Carpet installation is the process of laying the carpet on the floor. Easier say than done, this job is always advisable to be done by a professional, especially for large project like laying a large carpet. For a large carpet to be installed well it has to be stretch properly and there are many knotty gritty details to look out for.

If you insist on doing the carpet installation on your own, these are the things that you should look out for.
1. For even wear, the floor has to be perfectly clean and smooth. All loose floorboards must be fixed, planed or covered with plywood. All solid floors must also be level and dry.

2. With a rough solid floor, you can use a floor leveling compound to level it. With an even wooden floor, should cover it with sheets of plywood or hardboard, nail or stapled to the floorboards.

3. Before installing the carpet, leave them unwrapped for 24 hours to adjust to the temperature and humidity of the room – this will ensure a better fit when you lay them on the floor.

When installing carpet tiles, these are the things to look out for:

1. When laying carpet tiles, calculated and measure the length and width of the room at its widest point and divided it by the tile size to find out how many tiles you need in the longest row. Remember to count any part tiles as whole tiles and to buy 10 percent extra to factor in for mistake in cutting, fitting or replacement.

2. It is highly likely that the carpet tiles to not fit the room exactly. Lay the carpet from the center of the floor outwards to the walls so that any part tiles end up around the edges.

3. To cut a carpet tile, a cutting board, a sharp cutting knife and preferably a steel ruler is required. Always cut the carpet tile from the back of the tile. Make one firm careful stroke, then bend and cut the tile along the cutting line. If the knife gets covered with the tile backing and becomes sticky, clean it with a cloth and mineral spirits to keep it sharp.

Carpet installation is not an easy task and should be left for a professional whenever possible, especially so if you want complicated carpet flooring designs to spice up your room. Professional carpet installers also have the proper tools to power stretched your carpets so wrinkling and rippling will be minimized. Nevertheless, if you choose to do-it-yourself, there will certainly be a sense of accomplishment when the job is done properly.

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