What You Need to Know About Apartment Carpet Installation
When most people look at an apartment, they tend to focus on things like layout, space, amenities, etc. One very important feature that tends to be underrated, at least by the property owner, is the flooring. When you’re the owner of an apartment complex, you probably tend to think of flooring in terms of cost. That’s certainly an important factor to consider.
For the people who are going to be living there, though, flooring is more important than that. This is something that’s going to be underfoot most of the time, day and night, possibly for years. Though they may not notice it much at first, the type of flooring you choose will have a sizeable impact on your tenants’ lives. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some major considerations you should make regarding installing one of the most popular flooring types: carpet.
Major Carpet Types
There are a ton of different carpet types available on the market today, each with its own distinguishing qualities. The three main types of carpet are:
- Cut Pile: The most common type of carpet. Cut pile is made of looped fibers that are cut off at the top, creating yarn bundles standing straight up. Foot prints and vacuum indentations are more visible on this type of carpet, due to the uniform height created by the cutting process. Still, this carpet is quite popular for a number of reasons, including its pleasing appearance and comfortable feel. (Regal stocks sub-FHA, FHA compliant, and upgraded roll stock for use in the Multi-Tenant Residential Market)
- Cut and Loop Pile: Cut and loop pile is a combination of sheared loops (as with Cut Pile) and loops which have been left uncut. Cut and loop pile has a varied surface height due to this combination, ideal for masking indentations like footprints, wheelchair tracks, dirt, stains, and other traffic patterns. This kind of carpeting is popular for areas like hallways and clubhouses, which see much higher traffic than the average home or apartment.
- Level Loop Pile: Level loop pile is made entirely of uncut fiber loops. It tends to be less comfortable than the other two styles, but much more durable and resistant to staining. This kind of carpet is quite common in commercial areas, like offices.
Factors to Consider When Installing New Carpeting
So, now that you know a bit more about the options available to you, when should you consider installing new carpet? There are a couple of different factors you need to consider:
- Why: Why do you feel that you need new carpet installed in your property? Maybe you want something a bit pricier, but longer lasting, so that you can get a better return on your investment in the long run. Higher quality carpet can increase the value of the property, justifying higher rent prices and increasing the sale value. There are all kinds of reasons why installing new carpeting might be a good idea.
- When: When is it a good idea to install new carpeting? If you’re aiming for any of the benefits listed in the above point, you should have it installed as soon as possible. Sometimes, though, the only reason to replace a carpet is because it’s old and worn out. Nothing lasts forever, and carpets are no exception. If you have carpeting that’s faded, stained, or simply has a lot of wear and tear on it, you should probably replace it sooner rather than later.
- How: Who you trust to install your new carpet is just as important as the kind of carpet you choose. When you choose Regal Commercial Services to handle your carpeting job, though, you can trust that everything will be done to the highest standards. We make sure that the existing tack strip is sound, and install a new one if it isn’t. Once the pad is cut to fit, it is glued throughout. We then make carpet cuts and lay them down in the appropriate areas. Seam tape is applied when appropriate from room to room, while power stretching to ensure a tight fit. Anything at a tight angle is knee-kicked. Excess carpet is cut at the baseboards with a carpet trimmer, any fibers left over are cleaned up, and any transition materials are tucked.
We carry all manner of products like PET Cut Pile and heavy weight Nylon Satin, from Shaw, Mohawk, and other carpet mills which can be used in a residential unit. We’ve been in business for over 25 years, servicing properties just like yours. Contact us today for an improvement, and we can get started on improving your ROI with an updated product.