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"I want a new carpet and installation after water damage"

I need to have my old water damaged carpeting removed and need a new carpet and installation. I'd like some advice on the price of carpet and suggestions on where to buy carpet.

wanted by: jheyun (49) in Boston, MA 02114 +
updated on: Oct. 1, 2011, 11:43 a.m. (7 years, 10 months ago)
posted on: Feb. 7, 2011, 5:57 p.m. (8 years, 6 months ago)
tags: carpet flood home improvement water damage
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Questions to ask a carpet install company

As a long time homeowner, I have dealt with carpet installers a few times for various projects around my home. Personally, I've had more good experiences than bad, but a lot of that is because I am now an experienced consumer of carpet installs!

Here are some of my top questions to ask a carpet installer before you hire them:
  1. Does the carpet they plan to install have a warranty? If so, ask for the details of it and ask if there are other, similarly priced carpets which might have a better warranty.

  2. Do they offer a written guarantee for the carpet, carpet pad and installation? Typical problems: loose at edges, frayed or separated seams, wrinkles in carpet field from improper stretching, carpet failure.

  3. professional carpet stretcher and knee kicker (the blue device)Carpet stretcher and knee kicker
  4. Do they use a power or professional stretcher? Power stretcher costs more to acquire, but do a much better job than the manual knee kicker stretchers.

  5. Where will they locate the seams? Seams in high traffic areas can fray and separate making the overall install look shabby.

  6. Does their quoted prices include everything? Carpet, pad, the trims at the area where carpet meets non-carpeted floor, metal stripping at door thresholds, removal and disposal of the old carpet and pad.

  7. Is there an extra charge for moving furniture out of the way? Will they move furniture around or do they expect the room to be cleared before they get there?

  8. Are they licensed in your state of residence? They should be. Check the Better Business Bureau and the state licensing agency to verify that there are no outstanding complaints against the company.

  9. Are they bonded and insured? A bonded professional has secured funds set aside that essentially guarantees their performance if the supplier fails to complete the agreed upon work.

Ask how long they have been in the carpet installation business and check references from jobs similar in size and type to your install.

Of course, if you are up for a big do-it-yourself challenge, here is a nice extreme how-to article for installing a carpet. Otherwise, find yourself a few good carpet install professionals and spend a little time interviewing them before letting them into your home. Good luck to you!

comment Pay close attention to seam placement! We had one seam which ended up at the bottom of our basement stairs that started fraying within months. Unfortunately I didn't do my homework when selecting a carpet installer and paid the price :( - LauraC 8 years, 5 months ago
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Prevent mildew and mold in the carpet

You have to be careful, if you have a wet carpet for a long time, sometimes mildew and mold in the carpet will form!
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How much it costs to install carpet depends primarily on the level of service provided by the carpet installation company, the quality of the carpet you choose and the area of the country that you live in.

If the carpet companies will have to move a lot of furniture or remove any old flooring material, it will increase the price you will have to pay.

Generally, though, you can plan on the price of carpet installation to be the following:

  • For new construction with no old flooring to remove or furniture to work around: $0.65 per square foot.
  • To replace an existing carpet in a room with furniture that will need to be moved: $1.00 per square foot.
  • For the top quality carpet options: $5.00 per square foot.

Keep in mind that these are ballpark figures. To get an accurate price of carpet installation you should contact a few local carpet companies and get a free cost estimate. You can use our quick, free and easy two-step form to get matched to qualified carpet pros in you area.

Popular Types of Carpeting

Types of carpetingTypes of carpeting
1. Level Loop Carpet
A highly durable and easy to clean style made up of consistently sized loops of fibers. Ideal for high traffic areas. Loop height can be high or low with a higher loop height providing a more lush look.

2. Multi-Level Loop Carpet

Similar construction to level loop carpet except each loop can be a few different height creating a more random looking texture. Good for higher traffic areas although the smaller loops can trap more dirt and debris.

3. Berber Carpet

A very popular carpet type, similar construction to level loop and multi-level loop carpets but typically using a thicker yarn which provides even greater durability. Loops can be made of natural wool or synthetic fibers like nylon or olefin. Susceptible to dirt retention and snags.

4. Velvet/Plush Carpet

Ideal for more formal areas of a home, lightly twisted velvet/plush carpets have a level height and texture and provide a softer more plush feeling and elegant look.

5. Saxony Carpet

A smooth, soft finish with a level cut tightly twisted cut pile. Unlike looped carpets, a saxony carpet shows footprints and vacuum tracks. Saxony carpets provide medium durability.

6. Frieze Carpet

Another cut pile type carpet, a frieze carpet is suitable for high traffic areas. Its short fibers point in non-uniform directions which help to disguise foot and vacuum tracks.

7. Tip Sheared Carpet

A combination of level loop carpet and saxony style. The tip sheared carpet creates a varied texture and pattern, provides the durability of looped carpets with a strong and unique visual appeal.

8. Random Sheared Carpet

Similar to tip sheared carpets but with multi-loop heights instead of level loop heights. Provides a varied and distinctive texture that hides footprints and dirt well.

9. Shag Carpet

A deep pile carpet similar to frieze types although with much less twist, shag carpets have a very distinctive and 1970s retro style. Shag gives a grassy look because the strands lay in different directions.

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