Why I shouldn’t have DIY’d my carpet installation…

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AKA Why you should always hire a professional.

Martin has been laying carpet for the last 18 or so years. In that time, he has seen the good, the bad, and the ugly of DIY and handyman carpet installations – either when we’ve been called in for a re-stretch, or when a customer has called us in tears, begging us to take over.

A particular job that came up over the weekend really took the icing off the cake and spurred this post- and for those of you that are visual people, yes, there are photos.

Without further ado, here are the top 4 reasons for hiring a pro:

1. Laying carpet is back-breaking work

If we had a dollar for every time someone asked about Martin’s knees, we would have honestly retired about 5 years ago. Not only is carpet incredibly heavy (you can find a weight per roll calculator here) and cumbersome, it also takes a fair bit of strength to make sure its stretched and fitted correctly. Oh! And then there is whacking in the grip stick/smooth edge (or as some people like to call it “spikey bits of wood around the edge of the room”) into hard, concrete floors at all the right intervals without damaging your skirting..

This is not how to stretch a hallway

2. There are rules and regulations we need to follow

Did you know that there are actually Australian Standards that professional carpet layers have to adhere to? They cover everything from the minimum thickness of underlay (it’s 8mm in case you were wondering, unless otherwise specified by the carpet’s manufacturer) to the way an installation must be carried out, and everything in between.
There are also different rules and regulations for:
-Domestic installations;
-Commercial installations;
-Installations on concrete vs timber subfloors;
-Carpet tiles;
-And a bunch of other boring things.

This is not up to Australian Standards

3. It actually requires a little bit of know how

Professional carpet installers usually work as an apprentice under someone much wiser than them for about 4 years before venturing into the big, scary world of installations on there own. Here they will learn how to:

Properly join two pieces of carpet together

I’ll give you a hint- not like this.
Or this.

Ensure the pile is running the same way

The piece in the yellow runs the opposite way to the other two, the pieces in the red are bad joins and for good measure, theres yellow safety tape instead of a metal cover strip so that no-one trips over!

This is a carpet layers worst nightmare.

Place doorway joins in the correct place

A door way join should always sit under the door, so that it cannot be seen from either side

As well as many other things that ensure your carpet actually looks good when they are done!

4. The amount of carpet you buy matters!

Unlike other types of floor covering, wall-to-wall carpet (also known as broadloom carpet) isn’t measured in square meters. When calculating how much carpet you need, professional carpet installers use lineal/broadloom meters. This is because most rolls of carpet are 3.66m wide – though there are some that are 4m wide! This is why it is so important for us to accurately measure your property, and quote you on the correct lineal meterage, to avoid creating patch work quilts out of your floors.

We counted 7 different bits of carpet were used to cover this section of floor

Have you had a DIY installation failure? Or even better, a success story? We’d love to hear from you below!

About Author

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Gabriella Byrne

Gabriella is the Sales Manager, Customer Liaison, Administration expert and downright super-woman at East Coast Carpets. Before joining the team full-time, Gabriella had to listen to Martin blabber on about all things carpet for the 6 years they dated prior to tying the knot, creating the knowledge bank she uses to ensure the carpet you choose is a perfect fit for your home and lifestyle.

Gabriella and Martin also have 3 kids that they adore, so if you ever hear a screaming toddler in the background whilst on the phone, know that East Coast Carpets is truely a family business.

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