Preparing Your Home for the Arrival of Your New Carpet
Owning a home is all about being prepared. And the arrival of new carpet is no exception.
Southern Woods is here for you every step of the way! Being prepared for carpet installation will make the entire process go faster and more efficiently.
Carpet Installation Professionals
Carpet installation is a skill that is acquired through years of flooring experience, so hiring professional carpet installers, such as Southern Woods, is just plain smart.
Understanding the basics of carpet installation gives you the knowledge to hold us to the highest quality that is offered. Southern Woods wants you to be as proud of your floors as we are installing them.
Professional carpet installers use a seaming diagram as their “blueprint”
This indicates the overall layout of the carpet, the correct placement of seams and transitions, and aids them in the preparation and cutting of the carpet.
Flooring professionals understand the fine art of carpet seaming
While carpet seams are unavoidable, we excel at minimizing and hiding seams. This requires years of carpet installation experience and tried and true flooring industry methods. Case in point: we place seams away from areas subjected to pivoting traffic, and we do not run seams perpendicular to doorway openings.
Keep in mind that, occasionally, additional carpet must be ordered to better match patterns at the seams.
We do our very best to guarantee a smooth transition.
When two different flooring products encounter – say, carpeting and a hardwood floor – it’s called a transition. Southern Woods matches the surface heights of various flooring products to minimize the transitions. It is a good idea to review transitions with your sales representative during your free estimate.
What to Know and Do Before Carpet Installation Day
Relocation of furniture
Removal of all furniture, objects, and materials from the areas to be carpeted is required. If included in your quote, we can move large furniture pieces from the new floor space and move it all back into place after installation. Before installation, you’ll be responsible for emptying the contents of china cabinets and closets and removing breakables, knickknacks, and electronics to prevent damage.
What’s to be done with your present floor covering?
Please consider how your old flooring material will be taken up and disposed of. This can be a time-consuming and messy job. Discuss our removal and disposal service with your associate when we develop your quote.
If you prefer to remove your present flooring yourself, do it at least one day prior to carpet installation to allow for cleanup and floor preparation. If removing old carpet, please leave tack strips in place and pull the staples out of the floor from the original pad.
Now turn your attention to the trim
You should know that, in many situations, shoe moldings must be removed for carpet installation. Southern Woods will do this at an additional charge, but will not be responsible for damage or breakage due to dry or brittle wood.
We are flooring experts; if touch up paint on woodwork or baseboards is needed you’ll need to reach out to a friendly painting professional to help you with these minor and industry expected items.
Get Expert Advice on Your Subflooring
While typically not necessary for carpet installations, your pre-existing subfloor may need to be prepared to receive the new carpet installation, or a new subfloor may be needed. Southern Woods is equipped to help with most subflooring preparation work and these details can be discussed with you!