PREPARING FOR INSTALLATION
Make sure you know who’s removing your existing flooring. If you wish, the installer will do it. If not, you should make arrangements to have it removed. Next, decide in advance if you want to take on the responsibility or if you want the installer to handle it. Either way, be sure to remove all fragile items from the room. You'll then need to measure door clearances before you have your carpet installed. If the new floor is thicker than your existing floor, door bottoms may rub. Plan in advance to have someone shave or saw the correct amount off the bottom of each door so it does not drag. Finally, if you’re planning to paint, wallpaper, or do any other remodeling in the room, it’s best to do it before your carpet is installed. Keep extra paint to touch up any post-installation nicks.
DURING YOUR INSTALLATION
We'll first prepare your subfloor. Carpet can be installed over most smooth surfaces. Your installer will make sure the surface is clean, dry, and level. We'll then nail or glue tack strips to hold the carpet in place. Then the pad is laid and secured with staples or glue.
The next step is to line up seams. This step is simpler for solid carpet and more complex for patterns—but your professional installer is trained to handle either.
Finally, your installer will stretch the seams. This is a work-intensive step that professionals follow carefully, complying with industry standards so that the carpet will give the best performance for the longest time.