How to Know if Your Carpet Has Been Properly Installed

How to Know if Your Carpet Has Been Properly Installed

by Heidi Estes, July 30, 2016

Getting carpeting installed is no small investment, so you need to make sure that the job is up to par. Installing carpeting is not always straight forward. There are some logistical issues that come into play in areas where flooring transitions into different surfaces and on stair cases.

There are a couple of things to look out for to ensure that you get exactly what you pay for.

Look out for surface folds and wrinkles. Check the surface thoroughly for areas where the carpet looks rippled or wrapped. Check the surface thoroughly for areas where the carpet looks rippled or wrapped. The installer needs to stretch and pull the carpet properly over the tracks to ensure a smooth surface. Once you installer did his job well, the wrinkle should immediately vanish under light foot pressure. If it remains, the installer did not do a perfect job.

Check the seams at boarders and walls

A good carpet installer uses adhesives, transitions strips and carpet tape among other tools to ensure that the carpet properly adheres to the wall and does not fray or unravel at the corners. If you see loose or frayed edges at doorways, baseboards, walls and different flooring, it means that the installer did not take proper precaution to secure the edges. Ask the installer to fix any unpleasant edges s you find.

Inspect the carpet for diverts and buckling

This requires you to lie on your stomach, turn on your side and inspect the carpet. Repeat the same process in another direction. A carpet that has been properly installed should have a level and smooth surface with no evidence of dips and buckles. Small dips may indicate damaged or wrapped subfloor that the installer can do nothing about. Any major inconsistencies on the carpet surface require you to call your installer to examine the problem.

Pay special attention to the stairs

Although carpeting stairs can present a few logistical issues, a qualified and experienced carpet installer should have no problem installing the carpet properly. Inspect the area of the stairs supporting the railing and where the wall meets the stairs for even and smooth edges. You should not notice any uneven edges, loose ends or gaps in these areas if the carpet has been properly installed.

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