How To Tell That You Need The Services Of A Carpet Installer
Once you purchase a carpet that suits your needs, you need to decide whether you can do the carpet installation on your own or whether you need the services of a professional carpet installer. Your carpet is one of the most important parts of your décor and its installation can either accentuate your room or ruin the overall theme that you were aiming for. This guide will help you determine whether you need a professional carpet installer or not.
You do not have specialty carpet installation tools
Proper carpet installation requires a number of specialty tools. Even the most passionate DIY enthusiast will find it difficult to locate these tools in their well-stocked tool box. Some of the tools that you need include a carpet knife, duck bill nipping shears, a knee kick, a notched trowel, a staple gun (and some specialty staples), a carpet steam roller, and a stair tool if your carpeting area includes a staircase. This list is far from exhaustive; you will still need dozens of more tools. Different carpet materials and flooring materials also require specialized tools.
And even if you opt to hire these tools, you might end up using the wrong tool for your carpet fabric or flooring material. Professional carpet installers come with specialized tools for your carpet and house type. It is much more convenient to hire professional installers rather than take the risk of using the wrong tools for the job.
For warranty purposes
Carpets are a significant investment and most are quite highly priced. It is, therefore, important for you to purchase a carpet that comes with a comprehensive warranty. Most carpet suppliers will consider the warranty to be voided if you do not engage the services of a certified carpet installer. If you want to maintain the validity of your warranty, always hire CFI (Certified Flooring Installer) carpet installers. Depending on your state, there may be additional certifications that you installer has to meet to ensure that your warranty does not get voided.
You are carpeting multiple Rooms
If you are dealing with a single (preferably small) room, then you can take a risk and try to do it yourself. When working with a single room, you are not dealing with a large carpet size. And if you bought one of the more reasonably priced carpet options, then if you make a mistake the financial cost is minimized. However, if your carpeting job is more large scale, and involves multiple rooms, then any mistake you make could prove quite costly. Larger carpeting jobs require professional attention to ensure that you get it right the first time and avoid any costly repeat jobs.
You are not DIY inclined
In theory, with the right tools, and a good guide, you can handle your own carpet installation. However, not everyone is DIY inclined. Professional carpet installation is generally not that expensive, and for your convenience, you will be in safer hands if you chose to work with professionals. There are numerous EPA and safety regulations that you need to adhere to, and to avoid the hassle, get professional installers that are aware of all the regulatory guidelines they have to follow.
Your flooring and sub-flooring material
Different carpet fabrics require different installation techniques. Some fabrics can be nailed/screwed down while others require adhesives. If you are not sure about your sub flooring material, and which installation types will fit your flooring material, then you need to contract a professional carpet installer. Using the wrong carpet installation tools and/or techniques can cause lasting damage on your flooring or sub-flooring materials which will not only require you to re-do your carpeting job, but also bring the additional cost of re-laying your floor. To avoid such costs, then you should work with professional carpet installers who have experience working with different flooring and sub-flooring materials.
If you want a professional finish
One of the inevitabilities of carpet installation is that there will always be seams. Seams are the areas where two different pieces of carpet are meeting. If you want your room’s carpet to seem continuous (and you should), then you need to work with a professional installer who knows how to ‘hide’ the seams to avoid a ‘broken’ look. Some carpet grains are particularly challenging when it comes to creating ‘invisible’ seams and despite your DIY experience, you might not be up to the task. Transitions are the places where your carpeting ends and the flooring material continues. To ensure that your carpeting is long lasting, you need to get a professional who knows how to position your transitions and hold the carpet down so that it retains its shape for a long time.
So, do you think you need a carpet installer? If you’re unsure, then chances are that you most likely do!