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What to Look for in a Quality Carpet Installation


While it may not seem particularly difficult to do, it actually takes the right tools, the right knowledge, and a fair bit of experience to properly install wall-to-wall carpeting. Most homeowners understand this fact and choose to have it done professionally. Still, there are a few things to look for when getting your carpet installed.

Superior padding – Not only is the carpet itself important, the padding installed underneath is just as important. The best carpet padding is specifically designed to enhance the comfort of walking on the carpet as well as providing a moisture barrier to protect the carpet. Good quality padding also adds a degree of insulation against heat transfer and noise.

Proper stretching – If you have ever seen carpet being installed, you will have noted the tech using his knee and a specialized tool – known as a stretcher – to fine tune the installation of a carpet. This activity is something of an art and takes some experience – and physical effort – to do well. Expect to see your installers spending most of their time getting this aspect of the job done properly.

No visible seams – It is not always possible to cover an entire room with a single piece of carpet. Instead, pieces will have to be butted up against each other which creates a seam. Expert carpet installers can do this with ease and ensure that there is no “peaking” – when the carpet is pushed too tightly together – or “gapping” – where not enough carpet is used.

Debris removal – The job does not end once the new carpet is installed. The best installation companies will also cart away the debris at no additional charge. It is no small matter as a homeowner would otherwise have to store the old carpet in the garage or outside until their next scheduled “large trash” pick-up day.

For further information on the basics of carpet installation in particular or on other flooring topics in general, please contact us at Great Western Flooring. Visit us online at www.greatwesternflooring.com or reach us directly at 630-357-3331.



Getting Carpet Installed? Look for These Things in a Top-Notch Job

maslandnyloncarpetsugarshack78309It is only prudent for any homeowner who is having wall-to-wall carpeting installed to know a thing or two about the process. This knowledge will not only ensure that they get a top notch job but also pay an affordable price. Here are a few things to watch for while your contractor completes the work:

First, examine the padding – Good quality carpet padding provides an insulating and comfortable layer between the hard sub-floor and the carpet itself. It also helps to reduce damage from moisture and provides a modicum of noise insulation. It should be at least one quarter inch thick to be most effective, but should not exceed a half inch or it will not do its job properly.

Next, watch the stretchers – Stretchers are actually a piece of equipment used by carpet installers to properly fit the carpet into a particular space. Watch the installers using these tools to get a feel for how competent and comfortable they are with their job. Installing carpet is not particularly difficult but it does take some degree of expertise and experience to do it right.

Finally, examine the seams – In any carpet installation, the seams will ultimately tell the tale of whether or not a good job has been done. If they are too far apart, the seams will be stretched and far apart. If they are pushed too close together, they will rise up in a phenomenon known as “peaking.” Both phenomena are readily identifiable even to a novice.

For more information on getting carpet installed, or on other carpet related topics, please contact us at Great Western Flooring. You can visit us online at www.greatwesternflooring.com or reach us directly at 630-357-3331.