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Carpet, Flooring, and More

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What is the most important day in the life of any new floor?

Do you know the first thing you need to consider before installing a new floor?

Why do you need an experienced installer to come to your home?

Flooring Installation
The most important day in the life of any new floor is the day it’s installed, but the days leading up to the flooring installation can be equally as important.

Before any flooring is installed, the condition of the existing floor must be considered.

This is an issue most sales people and customers do not want to deal with.

The salesman wants to close the deal, and if he mentions the possibility of additional costs the buyer may purchase their flooring elsewhere.

The buyFlooring Estimateer is out to get the best price and doesn’t want to hear about the extra charges.

That is why it is important to have an experienced estimator come to your home to measure, access the existing conditions and go over it with you.

There are a number of difference conditions we encounter that present problems. We have the solutions for them.

1. Having Lots of Furniture

If you’re living in your home, you have furniture. It is always best to move all the furniture out of the areas the new floors are to be installed.Floor Tile

If you can’t or don’t want to move your furniture yourself, we can move it for you. The price to move it is determined by the estimator and made known to the customer prior to ordering the materials.

It is strongly suggested that breakables, electrics, and personal items be moved by the customer.

2. Ripping Out the Old Carpet and Pad

This is not a very difficult job. You could do it yourself, but before you do check with our sales person to see how much they charge to do it for you.

You may be pleasantly surprised how little it costs. We take the old carpet and pad away and recycle it.

If you do it yourself, you will need to cut it into 4’ strips and put it your trash bin for the garbage truck.

3. Ripping Up Glued Down Carpet

Sometimes glued down carpet comes up easy and sometimes it’s very tough to remove.

A good tip is to cut the carpet into small strips, sometimes as little as 6” and pull it up by hand. You won’t know how tough it is until you’re well into the job.

We always have to figure it will be a difficult job, and we’ll quote you accordingly.

If it comes up easily, there is no reduction in the price. However, if it takes us all day or more to rip it up, there is no extra charge.

4. Ripping Up Ceramic Tile

People who have ripped out their ceramic tile usually will not do it again and will pay to have it done.

Once again, it may come up easily with a hammer and chisel, but that usually is not the case.

Usually, it will require a small jack hammer, heavy duty gloves, eye protection and a hand scraper.

It is a messy and sometimes bloody job.

If you are removing more that a few square feet of tile, we recommend covering your air conditioning vents and furniture and be prepared to do an extensive cleaning for dust will be everywhere.

When you pay to have your tile removed, we do all that for you including disposal of the old tile. Get a quote before you purchase. It is not very expensive, but it is well worth it.

5. Ripping Out Vinyl Flooring

If you are installing carpet, most vinyl floors do not have to be removed. You can go right over them.

If you are installing another glued down vinyl flooring the old floor needs to be ripped up and scraped clean. Then cracks and any indentations must be filled.

Any irregularities in your subfloor will show through most of the new vinyl.

Tips From a Professional

If you are replacing your vinyl floor with ceramic tile, we strongly recommend you rip out and scrape clean the existing subfloor.


Jay Messina – Owner Carpet Concepts

Many people ask us to go over their vinyl saying it is down tight, and some installers will agree to go over the existing floor.

We do not recommend this for if the vinyl under the tile comes loose, then your tile will pop up.

You can save yourself some money by doing the floor prep yourself but remember your new floor is only as good as the foundation it’s installed over.

Spending more money doesn’t always guarantee you a better job, but not spending enough money to do the job properly can end up in a disaster.

Work With Carpet Concepts

At Carpet Concepts, we have you covered no matter what problem you encounter, we have your solution.

The next time someone tells you that it’s easy to install a floor, you remind them to be aware of some the problems we reviewed.

9 Things You Should Be Aware Of Before Purchasing New FlooringDo you have any questions regarding floor prep or anything to do with flooring?

Our experienced staff will answer all your questions.

We also offer you a free online library with an informative set of eBooks on purchasing your new flooring, and the different type of floors.

Contact us by phone (239) 574-5099, online or come see us at our showroom!

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