Carpet that is not installed properly may look good for a short while, but over time, will begin to have problems, including wrinkles or waves that become trip hazards. It can pull away from the walls and have seams that unravel and open up.

Good installation is key to the performance of every carpet. Many of the top installers have gone through hands-on rigorous training courses to become certified by CFI (Certified Flooring Installers).
CFI trains installers to know how to properly handle and install flooring, which in addition to carpet, includes tile and hardwood as well.

Some stores sell both the flooring and furnish the installation. Other stores sell only the material and consumers must find their own installers.

Here are some important points regarding carpet installation:

Carpet that is installed using only a knee kicker is more likely to wrinkle as opposed to a power-stretcher that pulls the carpet much tighter.

Not all stores or installers include moving and replacing the furniture and, removing and disposing of the existing carpet in the installation price. Some stores that have “special” installation pricing have high-price-tag add-ons for these “extras.”

A good installer also will check the tack strips for excessive wear or rot (often caused by water damage) and will replace them.

Some stores and installers include an extra fee to vacuum the carpeting at the end of the job.

If you are having commercial carpeting installed, make sure your installer seals the seams to prevent them from unraveling and opening up.

No matter how lovely the flooring you just picked out, no matter how high the quality, how durable the material, how luxurious, or sturdy or how right it is for you — the last person who will have their hands on it before it becomes your floor is your installer — You can enter your zip code on their website to find a Certified Flooring Installer near you.