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New Carpet...what am I checking for?

They will be here soon to install new carpet in both bedrooms and the hall.

They will have to seam in both bedrooms. Once they are finished, what should I be looking for to determine if they did a good job or not?

 
Jademom07

Asked by Jademom07 at 9:48 AM on Dec. 31, 2010 in Home & Garden

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  • Make sure you can not see the seems, make sure the tack strip is not loose (this is around the edges of the wall...tap on it with your foot and if you can hear it tapping it is loose and you do not want it coming from the wall), and that the padding is smooth and even...you do not want to feel any low spots or holes under the carpet, make sure they did not scratch your baseboards, and if you pinch it make sure it is not loose or you can pull it up like 2 -3 inches or more then it is not installed right..they did not pull it enough. A little tiny bit is ok but you really want it tight. :)
    Momforhealth

    Answer by Momforhealth at 9:56 AM on Dec. 31, 2010

  • Don't check after...check BEFORE. Make absolutely certain that they will be installing the carpet using a full-size power stretcher and NOT knee-kickers only (which is a shortcut many installers take). There are other facets of installation that contribute to the quality that will be difficult for you to check, but here they are anyway--making sure that the proper padding/cushion is being installed, particularly if you are paying for an "upgrade" (lots of times, they'll just install the cheap stuff anyway), & ensuring that the installers know how to close a seam properly and that they will use quality sealant so that it doesn't fall apart in a couple of years.
    The best tip I can give you is that hopefully you went with a reputable company who will offer a minimum 3-year warranty and actually stand behind it. So many places now only offer 1 year warranties which are basically worthless as much of the time when --cont'd
    vicesix

    Answer by vicesix at 9:53 AM on Dec. 31, 2010

  • the carpet isn't properly installed, it can take a couple of years before the ripples (due to looseness from not being correctly power stretched) show up, and by then it's too late. Paying for a company to restretch it is rather pricey, so it always pays to make sure that it's being done right the first time.
    ASK ABOUT THE POWER STRETCHING and don't let them tell you it doesn't need to be done that way!
    vicesix

    Answer by vicesix at 9:54 AM on Dec. 31, 2010

  • P.S. A thicker padding under your carpet will help the carpet last longer. You want a 5 yr warranty or longer otherwise the quality of the carpet itself may not hold up. If you can touch the carpet and pinch it with your fingers as you pull up and you get fuzz in your fingers it will wear more quickly.
    Momforhealth

    Answer by Momforhealth at 10:01 AM on Dec. 31, 2010

  • What everyone else said!
    twinsplus2more

    Answer by twinsplus2more at 11:52 AM on Dec. 31, 2010