Carpets need to be replaced every once in a while, whether it is because they are old and worn out or you simply don’t like the appearance of the carpet in your home. But who installs carpets?

Carpets are installed by professionals typically known as Carpet Installers or Carpet Layers. They may work alone or with a group. They sometimes work directly with carpet retailers but can also work independently. Having a carpet installed by a professional often preserves the carpet’s warranty.

While going through the process of buying and installing a new set of carpets, it is important that you pay attention to each of the details. This can help you avoid unnecessary costs and protect you from dealing with the results of poor workmanship. In this post, we have included a brief summary of some of the things you might encounter throughout the carpet installation process and tips to make the process easier for you.

Here at Carpet One, we believe in flawless execution every step of the way, so our work continues even after you’ve left the store. We guarantee the quality of workmanship and that everything aligns with the standards set by the home and flooring industry. We stand by our work with installation warranties. 

If you decide to have your floors installed by us, we will take care of everything for you. Learn more here.

What Is A Person Who Installs Carpet Called?

While it seems easy to put a carpet down, the process can be more complicated than it might seem. It is best that you hire a professional to install the carpet for you to ensure that it will be done properly. 

A professional carpet installer can avoid many of the issues that can bog down inexperienced carpet layers. A professional carpet installer is experienced in how to properly size carpets for different-shaped rooms, what types of padding to use, and how to avoid damage during installation, among other things.

Professionals who work to install carpets are most commonly known as Carpet Installers or Carpet Layers. Less common titles are Floor Coverer, Floor Covering Installers, and Flooring Installer. When looking for someone to install your carpet, keep your eyes open for one of these titles.

For those who don’t have carpet explicitly in their job title, you may need to get more information. For example, a Floor Coverer could have a lot of experience working with wood floors, but almost no experience with carpets.

There aren’t many other people who will install carpet. Some construction contractors may attempt it on their own, and you could always try and install the carpet yourself, but the most reliable option is to find one of these carpet installation experts to do it for you.

How To Find Someone To Install Your Carpet

When working with professionals, especially in fields related to construction, you want to find someone who is going to do a good job. While it is tempting to take the cheapest offer that you can find, this may end up costing you more money in the long run. After all, the carpet itself will be the most expensive part of this process, but the next most expensive part will be the cost of installing the carpet. If you pay for someone to install the carpet and they do it poorly or incorrectly, you may have to pay to have someone else come and fix your carpet.

Improper installation can lower the lifespan of your carpet as well, which means you will be paying for a new carpet sooner than you would like.

To avoid potential issues like these you will want to find a carpet installer that meets several of the following criteria.

High Level of Experience

How long has this carpet installer been working in the field? Someone who has worked for 20 years may be a better choice than someone who has only 2 years of experience.

Do they have any additional training or certifications? There isn’t a set type of training that Carpet Installers have to undergo, so those installers who have continued to seek out training and are familiar with current trends tend to be more reliable.

What Do Other Customers Have To Say About Them?

In a situation like this where you will be using the carpet for several years, you want to hear from other people who have had work done by this professional. Those who have had their carpet for several years may have noticed issues that you might not notice while glancing over their work as they pack up their tools.

On the other hand, you also want to know what praise customers have offered to this installer. Do they work quickly? Maybe they clean up their messes or regularly make accommodations for their customers. Ideally, you want to find a carpet installer that has many customer reviews and has more positive than negative interactions with said customers.

Who Do The Installers Work For?

Another thing to look for is who employs these Carpet Installers. Some installers work for a company that specializes in this type of work. For companies like this, you should check to see how long they have been in business and what customers say about them.

Other professionals may be independent contractors. While these people can still do the work, you will want to be extremely careful. Ask if they have a place where customer experiences are recorded. When working independently, these installers may be more difficult to coordinate times to meet for quotes and installations. There is a good chance that you will be unable to contact them after they complete the work if there are any issues.

The most reliable type of installer is one that works directly with the carpet supplier. In this case, the whole experience from buying a carpet to getting it installed is one seamless process.

At Carpet One, each of our stores has an experienced team of carpet installers. This allows us to be with you every step of this process from choosing your carpet to getting an installation quote, to the final installation.

How Much Does It Cost To Have Carpet Installed?

The cost of carpet installation depends on several factors. Each of these factors will vary depending on your needs and where you are living. The first cost is that of the carpet. The price of carpet tends to fall between $20 and $90 per meter. Then you have the cost of labour which typically includes the laying of the underlay and the carpet.

If the job calls for replacing an old carpet, carpet installers will typically charge more to remove and dispose of old carpets than they will if they are installing the carpet on a blank floor.

All furniture must be removed from the room that needs carpeting so this is another cost to consider. Installers usually charge a fee to move the furniture out of the room and put it back in after the new carpet is installed.

Is It Cheaper To Install Your Own Carpet?

You might be considering installing the carpet yourself to save money. But carpet installation might have more steps than you have thought about.

The first thing you need to consider is how you are going to get the carpet to your home. If installing the carpet through a professional, they may bring the carpet with them. If doing it by yourself, you might end up hauling the carpet on your own, which can be quite a handful.

Another thing to consider is the cost of tools. You need specialized tools to install the carpet. Unless you were a carpet installer before, it is unlikely that you have these tools lying around so you have to buy them. However, once the carpet is installed it could sit in your garage for years collecting dust, considering that they aren’t useful for any other household projects.

The cost of disposing of an old carpet and mats can also get surprisingly pricy. While you can certainly install the carpet yourself, it will take much longer to complete the installation and there is a lot less leeway in terms of the carpet living out its expected lifespan.

What Are The Different Types Of Carpet Warranty?

When browsing through different carpets, you might have heard about a carpet warranty. You might be wondering what this is or what it covers. A carpet warranty can be offered by a carpet manufacturer or a carpet retailer. The primary reason that these companies will do this is to make their products more attractive to prospective buyers. While going through this process, you might hear about several different carpet warranties. Here is a list of all the different types of carpet warranties you might encounter.

  • 1
    Wear Warranty
  • 2
    Stain and/or Soil Warranty
  • 3
    Appearance Warranty
  • 4
    Matting and Crushing Warranty
  • 5
    Fade Resistance Warranty
  • 6
    Carpet Installation Warranty
  • 7
    Carpet Dealer’s Warranty

Now, you might encounter other things that are similar to a warranty or maybe a promotion through the retailer. However, these are the types of warranties that you will be most likely to see while buying and installing a carpet.

When it comes to warranties, it can be dangerous to assume one size fits all. All warranties are different, and it’s important that you understand what your warranty does, and does not, include before you make your flooring purchase if you want to ensure you’re well covered for your needs. If you are buying carpet ensure you understand the warranty, here is a great article – 5 questions to ask about your warranty before you purchase.

What Do Carpet Warranties Cover?

Carpet warranties were originally offered as a promotional device to attract more customers. They have become more common over the years, but you should not just rely on a warranty alone. Warranties can come in bundles of pages that you may not be able to read.  

Here is a good summary of warranties on our website and what you need to know. Follow the link for more.

Wear Warranty

This is the most common type of warranty. This warranty guarantees the product from wear and tear. It typically comes with a range of exclusions so be sure to read the fine print . The warranty generally only covers the affected area as well which can leave you with an odd fit between two sides of a room, one old and one new.

Stain and Soil Resistance Warranty

Carpets that are advertised as stain and/or soil resistant will usually carry this warranty. 

It is also important to understand the difference betwen staining and soiling. Staining is a result of a product coming in contact with the carpet and transferiing its colour. Common expectations of this warranty are stains caused by coffee, wine, urine, and other stains.Soiling on the other hand is like the result of residue (from a cleaning product or from oils in our skin) transferred to carpet fibres which in turn acts as magnets to dirt.

Manufacturers sometimes separate staining and soiling in their warranties offering different lengths of warranty for each. Be sure to read the fine print so you know the list of exlusions, what exactly you’re covered for, and for how long.

Fade Resistance Warranty

Some carpets are backed with fade resistance warranty to protect against colour fading. Our Desire Collection has UV resistance to protect against fading caused by sun exposure. Be aware of the terms and conditions around light exposure and any exclusions for carpet use.

Odour Resistance Warranty

If you have pets or live in a smaller space and cooking odours might be a concern, carpets with odour resistance warranty may be relevant for you. Be aware of the duration, type and quality of odour resistance, and any special cleaning requirements to maintain the warranty. 

Carpet One’s Desire Carpet Collection comes with an exclusive Active 8 Treatment that helps neutralise pet and household odours.

Pet Warranty

Some carpets now even come with a specific pet guarantees to protect against the wear, tear, soiling and odour associated with having pets. The Ecoplus carpet collection for example offers lifetime pet guarantee for owner-occupier domestic use. Other things you need to be aware of for this type of warranty are the usage requirements, the type of wear and tear, and any special cleaning or care requirements.

More about warranties

There are also many opportunities for businesses and suppliers to slip out of the warranty agreement. The best course of action for you is not to rely on the warranty alone, but to look at other customers’ experiences. Look and see whether the carpet retailer has been receptive to customers’ concerns or if they have a good customer support department.

Another thing to keep an eye on is how the company has handled warranty claims in the past. If they are lacking in this area, there is a good chance that this will be your experience if you encounter any issues during any part of this process.

While doing this, you will also want to be familiar with the different things that these warranties will cover. Keep in mind that some of these are very specific to certain issues. Also, look for anything that will void this warranty. Common universal things that void warranties are the carpet not being cleaned every 1 to 2 years and the carpet not being installed by a trained carpet installer.

What about Underlay?

There are so many technical aspects to carpet installation that we always recommend your floors are installed by an expert.

For example did you know there is a hidden but crucial component of the flooring system? When most people think of flooring, they only think of the visible surface they walk on. In reality, the flooring system is made of layers which typically include the floor surface or covering (carpet, vinyl, etc.), the underlay, the subfloor, and the joists. Each layer is essential to the floor’s function. Underlay is a thin material that rests between the floor covering and the subfloor and it’s really important to get the right underlay for your carpet, find out more here.

Can you install carpet over tiled floors?

The short answer is yes! You *can* install carpet over tiled floors. However, it is not a completely straight forward process and there are a few important considerations to bear in mind when it comes to avoiding common pitfalls. 

For instance, you can’t just lay a carpet over a broken or hollow-sounding tiles or when you there is unusually wide and deep grouting in between tiles as in the case of terra cota tiles in an enclosed patio area. 

Installing carpet over tiled floors is definitely a job for professional installers too – keen and green DIY amateurs should not try this at home.
Head to this link for a more information about installing carpet over tiles.

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