Installing a carpet in our houses can be expensive, and we are often unsure that it’s the best option. But once we decide what it’s worth, there are some things we must know before proceeding with the installation. I wrote this post to help you better understand the installation process.
The time spent installing a carpet depends on many variables, from the experience and team’s size to the type of carpet installed. There isn’t such a thing as a one-size-fits-all answer to the question, but an estimated answer would be that a team can install 14 yards (around 15 meters) per hour.
What You Need to do Before the Installation
Installing a carpet isn’t something that happens on one single day. It’ll take some steps to prepare your home to receive the carpet flooring properly.
Preparing the floor to get the carpet is as important as the process of installing the carpet itself. Removing the furniture from the room is one step that can save a lot of time from the installation process.
1. Remove the Furniture
To proceed with the carpet installation, the room must not have any furniture on it. The installers are used to move furniture and to do the heavy lifting. But you can do it by yourself too. It will save hours and make the installation process smaller.
If you decide to use the help of the installers to move your furniture, you still need to be around to give the guidelines for them. It’s still up to you where the furniture will be transferred to, avoiding damage and time loss.
There is some furniture that if you have, you’ll probably need to make a plan on how to carpet the room despite it. For example, if you have a piano, water beds, pool tables, TV cable connected, or any other electronics, this will likely be the case.
2. Examine your Door
Once you decide to install a carpet, you’ll need to think about the space between it and the door. If the door doesn’t have the proper height, your new carpet will rub on it and get damaged.
If this is the case, you’ll need to cut your door to make it fit perfectly with your carpet. This is something you may discuss with the installer beforehand to ensure the best result possible.
3. Wall and molding paints
The back of the carpet can damage the paint of walls and moldings. Installers are always concerned about and try to avoid, but it’s not always possible. When this happens, the best solution is to give a touch-up paint.
4. Pull up old carpet
Pulling up the old carpet is an essential step to install a new one. This is important not only to make the process easier but to save money. Each square yard you remove will save you $2.
If your floor is squeaky, or if it has any pet damage – urine – you can treat it by painting or using the proper chemicals to eliminate the smell when pulling up the old carpet.
When doing this by yourself, the most important thing is to make sure you have all the staples hammered down until they are flat on the floor. This is important because when you lay the new carpet you won’t notice the flattened staples on the floor.
If you’re not pulling up the old carpet by yourself, you should inform the installers about squeaky floors or any other floor damage. This is important so both of you can come up with a plan for solving the issues.
How Long Does it Take to Install a Carpet?
Once all the planning and preparation are done, the real work begins. Every different company will estimate a different time, but we’ll talk here about the average time.
The project size, furniture removal, amount of carpet needed, room size, size of the team and its efficiency, old flooring rip-up are factors that directly affect the time taken to do a carpet installation. But the average is to install 14 meters (15 yards) per hour.
INSTALLING CARPET ON A STAIR
The time needed for this type of installation is on the same average as the carpet installation in a room.
The 4 steps you need to take to prepare should be counted on the time of the installation. For example, if you’re installing a carpet in a room that’s 12-by-12 feet you’ll probably need one day to prepare and another day to proceed with the installation.
It’s important to mention that you won’t be able to use the room from the day you start the preparation, so you should plan for that as well.
Once the carpet installation is over, there isn’t much work to do. It’s common to only need to replace the baseboards and return the furniture. This can be done within just a few hours.
After the installation maybe you’ll notice a fresh smell from the carpet or an odor from the glue. They will eventually disappear, but you can shorten the time they do this by opening windows and allowing fresh air in.
THE ROOM TEMPERATURE
The temperature of the room should be between 65 and 80F 48 hours before and after the installation.
I made this infographic to make it easier for you to estimate the time the installation will take based on the average size of an American house and the average time spent to lay per meter I shared on this post.
1 meter is equal to 3.28 feet or 1.09 yards.
Installing a carpet takes a lot of steps before the day of installation. Choosing the installer, choosing the perfect carpet, and preparing the room are just some of the steps you’ll need to take in this process.
Remember that time spent preparing for the installation is time you save when it happens. There are many details to make the installation a success and you’ll want to go through them all to save time and money.
It’s also worth mentioning that you should plan on how you’ll take care of your carpet after it’s installed since it’s expensive and you probably want to maintain it for the longest time possible.
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