Is your existing carpet faded, worn, or torn? If you answered, yes to this question, it may be time to consider replacing the carpet in your home. Residential carpets that have seen their better days take a toll on the overall look and feel of your home. While carpet can make a home feel cozy and warm; conversely, carpet that needs to be replaced can make your home look tired and out of style. Upgrading your home with new carpet is an affordable way to refresh the appearance of your home. Enjoy plush wall-to-wall options, carpet squares, or stair runners to replace the existing carpet or cover another worn flooring option. If you are considering installing carpet, in your home, for the first time or replacing your existing carpet, you may have questions before you are willing to take the plunge. Read on to learn more about carpet installation and have some of your most burning questions answered.
Will Carpet Installers Move My Furniture for Carpet Installation?
Most carpet installers are willing to move furniture in rooms that are being carpeted if you wish for them to do so. Take note, however, that if you go that route, the installer will not be liable for any damage that may occur. If you prefer to avoid risks, you can always choose to empty out the room yourself prior to installation day or hire movers to do that part of the job. Be sure to remove small objects yourself and clean out closets, if they will be receiving carpeting.
How Long Will My Carpet Installation Project Take?
The most honest answer is it depends. When it comes to installing carpeting, there are many factors that will impact the length of time it takes to complete the project. Factors like the size of the room, the size of the project, whether or not old carpeting must be removed prior to installing new, as well as the type of carpet being installed (ie, wall-to-wall carpet, carpet squares, stair runners) will all affect the time frame for the project to be completed. For example, suppose you are replacing the carpet in a large house. In that case, the project could take an entire day or possibly even several days to complete, whereas installing a simple carpet runner could be done within a few hours. Thus, for the most accurate estimate of time, speak with your installer.
How Long Will Wall-to-Wall Carpet Last?
Quality carpeting will hold up for many years when cared for correctly. Although, in general, most carpeting should be replaced within 10-15 years. Typically, carpets will begin to show their wear within that time frame, especially in high-traffic areas. However, remember that these are general guidelines as there are different grades of carpeting available. Depending upon the quality of the carpet you choose, replacement may be necessary prior to the 10-year mark or may exceed the 15-year mark before showing wear.
What Issues Are Carpets Prone To?
The most common issue that people have with their carpets is rippling/wrinkles. Thankfully, this can be avoided by choosing a reputable, experienced installer. When a carpet is measured properly and professionally installed, using the proper procedure, it will look great now and in the future.
Is Carpet Padding Necessary?
Yes, carpet padding is important in protecting your carpet and increasing its performance/functionality. This is because carpet padding plays an important role in the life span and wear of the carpet. Without padding, the carpet would wear out more quickly, especially in areas that receive high traffic. The pad also helps to reduce sound and absorb shock when walking across your flooring. Additionally, customers love a thick pad as it makes the carpet feel softer underfoot. Arguably its best benefit is that it increases the energy efficiency of your home saving you money on energy costs.
Is Carpet Installation Expensive?
Once again, the answer is it depends. While, in general carpet is considered an affordable option when compared with hardwood or laminate options, the price range varies greatly depending on the grade of carpet you choose. There is a wide range of qualities, features, and brands to choose from. Thus, most people are able to find something that they like within their price point. As always, for the most accurate estimate of your project, contact a local installer. You will be able to give them an idea of where you would like to be and then receive an estimate of what the project will cost once your home has been measured and the carpet is selected. That way there aren’t any surprises after the installation is completed.
What Are the Benefits of a Professional Carpet Installation?
When it comes to investing in new carpeting, there are many reasons why you should trust the professionals, instead of attempting to do it yourself.
First of all, the professionals have received training, have the proper equipment, and the real-life experience to do the job right the first time. That way you avoid the potential for making mistakes or injuring yourself or your home. Simply put, attempting a DIY carpet install is setting yourself up for failure when you could enjoy the quality and convenience of a professionally done job.
To explain, when you attempt a DIY job, you risk ending up with carpets that have seams that show/split or that have unsightly wrinkling/ripples in them. In the same vein, outsourcing the job to the professionals guarantees your measuring is done correctly so the proper amount of flooring is ordered. If you try to do the job yourself a simple error could result in a catastrophe, when you end up short on carpet or waste your money purchasing more flooring than you need. Not to mention, without a professional estimate, you could end up severely underestimating the cost of the job causing you to overspend or worse yet not be able to afford to finish the project; and if you mess up the job due to inexperience, you will end up spending even more to remedy your mistakes. All in all, you can be sure to get the most out of your carpet with a professionally done carpet installation!
Now that you have answers to your carpet installation questions, what are you waiting for? Consider if replacing your carpet could be the right investment for your home!