One of the easiest ways to update the look of your home is to install new carpets or replace existing carpeting. However, in some cases, the cost of replacing carpeting can be extremely prohibitive, especially in cases where an entire house’s floors are concerned. However, you can sometimes eliminate the cost of carpet replacement by means of carpet stretching. Numerous people are asking, “How much will carpet stretching cost me to have done?”
What is Carpet Stretching?
This is usually the next most commonly-asked question after asking “How much will carpet stretching cost me?” If a carpet has not been properly installed or if it has experienced heavy foot traffic over the years, it can be prone to stretching. This results in it lifting off the floor into lumps, which not only look unpleasant but which can also cause tripping and falling. Lifted and stretched carpets can also make it difficult to place furniture on a floor because it is no longer even. Carpet installers will use an instrument which looks similar to an oversized hair brush to help them stretch the carpet and remove as many of the lumps as possible.
Can my Carpet Stretching Cost Be Reduced if I do it myself?
Although it is technically possible to do carpet stretching as a DIY project, it is usually not recommended for many reasons. Firstly, you will not be able to stretch the carpet as much on your own as you would be able to with professional stretching equipment. Secondly, if you have older or more valuable carpeting, you may damage it in the process and you will definitely experience sore knees and backache after attempting it. As a result, it is normally recommended that a professional carpet installer is called when stretching needs to be done. In most cases, people who attempt to do their own carpet stretching will end up having to call the professionals in afterward anyway.
Determining Your Carpet Stretching Cost
Your carpet stretching cost will depend on the age of your carpets and whether more than one room’s carpeting will require stretching. In most cases though, you can expect to pay anywhere between $40 and $80 for a single room and between $120 and $350 if all of your home’s carpets require stretching services. While it may be possible to shop around between carpet installers, it may not always be a good idea to opt for the cheapest quote possible. Instead, select a company or individual who has extensive experience and who will be willing to offer a guarantee on their workmanship, as this will usually provide you with a far more satisfactory end result.
Where to Find Carpet Stretching Services
Before being able to calculate your carpet stretching cost, you will need to find a few carpet companies who are reputable. Performing a simple online search will usually provide you with results of carpet installers in your area, and in many cases, you will also be able to find out whether a particular company offers good service as well or not. Asking around among friends and family for referrals is also a great way to find reputable and affordable carpet stretching specialists.
In cases where your carpeting is quite old, carpet stretching may not always be able to provide you with the desired result. If this is the case, carpet replacement will normally be your best option. However, when choosing to the carpet for your home, it is always best to spend as much as you can possibly afford in order to get a decent quality product that will provide you with many years’ use and pleasure.