Pre Installation

Pre-Installation of Carpet

What to know and do before your carpet is installed

You’ve learned all there is to know about carpet, shopped smart, made your best choice, and now it’s just a matter of waiting for the installers right?

You know better, of course. The next step is to be knowledgeable and prepared for the big day when the new carpeting will transform your home.

Being ready for the installation of your carpet will make the entire process go faster and more efficiently.

Knowing what to expect and being prepared will also be a lot less stressful on you, your family and your home.

Carpet installation is a skill that is developed through years of experience, so using professional installers is just plain smart. Also, understanding the basics of carpet installation will increase your knowledge of the process and enhance your confidence in the professionals working in your home. Some of these basics follow.

While seams are inevitable, it’s the professionals who excel at minimizing and hiding seams. They call on years of experience and tried and true methods.

Some carpet styles can show the placement of the seam tape more than others. This is referred to as seam peaking, and it is particularly noticeable in low cut pile and looped carpets. A seam may be excellent and considered ‘tight’ but can still be seen.

You should keep in mind that, occasionally, additional carpet must be ordered to better match patterns at the seams, which will add to the cost when transitioning to other flooring products our installers will try to match the surface heights to minimize transitions.

What to know and do before installation day.

Furniture is step one. Remove all furniture and other objects and materials from the areas to be carpeted. Our installers will move your furniture, but there may be an additional charge for doing so. If we are moving your furniture you will need to empty the contents of the furniture. We do not disconnect and reconnect electronics such as computer, TV etc.

If you prefer to remove your present floor covering, do it at least one day prior to installation to allow for cleanup and floor preparation. If removing old carpet, please leave tack strips in place and pull the staples out of the floor/or remove the glue from the original underlay.

Consider your options regarding the trim

Painted baseboards, woodwork and paint may need retouching after the installation is complete. If necessary this is your responsibility.

Be prepared with a door plan

When carpeting is installed, there is always the possibility that the interior door it is installed under may not swing freely because of the thickness of the new carpet. Some installers will remove the doors to install the carpet and then, if possible, rehang them after the installation is complete. You may need to arrange for a qualified carpenter to cut down the doors if they do not clear the new carpet after the installation.

Be clear about the clean-up

Installing new carpet will produce waste. Your installer will leave you with any sizeable scraps for future repairs if material is available.

Usually these materials are collected by your installer and left at your trash collection site. Check with your retailer before the day of installation so you’re clear about the clean up, if there are added costs to do so, and ask about the plan for carpet remnants.

What to know and do during installation day.

Installation day requires your presence

Be prepared to be at home the day of installation and be available in case the installation crew has questions. Your presence will ensure that the correct carpet is installed in the right areas. Because it is difficult to estimate the length and circumstances of each job, some installers may not be able to give you an exact time of arrival. We suggest you be flexible and keep in touch with your retailer/installers.

Keep your family safe

Your installers will use a variety of tools and techniques that can make the work area hazardous. Please make sure that your children and pets are kept out of the work area on installation day.

Don’t forget the walk-through

We recommend that, prior to the completion of the installation; you walk through the job with the chief installer. This will give you the opportunity to ask questions and be clear on any final details.

What to know and do after installation day

Be ready to clear the air.

If you are sensitive to odors, good ventilation should be established. Some of the chemicals used in the construction of carpet, as well as the adhesives or hot melt seaming tapes, can have an odor for as long as 48-72 hours after installation. So be prepared to provide the room with adequate ventilation.

Fixing post-installation problems 

Shedding is a natural part of a new carpet. Frequent vacuuming for the first few days should remove any loose fibers from the carpet’s surface.

Sprouting refers to small tufts or loops of carpet that become visible after the installation. Use a small pair of scissors to carefully trim the loose fibers flush with the surface of the carpet.

Finally, if wrinkles or ripples appear in the carpet, it may be necessary to re-stretch the carpet. Please contact us to have this done professionally.

Preparation is the key

We want you to be as knowledgeable and well prepared as possible for the installation of your new carpet. It will make that day easier on you and your home and provide you with an enjoyable floor covering experience for years to come.

Pre-Installation of Vinyl and Resilient Flooring

Life would be so much easier if we all had magicians in the family. You know —  someone who could levitate the furniture while rolling out our new vinyl flooring and then, with a mere wiggle of the nose, the job would be done!  We all know it’s not that easy and it can be stressful.  But knowledge is power.  Here’s our list of what you can expect before, during and after installation.

The No-Stress Pro

Sure your ex-girlfriend’s brother’s uncle can do this for you wholesale, but trust a retailer to recommend a professional to install your new flooring.  It’s not an easy process.  In fact, even the best Do-It-Yourselfers should resist the urge.

The Shape of Your Substrate

The surface on which the vinyl flooring will be laid is called the substrate.  Are you installing over wood, concrete or old vinyl?  Each has its own special preparation.  Your substrate may require an underlayment.  An underlayment will add height to your floor and may affect your appliances and counters.

In order for your warranty to be upheld, many manufacturers require moisture testing if you are installing vinyl over concrete.  Make sure your installer can do this for you.

And if you are still thinking about doing this yourself, only a true professional will be able to tell if you can install your new vinyl over your old vinyl. Be sure to ask.

How’s your sub-floor?

Your existing sub-floor may need to be prepared to receive the vinyl flooring, or a new sub-floor may be required.  We suggest you discuss this with a professional and, if sub-floor work is necessary, that it be done by qualified professionals.  It is important that the sub-floor be as clean and level as possible.  That helps ensure your new vinyl flooring will be beautiful and well supported.

Installation Methods

There are three methods used to install vinyl flooring depending on the manufacturer and the style:

  • Full Spread means the adhesive is troweled over the entire substrate.
  • Perimeter Adhered means the adhesive is only applied to the outside edges of the flooring and at the seams.
  • Floating flooring is not bonded to the substrate by any adhesive.

Before the Big Day

Call a friend, hire a team, do whatever you need to do, but make sure you remove furniture and other “stuff” from the room in which your new vinyl flooring will be installed.  You probably don’t want installers handling your precious things — and they may charge you extra for the opportunity.

If you have gas appliances, contact the Gas Company about safely disconnecting and reconnecting these pieces.  Ask your retailer about disconnecting and reconnecting such items as ice-makers, stereo equipment and computers; and the removal of heavy items like pianos.

Also, consult with your retailer to determine if you will be charged to have your toilet moved out and replaced if your are putting new flooring in your bathroom. If they can’t do it, you may need a plumber.

Good Temperature

The area of installation must be climate controlled (heated or air conditioned).  Indoor humidity should be maintained between 45-65%.

The Old Flooring

Will your new flooring be installed over your existing floor covering, or do you want your existing floors or carpets removed before the new one is put in?  Removal of old flooring or carpeting can be time consuming — and someone has to haul it away and dispose of it responsibly.  Be sure to discuss the situation with your installer and assume that at least one day will be spent on removal, cleanup and preparation.

Choose a Trim

Do you want to keep what you have or go with something new?  Be sure to discuss this with your retailer or installer, who may charge extra for removal and re-installation.  Painted baseboards, woodwork and paint may need retouching after the installation is complete.  If necessary, this is your responsibility.

Doors

Interior doors often have space at the bottom to accommodate new flooring. If yours do, then you’re good to go.  If yours don’t — or they’re cut for something lower than the floor you’re installing, you may need a qualified carpenter to cut or shave the bottom of each affected door.  Check with your installer about their door policy.

Clean Up

Vinyl flooring installation results in lots of trash — old carpets or floors, plastic wrapping, vinyl off-cuts.  Talk to your retailer or installer about his or her clean up policy — and what is done with remnants.  You may want to save some leftover pieces of vinyl for future repairs “just in case.”

Take A Day Off (if you can)

It’s a good idea to be home on the day your new floor is installed.  Inevitably, questions will be asked.  Decisions will need to be made.  And nobody has an eye for the details of your home like you do.

Watch From A Distance

Razor blades and stringy glue can make your vinyl installation area hazardous to the health of your children and pets.  Find a comfortable space in another room or outdoors while the work is taking place.

Conduct A Walk-Through

Before your installer leaves, walk through the installation area together to ensure that every last detail meets or exceeds your expectations.  Ask questions and make sure that you “approve” of both the product and the installation before making your final payment.

After the Install

  • For a minimum of 24 hours after your new vinyl floor is installed, don’t walk on the seamed areas.
  • To allow the adhesives to setup properly, keep the room at 20°C or greater for at least 2 days.
  • Ventilate the area well for 48 to 72 hours.

 

  • Full Spread Method: Do not replace your appliances for a minimum of 24-72 hours after installation. Light foot traffic is allowed after 24 hours.
  • Perimeter Adhered Method: Do not replace your appliances for a minimum 24-72 hours after installation. Light foot traffic is allowed after 24 hours.
  • Floating Method: Appliances can be replaced and foot traffic is fine immediately following installation.

Final Tips

  • Don’t rely on furniture or appliance wheels and don’t drag your appliances back in place over your new floor! Lay down a piece of thin plywood and move the appliance over the floor on the wood, or use furniture sliders made specifically for this purpose. It will save you a lot of tears.
  • Don’t mop your floor for about five days. The adhesives need time to cure.
  • Protect your vinyl floor by covering the bottom of the legs of furniture with felt pads, if you have chairs or furniture with castors you must place a protective mat mat under these to protect your vinyl flooring. Do not use rubber or latex backed mats as the materials may damage your vinyl flooring.

The hard part is over. It’s time to relax and enjoy your new floor.

Pre-Installation of Floating Timber Floors

Know what to expect and do before installation day.

Be prepared. We want you to know what to do, and know what to expect, on that special day when the crew shows up to install your beautiful new hardwood floor. Being prepared will make the entire process go faster, more efficiently and hopefully eliminate any surprises. Knowing what to expect will also be a lot less stressful on you, your family and your home.

Our first advice is in the form of a question.

Installing this type of floor can be difficult, exacting and detailed. Why would you have anyone but a seasoned, dedicated professional install it? That way you can be assured of a beautiful, efficient and correct installation.

Floating flooring on a bed of padding. With the floating installation method the floor is not mechanically fastened to any part of the sub-floor. A thin pad is placed between the wood flooring and the sub-floor. Then a recommended wood glue is applied in the tongue and groove of each plank to hold the planks together. In some cases the floor will have interlocking ends and edges and no adhesives will be required. The padding has its advantages: it protects against moisture, reduces noise transmission, is softer under foot, and provides for some additional “R” value. Some Engineered floors and all Long-strip floors can be floated. This is a very fast, easy and clean method of installing your floor.

What to know and do before installation day:

Work on your furniture first.

Remove all furniture and other objects and materials from the areas where the installation will take place. Some installers will move your furniture, but there may be an additional charge for doing so. Before moving, you’ll also need to empty the contents of china cabinets, closets and the like. Be aware that the area of installation must be climate controlled (heated or air conditioned). Indoor humidity should be maintained between 45-65%.

Now turn your attention to the old floor covering.

Please consider how your old floor covering will be taken up and disposed of. This can be a time consuming task. We recommend that you check with the installer or retailer about the cost and the method of disposal. If you prefer to remove your present floor covering, do it at least one day prior to arrival of your hardwood product to allow for cleanup and floor preparation. If removing old carpet, please pull the staples out of the floor/or remove the glue from the original pad and remove the “smooth edge” from the perimeter of the room.

Have a plan in mind regarding your trim.

You should know that shoe molding and quarter round needs to be removed for hardwood installation. Your installer may do this but at an additional charge and they will not be responsible for damage or breakage due to dry or brittle wood. Painted baseboards, woodwork and paint may need retouching after the installation is complete. If necessary, this is your responsibility.

The next subject: sub-flooring.

Your existing sub-floor may need to be prepared to receive the hardwood, or a new sub-floor may be required. We suggest you discuss this with us and, if sub-floor work is necessary, that it be done by qualified professionals. It is important that the sub-floor be as clean and level as possible.

Doors require special consideration.

When hardwood is installed, there’s always the possibility that the doors, especially closet doors, basement and bedroom doors, may not clear the new hardwood and swing free.

Some installers will remove doors in order to install the hardwood and re-hang them if possible. They won’t shave or cut down doors to ensure clearance. If you would like our assistance in arranging for a qualified carpenter to provide this service after the installation of your new hardwood floor please discuss this with your salesperson.

Be clear about the clean-up.

Installing new hardwood will produce waste. Usually these materials are collected by your installer and left at your trash collection site. Your installer will leave for you a partial box of material to be used for future repairs if necessary.

What to know and do during installation day:

You need to be home on installation day.

Be prepared to be at home or available by phone the day of installation. Because it is difficult to estimate the length and circumstances of each job, we may not be able to give you an exact time of your installers arrival.

Your safety is our concern.

Your installers will use a variety of tools and techniques that can make the work area hazardous. Please make sure that your children and pets are kept out of the work area on installation day.

What to know and do after installation day:

Give your lungs a break.

If you are sensitive to dust and odors, good ventilation should be established for 48 to 72 hours after installation. Being prepared for installation day through careful planning and smart preparing will make your life and the installers a lot easier. It will also make your hardwood flooring experience beautiful and enjoyable right from day one.