Carpet is a very popular floor covering. It goes with just about any décor and comes in countless styles and textures. Nothing feels quite as good as sinking your feet into a plush, luxurious carpet. High-performing, durable carpets looks newer longer, which means you can go a very long time before replacing it. Your initial investment pays off quite well over the long haul.

If you want a problem-free installation—and we all want that!—here’s a checklist of things to do before the installer arrives.

Know your costs.  Your current floor needs to be removed, you need to purchase the replacement flooring materials, and you will need to install (or have installed) the new flooring materials.  All of these things cost money, unless you go the DIY route.  The quickest and easiest way to understand your costs is to use an online carpet installation cost estimate calculator like this one.  A final word of caution about carpet materials, be wary of wholesale discount carpet…as with much in life you get what you pay for, and cheap knock offs tend to not last long.

Make sure you know who’s removing your existing flooring. If you wish, the installer will do it. If not, you should make arrangements to have it removed. To minimize dust, vacuum your old carpet before it’s removed and, after it’s up, vacuum the floor thoroughly.

Who’s moving the furniture? Decide in advance if you want to take on the responsibility or if you want the installer to handle it. Either way, be sure to remove all fragile items from the room, and don’t leave anything—such as drapery or plants—hanging over the installation area.

Measure door clearances before you have your carpet installed. If the new floor is thicker than your existing floor, door bottoms may rub. Plan in advance to have someone shave or saw the correct amount off the bottom of each door so it does not drag.

Paint first. If you’re planning to paint, wallpaper, or do any other remodeling in the room, it’s best to do it before your carpet is installed. Keep extra paint to touch up any post-installation nicks.

Berber Carpet

Berber carpet is a style of carpet with distinctive loops. The carpet acquired its name because the looped texture bears a resemblance to the knots in the traditional hand woven carpets of the Berber people of North Africa. Berber carpet has increased in popularity over the last 30 years due to better stain fighting and crush resistant fibers. Berber carpets are usually made from wool, nylon, or olefin fibers. Wool,of course being the most luxurious and expensive, is the rarest of the three. Nylon carpet is more expensive than olefin, but wears better than the affordable olefin carpets.

Indoor Outdoor Carpet

When you hear the term “indoor/outdoor carpet,” do you get an image of green artificial grass in your head? While putting green carpet is a type of indoor/outdoor carpet, this subset of carpet style does not end there. Indoor/outdoor carpet is usually a low pile or flat woven polyester or propylene fiber rug. It is UV stabilized, which means it won’t fade in direct sunlight; and it is mold and mildew resistant, which is perfect for high moisture settings. Indoor/outdoor carpet is also very easy to clean and very durable. It is usually installed without padding and it great for high traffic areas. You would expect to see this carpet installed in sunrooms, hallways, staircases, corporate settings and even on covered patios.  You might even decide to install this carpet in your home if you have pets or small children as it is very durable.  There are a great many varieties of indoor/outdoor carpets, including artificial grass, area rugs, wall to wall carpet, and carpet tiles. Check out some of your options at Home Depot.

Shag Carpet

I still remember the orange shag carpet that, in the early ’70s, my mother had installed in our living room to “brighten things up.” Well, shag carpet is making a comeback, although not the rough orange carpet of my childhood. Now shag carpet is becoming popular as a thick, luxurious bedroom flooring or a opulent living room carpet. Shag carpet has the highest pParile of any other carpet available and comes in a variety of textures from thin, whispy strands to thick, velvety fibers.

Persian Carpet

Persian carpets, or more accurately, Persian rugs, are something you would expect to see in the finest most luxurious homes. Persia (modern Iran) has a long history of rug making going back to 500 AD. Modern rugs are made by machine, but you can still buy hand made Persian rugs. They are characterized by intricate patterns and bold colors. A Persian rug can be any size but is not suitable for “wall to wall” carpet installation. They do make great statement pieces and can be laid over any flooring.

Carpet Runners For Stairs

If you have bare wooden stairs or worn carpeted stairs, you may decide to use a carpet runner to spruce up the stair case. If you decide to go this route, you will have to measure carefully, including both the rise and the run of each stair in your calculation.  You will also need stair rods to hold the carpet in place. Carpet for runners can be purchased in rolls with a narrow width and bordered design that is just perfect for a standard stair case. A good place to look at your many options is Home Depot.