All about carpet installation
Congratulations on your new carpet from Speers Road Broadloom! We're sure you're eagerly awaiting its installation. This quick guide will help prepare you for installation day and will help you know exactly what to expect.
Common carpet installation tools
If you watch the carpet installation process, there are a few different tools you'll see:
Tack strips are slats of wood nailed to the floor around the outside edge of the area where the carpet will be installed. Each strip has angled pins sticking off the top designed to catch hold of the carpet and keep it in place, allowing it to be stretched tight into position.
The knee kicker is also called the carpet stretcher. It has teeth at one end that grip the carpet. The installer sets the kicker onto the carpet and strikes the pad at the other end with one knee. This pushes the carpet forward, stretching it into place on the pins of the tack strip.
The seam roller is a spiked cylinder with a handle that looks a bit like a small paint roller. The installer uses this tool to press down on the seam between two pieces of carpet, attaching them to the adhesive strip underneath. This creates a tight seam which is essential to the life of the carpet, especially in high-traffic areas like doorways or stairs.
During your carpet installation
A member of your household who is at least 18 or older should be available to greet the installation crew and show them to the work area. For everyone’s safety and to help the project go smoothly, keep children and pets away from the work area until the job is done. Feel free to ask your lead installer any questions you might have about the finished product. If you'd like to learn more about carpet installation, be sure to contact us today.