Carpet is not something you buy often. This makes it very confusing to choose the best one for your home. Here are certain things you should know certain things before you go for carpet shopping and installing.
1. Calculating your requirement
It is important that you measure the area where the carpet needs to be installed before heading out to buy it. This will give a rough idea about how much it is gonna cost you. Do not just simply round up the square footage of your rooms because so many factors come into consideration here like the width of the carpet, position of closets and railing posts.
2. Get your carpet professionally installed
If you have a simple square room, then it will be easy for you to install the carpet on your own. Otherwise, it is advised to hire professionals who have the special equipment needed to install for better use of the money you have invested on your carpet. You can check out carpet fitters London or similar professionals who can get you the job done with utmost care. Carpet installation is expensive, but a poorly installed carpet may need a reinstallation or replacement soon and many warranties are only valid if the carpets are professionally installed.
3. Choosing one that fits your lifestyle
You need to do some research on what color and material you should buy depending on the traffic, the number of people in the family and pets. You can even go for options like luxury vinyl tiles which gives more depth, durability and less wear compared to other floorings that are available. If you are sticking with your carpet option, you need to consider more factors like your pets color, resistance to stain and weather conditions. A sunny area will make your carpet fade in no time and if you live in damper climates you should go for synthetic materials which can resist mildew and mold.
4. Moving your furniture
One of the many tedious tasks you need to is moving your furniture to remove the old carpet and install a new one. If you have any heavy furniture you need to call professionals to do so. Some furniture that cannot be moved are Piano which is too valuable to move anywhere, pool tables, waterbeds, TV and other electronics. Either you move it yourself or have a proper plan on what to do with those.
5. Tack trips
You need to install tack trips if you have never installed the carpet before in that place. Install it along the back of the treads, it should meet the riser and leave just enough space for the carpet to be tucked with nails angling towards the walls. In stairs, install it near edges and next to walls leaving a small gap in between.
6. Cut the carpet
When installing carpets on stairs, you can’t use a single long piece. You need to cut them down into small manageable pieces. Measure your stairs and cut so that one set would cover at least three stairs.
7. Laying the underpad
The smooth and shiner side of the underpad goes up. You need to align them according to the treads and cut them a little shorter than the carpet as they shouldn’t be seen outside. Fasten it by stapling at intervals.
8. Laying the carpet
Now that the floor is ready, you can lay out your carpet, trim it on the sides using a regular knife or a wall-cutter. Now stretch the carpet evenly so that there are no irregularities. Make it even so that the carpet won’t result in buckling or poor carpet performance. In case you want to join two carpets, use a pressure-sensitive seaming tape which can make it look professional than traditional methods like ironing or a heat-bond tape. This gives adequate hold to the carpet. Also, invest in a vacuum cleaner which is needed for the cleaning of the carpet. You should also do steam cleaning of your carpets once a year for a fresh and neatly styles carpet.