Do It
Yourself Carpet Installation. I have never tried the methods described
on this page and do not endorse those methods.