Your home’s flooring plays an important role in defining the overall look of your home. There are endless flooring options available in the market today, but carpet remains one of the top choices of homeowners. Picking a flooring material is a tough decision to make, so if you have decided to go with carpet flooring then you’ve already completed the first step. But it doesn’t end here. Even if you’ve chosen the flooring material, color, and pattern, you can’t be sure it’s going to look perfect in your home.
To ensure that your carpet flooring adds to the style of your home, you’ll have to make sure it is installed properly. Improper installation of carpet can lead to several issues that can reduce the useful life of the carpet and ruin its look. Therefore, it’s important to get it done in the right way.
Here we’ll be discussing the carpet Calgary installation checklist that will help you install carpet in your home in the right way:
You need to check for carpet recycling companies in your area. Before you get your new carpet installed, you’ll have to properly remove the old carpet. A lot of people advise taking the old carpet to the landfill. However, we wouldn’t recommend that as it’s not good for the environment. So it’s better to find a carpet recycling company near you that can help you dispose of your used carpet properly.
Hiring a Carpet Installation Company
The next step is to hire a carpet installation company. Although carpets may seem like a DIY project, it’s always better to leave this job to the professionals. This is a really tough decision to make as most of the contractors you come across claim to offer the best services. Before making a decision, make sure you check their customer reviews and how long they’ve been in this business.
Once you have hired a contractor to install your new carpet, it may seem as if you’ve done your work. However, it doesn’t end here. There is still a lot more you need to do in order to help out the team before they arrive. These prep steps are easy to follow and do not require any specific skills. But they’re necessary if you want the carpet installation process to go smoothly. Let’s see what these prep steps are:
Make sure electricity is on and there is adequate water, lighting, and restroom facilities. Also, keep your children and pets out of the installation area and remedy any pest/flea infestation. The driveway should be kept clear for cutting materials.
There should be no valuable, breakable and fragile items in the installation room. So make sure you remove all such items before the professionals arrive. Disconnect all electronic equipment, empty your cabinets, closet, and bookcases. Remove bedding and things you’ve placed under the beds. If there are any specialty items in that area, such as grandfather clocks, aquariums, pianos, safes, and billiard tables, etc. then they may need specialty movers before the installation process begins and also special balancing or tuning after being moved.
The flooring can sometimes appear a bit different from the sample after being installed, which is considered as dye lot variation. It’s because natural products expand and contract because of humidity and moisture variations throughout the year which results in differences of spacing at the seams. Seams are a noticeable characteristic in the floor where two pieces of the carpet meet
Note that the variations in color, vein, grain, etc. add to the beauty and uniqueness of the floor, which means there’s nothing to worry about. And make sure installers vacuum the new carpet after installation.
If there is any unforeseen damage that is left uncovered after removal of the existing floor, make sure you get it repaired. This will result in extra charges and delays, which should be assessed at the time when damage is discovered. Some damages may be beyond the scope of your contractors and require specialists (plumber etc.) for repair.
Once the installation process has been completed, make sure you inspect the area and ensure that the carpet has been installed properly. If you have any concerns or queries, do discuss them with the installer. Some contractors do not offer help once they leave your place and their payment is cleared. so make sure you’re completely satisfied with their service before clear their payment.
Maintenance plays a major role in determining the useful life of a carpet. If you’ve installed carpet in a heavy traffic area, then you’ll have to vacuum it at least twice a week. Whereas, if you’ve installed it in a light to medium traffic area, then vacuuming at least once a week would do. Also, it is highly recommended to get your carpets professionally steam cleaned every 18 to 24 months.