What Do Carpet Installers Do?
Carpet installers install carpet on floors, laying out rolls or blocks of carpeting and fastening it in place. You also will install padding and trim flooring materials, although you generally won’t be responsible for hardwood or tile floors. The majority of carpet installers work with wall-to-wall carpeting in residential homes and commercial properties. You will most commonly find employment with flooring and carpet companies, building contractors, and large home improvement stores.Because of the number of new houses being constructed and existing homes being remodeled, a rise in carpet installer positions is predicted, with as much as 9% of growth by 2022, and almost a thousand new jobs opening annually nationwide.
Carpet Installers Skills and Abilities
To be a carpet installer, you’ll need basic construction skills and knowledge, including critical thinking and the ability to apply mathematics to problem solving. Significant physical strength and endurance is required, as you’ll have to carry heavy loads and repeatedly bend, crouch and stretch without your body giving out. Carpet installers also must have interpersonal skills, both to coordinate with an installation team and to offer customer service when assisting clients.
Carpet Installers Duties
Carpet installers handle the entire installation of a carpet. Most jobs begin with an inspection of the installation surface for irregularities to be corrected, and measuring, recording dimensions and making floor diagrams to accurately calculate the amount of carpeting needed. For the installation itself, you’ll lay out the underlay padding and carpet, and cut and bind pieces precisely to fit, following the floorplan and marked reference points. Seams must be planned and placed carefully to account for foot traffic and appearance. You’ll stretch the carpet over the floor and attach it in place with tack strips, staples, glue or other adhesives, depending on the type of carpet and floor. You may have to nail tack strips in place along the baseboard, or fasten metal treads over doorways and between other types of flooring.Carpet installers are usually responsible for removing old replaced carpet for disposal or recycling, and for cleaning up the work area before and after the installation. You may be moving furniture, sweeping, vacuuming and collecting all tools and equipment before departure.
Carpet Installers Tools and Technology
As a carpet installer, you will use a variety of tools to prepare and place the carpeting. Depending on the type of installation, these can include:
- Shears for cutting carpet
- Utility knives and blades
- Industrial glue guns
- Heavy-duty staple guns, manual or electric
- Specific carpet installation tools, including pullers, stretchers, and knee kickers
You’ll also use computer software to schedule, track and manage job projects.
Education and Training for Carpet Installers
Most carpet installer openings don’t ask for a lot of education. Starting level positions may not require a high school diploma, and typically all the training is done on-the-job. Previous experience with flooring work or general construction can be helpful.
Carpet Installers Salary
Carpet installers have a fairly wide spread in pay scales, based primarily on experience. Low-level and beginning installers may earn less than $10 an hour for a yearly salary of $20, 600, while the best-paid workers make more than $73,000 a year. The average salary is approximately $36,000 a year, though it varies from state to state.
Carpet Installers Jobs by Geography
As a construction-related trade skill, the majority of carpet installer jobs are found in populated areas, such as California and the New York and Pennsylvania areas. The highest averages for wages are also found in these areas, as well as the Midwest such as Illinois and Minnesota. In more rural places, carpet companies will serve wide areas, so you can potentially find a position nearly anywhere.