Home Improvement / October 18, 2018 / Adaline Faure.
When you walk into the carpet showroom, don't be surprised if you find yourself moving frantically from one sample to the next. So many textures and colors to choose from can make you feel like a kid in a candy store. Take your time. Eventually, you will find yourself gravitating towards similar shades of color and textures. Be sure to take the time to get all the information you need to make an educated choice.
Choosing a pad is just as important as the carpet itself. Most often an installation quote will include the pad but be sure to verify this. There are new upgraded pads out there that have spill barriers. A good idea if you have little ones or a pet. Some new pads will also absorb odors, such as pet and smoke. Prices can run about a dollar more per square yard but may be well worth it in the long run.
Doing the prep work yourself can save you both time and money on the installation. Tearing out carpet is a little work, but not as hard as people may think. A carpet cutting knife, needle nose pliers and knee pads should do the trick. Cutting the back of the carpet on the weave is more comfortable than cutting on the nap. If you are removing the mat alone, I suggest keeping the pieces 5'x5'. Rolled up carpet may is heavier than you think. Removing the pad is a piece of cake. The hardest part of that job is getting all the staples and nails out once it's done. Make sure to leave the carpet strips along the floorboards unless they are in bad shape and need to be replaced. This will save you time on the install.