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By Alan Fletcher - aka The Carpet Professor - 30-Year Flooring Expert and Consumer Advocate
Removing Your Old Carpet & Padding
A carpet team of two or three can remove 100 yards of old carpet and pad in about an hour.
Tear out of the old carpet and padding can cost you anywhere from fifty cents per yard to $3.00 per yard. They may also try to add on a dump fee of $25 to $150 depending on how much old carpet and pad you need hauled away.
I think $2.00 per yard is more than enough to remove
carpet and padding and haul it away. However, dump fees are increasing
so this amount may be a bit low in your area.
Many carpet retailers have a dumpster available onsite for their installers to use. In this case, the amount you are charged for haul away may be quite reasonable.
I think a dump fee of $50 is a fair charge unless the retailer does not have a dumpster available for the installers and they have to take your old carpet and pad to a landfill or metro recycling center.
Taking your old carpet and padding to a landfill (or recycling center) takes time and can be quite costly for the installer. In this case, the fee you may be charged can easily exceed $100 depending on the amount of carpet and padding to be hauled away. (Most garbage dumps charge by the pound) not to mention the time and effort it takes to load and unload.
Installing New Tack-Less Strips. (also called Tack Strips)
New construction will require that new tackless strips must be installed. It is easier to install on wood than on concrete. The fee for wood might be an additional 25 or 50 cents per yard. The fee for installing tack strips over concrete might be an additional $1 per yard. In existing homes with damaged tack-less strips that need to be replaced, it should be about $2.00 - $3.00 per each four-foot strip.
Some installers charge by the hour to do any work that is preliminary to the installation. In this case, It’s usually about $50 per hour (per person). This includes moving furniture, sealing floors and doing any floor repairs.
The carpet will meet other flooring types and must have a transition of some type installed. Examples are: Carpet to vinyl, carpet to hardwoods, carpet to vinyl tiles, and carpet to ceramic tiles are some of the possibilities.
Transitions can be made of wood, metal, rubber or plastic. Each transition is available in different quality levels and depending on the application, the correct transition must be used to ensure a long life without failing. The cost of transitions vary widely and should be discussed with your carpet estimator/retailer before the bid final is drawn up.
The cheapest gold or silver colored transitions are generally priced at $1-$2 per foot. A rubber transition in a utilitarian application should cost about $3-$5 per foot. A transition of pre-finished hardwood can easily cost $5 to $20 per foot. Brass of other specialized transitions can be quite costly.
Thresholds are another story. If your front of back door is in need of a new threshold, plan on spending at least $50 for a new one. Usually these are made of aluminum and have to be cut to fit. If you want a snazzy threshold made of a pre-finished hardwood, expect to pay much more. Installing a new threshold is not always a quick and easy job and may require expert finish-contractor abilities.
Trimming the bottom of your doors
If your new carpet is thicker than the last carpet installed in your home, your doors may need to be trimmed at the bottom. If your installer is qualified and well equipped to do this, then the charge can be anywhere from $20 to $40 per door depending on what your doors are made of.
Trimming the bottom of doors is not a job for the inexperienced. It is not easy to do it correctly and it is easy to ruin a door if it is not done properly.
You can’t just run a skill saw or jigsaw along the bottom of a door and expect it to look nice when you are done. Some woods like pine or mahogany will easily splinter and fray on the backside and end up looking horrible unless you take certain steps to prevent this from happening.
Again, depending on what type of wood and construction your doors are made of, will determine how to properly trim your doors without damaging them. If in doubt, I suggest you call in a professional carpenter to do the job.
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