It’s important to hire a professional installer. Carpet installation is very hard work and there are many tools and supplies needed. A qualified carpet installer will have these along with the necessary experience. Here are a few tools the installers will use during the installation.
Tack strips are slats of wood nailed to the floor around the outside edge of the area where the carpet will be installed. Each strip has angled pins sticking off the top designed to catch hold of the carpet and keep it in place, allowing it to be stretched tightly into position.
The knee-kicker is also called a carpet stretcher. It’s about a foot and a half long and has teeth at one end that grip the carpet. The installer sets the knee-kicker onto the carpet and strikes the pad at the other end with one knee. This pushes the carpet forward, stretching it into place on the pins of the tack strip.
The seam roller is a spiked cylinder with a handle. It looks a bit like a small paint roller. The installer uses this tool to press down on the seam between two pieces of carpet, attaching them to the adhesive strip underneath. This creates a tight seam which is essential to the life of the carpet, especially in high-traffic areas like doorways or stairs.
Preparing for installation
If you have old flooring that has to be removed, there may be some work involved in getting the exposed surface ready for the installation of new carpet. If your old floor was glued down or held in place with tile adhesive, this will be especially time-consuming. An experienced flooring specialist will know when the surface is ready for new flooring and may be able to help you dispose of your old flooring.
All the furniture must be moved out of the room where your new carpet is to be installed. If you have heavy items or things that require special care, it’s a good idea to hire professional movers and storage experts.
During and after installation
An adult member of your household (someone who is at least 18 years old) should be available to greet the installation crew and show them the work area. For everyone’s safety, keep children and pets away from the work area until the job is done. Feel free to ask your lead installer any questions you might have about the finished product and get recommendations for resuming the use of your newly carpeted rooms.