Carpet Installation | CAP Carpet & Flooring
Empire Today makes it easy to get brand new flooring for your home! Browse our wide selection of carpet, hardwood, laminate, tile, or vinyl flooring options. All of our new Pick a day and time to meet with a flooring professional at your home. There are six bread and butter transitions for most hardwood floors. The baseboard covers the raw edges of the hardwood where it meets the walls. Flooring is one of the biggest decisions a homeowner makes, Buy wood that comes from a responsibly managed forest that meets.
Remove all furniture and other objects and materials from the areas to be carpeted. Some installers will move your furniture, but there may be an additional charge for doing so.
Know what to do with your present floor covering. Please consider how your old floor covering will be taken up and disposed of. This can be a time consuming and messy task. We would be happy to discuss removal options with you. If you prefer to remove your present floor covering, do it at least one day prior to installation to allow for cleanup and floor preparation.
Installing Carpet Against Hardwood Floors - Step By Step With Photos
If removing old carpet, please leave tack strips in place and pull the staples out of the floor from the original pad. Consider your options regarding the trim.
You should know that, in many cases, moldings and baseboards need to be removed for carpet installation. Your installer may do this but at an additional charge and they will probably not be responsible for damage or beakage due to dry or brittle wood. Painted baseboards, woodwork and paint may need retouching after the installation is complete. If necessary, this is your responsibility. Seek advice on your subflooring. Your existing subfloor may need to be prepared to receive the carpet, or a new subfloor may be required.
This is a job best left to the professionals and, again, we can help you with these decisions. Be prepared with a door plan. Another thing to keep in mind is how the color of carpet affects the apparent size of the room. Lighter colored carpet will visually expand the size of the room.
Darker carpeting will seem to bring the walls closer together, and create a more intimate feeling. Some installers will remove doors in order to install the carpet and re-hang them if possible.
You may need to arrange for a qualified carpenter to provide this service after the installation of your new carpet.
How to Install Hardwood-to-Carpet Transition Pieces
Be clear about the clean-up. Installing new carpet will produce waste. Usually these materials are collected by your installer and left at your trash collection site.
What to know and do during installation day Installation day requires your presence. Be prepared to be at home the day of installation and be available in case the installation crew has questions.
Your presence will insure that the correct carpet is installed in the right areas. Because it is difficult to estimate the length and circumstances of each job, some installers may not be able to give you an exact time of arrival.
Keep your family safe. Your installers will use a variety of tools and techniques that can make the work area hazardous. Please make sure that your children and pets are kept out of the work area on installation day.
Hardwood Floor meeting Carpet
One is designed for installation on concrete and the other for wood subfloors. The only difference is the type of nails.
Concrete tack strip uses hardened steel nails that can penetrate concrete. For thinner carpet you may want to place it closer and vice versa for thicker carpeting. The gap gulley is where the end of the cut carpeting will tuck into. Often this can be the most daunting part of the job because there may be limited work room, and you certainly don't want to ding up that brand new floor!
You may want to practice a few times in another area just to get the hang of it. Good job, now we're onto the next step; cutting back the carpet padding. Unfortunately we don't have a good close-up of this one but you want to fold the padding back over the recently installed tack strip. Cutting too much away can leave a telegraph effect in the carpet over time with wear and cutting too long can have an effect on the carpet staying stretched on the pins of the tack strip.
With the right blade it should cut through quite easily. Using The Knee Kicker Ah, that ugly looking knee buster is next!
It should be noted, the carpet kicker should not be used to stretch large areas of carpet. Backing up to the point of when the carpet was removed.
It's wise to keep as much stretch as possible in all existing areas where the carpet will remain, unless you plan on the services of a professional installer to handle finishing off the carpet. If you haven't removed much of the stretched area, fold back the carpet over the tack strip while placing most of your weight with hand over the tack strip area. You don't have to kick hard to get the carpet nudged. Basically we just want a firm appearance on the other side of the wood floor.
While nudging, place pressure on the carpet so it hinges to the pins of the tack strip. Working right to left in this case nudging every four or five inches along the length of the door opening, keep the pressure on the tack strip area, making sure it has grabbed and stays there.
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Geez guys, you're different and the results are the same, why bother? For better assurance of keeping the stretch intact, the installer in this case rubs with pressure the blunt end of a clean hammer so the pins are hinged to the carpet and will not loosen.
Trimming The Carpet Finally more tricky stuff, cutting the carpet to the correct length.