Carpet Installation Company
Replacing the flooring in your home is a high-impact project, as it can instantly make your house look newer and more modern. New carpet, in particular, can instantly make your home feel cozy and welcoming. If you’re planning a carpet installation project in the coming weeks or months, our goal is to help you feel more prepared so you know exactly what to expect. Below, you’ll find our in-depth guide to carpet installation to answer all of your questions.
If you’re interested in learning more about our carpet services or you’d like to talk to someone of our flooring installation company, please don’t hesitate to call us at 770-592-8903 or contact us online and we’ll be in touch within 24 hours.
Different Types of Carpet
Before you can start planning your carpet installation project, you first need to have a better understanding of the different types of carpet available to you. The truth is, there is no shortage of options, as there are styles that come in various thicknesses and lengths.
The twist of the fiber in the carpet also plays a role in its durability and how it feels beneath your feet. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most common types of carpet so you have a better idea of what to choose for your home.
Loop Cut Carpet (LCL)
LCL carpets feature a combination of cut fibers and uncut fibers, which look like loops. The result is a patterned design that can have a geometric or abstract look. LCL carpet is a popular option with many homeowners, as it has a versatile look that can complement just about any design aesthetic.
We often recommend installing LCL carpet in high-traffic areas that might get dirtier than other areas of the home.
Do you want to add an element of luxury to your home? Consider installing velvet carpet, which features a short, uniform, and dense cut pile. Velvet carpet isn’t actually made from velvet; the name comes from the weave of the carpet, which features traditional carpet-making methods.
Velvet carpet is ideal for bedrooms and living areas, as opposed to areas with heavier foot traffic. Keep in mind that while velvet carpets are rather low maintenance, they are more prone to water stains.
Also known as the “modern shag carpet” frieze carpet is made from twisted yarns for an almost curled look. Unlike traditional shag carpet, frieze features thinner strands, for a less bulky look. Many homeowners opt to install frieze carpet because it’s extremely durable and the fibers cover the seams between the carpet panels for a more uniform look.
The long nature of the fibers makes it a bit more difficult to clean, so keep that in mind before deciding whether frieze carpet is right for you.
Textured Plush Carpet
Textured plush carpet features yarn cut at different lengths that are then laid at different angles for a textured finish. This makes it resistant to footprints and track marks, so it’s a durable option for almost any home.
Textured plush carpet is also soft, making it an ideal choice for playrooms and living rooms, where you want both softness and durability.
Another option to consider for your home is tone-on-tone carpet, which features a single color and then a pattern of another color that is in a slightly lighter or darker tone. This intentionally discolored look makes it easier to camouflage dirt, making it a great choice for high-traffic areas in your home like stairs or hallways.
Do you want to make a bold design statement in your home? Consider adding patterned carpet, which is an LCL option that features a distinct pattern such as floral designs, traditional options, contemporary patterns, and more. Patterned carpet options are beautiful and durable, so you get the best of both worlds.
Tips for Choosing the Right Carpet for Your Home
Now that you know more about the different types of carpets available to you, take some time to think about which option makes the most sense for your needs. Here are some helpful tips to help you make the best decision for your home:
- Think about who lives in your home: Before picking a carpet, think about how many people and pets live in your home and how often you’ll have people over. The more traffic your flooring gets, the more durable your carpet needs to be.
- Consider style and color: When choosing the right carpet, we recommend picking something that is timeless and classic versus trendy, so it won’t look outdated in a few years.
- Set a budget: Different types of carpet can have wildly different costs. Set a budget you’re comfortable spending to help you decide which option to choose.
Benefits of Installing New Carpet
Are you on the fence about whether it’s a good time to replace your carpet? Here are a few of the benefits you can expect to experience when adding new carpet to your home:
- Reduced noise: If you have an open floorplan, installing new carpeting can help reduce echoes so your home is less noisy.
- Improved home value: Do you plan to sell your home soon? New carpet can appeal to potential buyers, potentially increasing your home value.
- Enhanced safety: Adding new carpet to your home can provide traction in high-traffic areas, potentially reducing the risk of tripping and falling. This is especially important if you have young children or elderly adults living in your home.
- Added insulation: Thick new carpeting can give you extra insulation, helping to keep your home at a more comfortable temperature and potentially lowering your energy costs.
How to Prepare for Your Upcoming Carpet Installation
Make sure your home is prepared for your upcoming carpet installation by taking the following steps:
- Move small items: Our experts here at Ridgeline Floors will be more than happy to move large furniture items like beds and sofas before your installation. If you can move small items like lamps, electronics, and knick-knacks before your project, that will help our installers work quickly.
- Make sure there is clearance in your closets: Our installers will need about three feet of clearance on your closet floors, so clear those spaces out if possible. You shouldn’t need to move hanging items as long as we have the clearance we need.
- Clear your driveway: If possible, clear your driveway or garage area to make it easier for our crew to unload carpeting and tools to bring them into your home.
What to Expect During the Carpet Installation Process
After you’ve chosen your carpet and prepared your home, it’s time for our experts to come in and get the job done. Here’s a closer look at what you can expect during the process.
Just like there are a few things you can do to prepare your home, there are things we need to do to prepare for your project. For starters, we’ll carefully cut your new carpet, ensuring that there is the right amount for your home.
Once we arrive at your home, we’ll prepare the floor, checking for any loose nails or creaking floorboards. If we notice any issues that may impact the installation of the new carpet, we’ll take care of them now. Once the floor is ready, we’ll add the fastener strips around your home to prepare for the placement of your new carpet.
Once we have the fastener strips in place, we’ll begin unrolling your new carpet and putting it in place, laying down padding in the process. After the carpet is fully unrolled, we’ll trim it as needed, leaving a slight overlap to make the next stage of the installation easier.
Finishing the Edges
The final step is to wedge the edges of the carpet between the fastener strips and the wall. Our expert installers do this carefully to ensure a clean and seamless look around the edges of your walls and doorways.
We will also use a carpet stretcher to ensure that the end result is smooth and tight, with no air pockets in the installation. Once we finish, we’ll do a final inspection and walkthrough with you to ensure that you’re completely satisfied.
What to Expect After Your Carpet Installation
After your carpet is installed, you might notice small fluff balls or loose fibers floating around your new flooring. There’s need to worry! This is normal and usually a result of fiber tips that were removed during the manufacturing process. With regular vacuuming, you should notice that the shedding stops over time. As a good rule of thumb, we recommend vacuuming twice per week.
You might also notice an occasional snag in your carpeting, which often happens when pet nails or high heels get caught on the carpet. While your first instinct might be to pull it, this can damage your carpet. Instead, snip the snag with scissors.