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Many people fall prey to home improvement shows. They watch them and begin to think that they can truly do many home construction projects on their own. While there are some things that amateurs with little experience can do, such as paint or change out light fixtures, installing carpeting is not one of them. You shouldn’t try to install your new carpeting on your own. There are far too many things that can go wrong during the process. Instead, hire professional carpet installers. Here are several important reasons why.
You Might Void the Warranty
Many carpets come with a warranty. This warranty protects against manufacturing defects and other things. However, there’s a catch – the carpet must be installed by a professional, or the warranty will be voided. The companies that make carpeting know that if your DIY your carpeting, things could go south very quickly. This is why they prefer that a professional do the job, and make that a codicil in the warranty’s fine print.
Installing Carpet Is More Complicated Than You Think
The professionals on television make carpet installation look extremely easy. This isn’t true at all. There are many steps to the process, from installing the carpet pad to stretching the carpeting, and then tacking it down. The edges need to be dealt with properly and any seams need to be hidden. There’s a lot more involved than just laying out the carpeting and tacking it down. You could end up biting off more than you can chew should you attempt to do it yourself.
There Could Be Problems with the Subfloor
In order to carpeting to lay correctly, the subfloor must be in great shape. Many times, you don’t know that there are issues with your subfloor until the carpet installers arrive and point out the problems. These things will need to be fixed before the carpet can be laid down. A good carpet installation company will be able to repair your subfloor for you, so you won’t have to call in anyone else.
You May Not Have the Correct Tools
Some of the many tools utilized by carpet installers include cutting implements, carpet stretchers, and other things. If you don’t have them laying around in your basement or tool shed (and be honest, who does have those things on hand), you’ll have to purchase them. This will greatly add to the overall cost of your carpeting and leave you with tools that you more than likely won’t use again anytime soon. While hiring carpet installation professionals will add on the cost as well, they will make the process easier for you, and they already have all of the necessary tools.
As you can see, there are many reasons why you shouldn’t attempt to install your carpeting yourself. You could void the warranty, your subfloor could be cracked or sagging, and the job could be far more complicated than it seems. What you need to do is hire a professional, someone who has plenty of experience.