If you were to look up the phrase “Form + Function” in the dictionary, there could well be a picture of carpet next to it.

That’s because carpet really underscores the meaning of that phrase; it adds beauty and warmth to your home, and can even visually make a room look larger, while insulating against noise, protecting people from hard falls, and even minimizing some health problems, such as asthma and allergies.

No wonder it’s the #1 popular choice!

Many fail to understand the importance of installation, however, and think only about the initial purchase. Nevertheless, installation is as important, if not more so, than the product itself.

When installed properly, the carpet will be free of unsightly bumps, rolls, and wrinkles, and will even protect it against damage, such as cut fibers.

Dragon Scale Flooring tells about a few common mistakes that can really end up you costing you money.

#1: Thinking you can do it yourself. There are so many problems with this. Of course we all want to save money, but it’s a certainty that you won’t have the proper equipment, and if you did have the equipment, you probably paid retail.

Professional installers pay wholesale for their equipment, since that’s their business.

Also, be sure to check your warranty; many carpet manufacturers include a clause that states clearly that if not installed exactly to the manufacturer's specifications, damage will not be covered.

#2: Miscalculating measurements. Rooms are not perfect squares. You have baseboards and closets with which to contend. Plus, you need to calculate things like carpet width. If you have even the slightest doubt, have a pro do it.

#3: Ignoring the overall design of your house. The installation might be in a separate room, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need to think about transitions. Even if it’s to be installed in a separate room, you’ll still want some cohesiveness. Think about the overall design; that’s especially important with today’s open floor plans.

How Can You Tell if You Have a Good Carpet Installation?

Is your carpet free of rolls, waves and bumps? Are the edged tucked in? Does it lie flat or “climb up against the wall?” Do the seams line up? Are there snags? Do you see excessive shedding? A little in the beginning is normal, but if it goes on for any length of time, that can indicate a problem.

If you have questions, feel free to come into the Dragon Scale Flooring showroom in Laurel, MD, to speak to one of our pros.