Moulding before or after carpet!


Old 12-08-02, 08:30 AM
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Moulding before or after carpet!

I'm having new carpet installed and the base board moulding has got to go as well (It's shot). I planned to install moulding after the carpet is installed, Which is what the installer stated he preferred as well.

I'm informed by a family member that the CORRECT/RIGHT way to handle this situation is to install the moulding before the carpet is installed. Then the Carpet is stretched to the moulding. That's the way it was done in his house.

I've discussed with several people in the carpet industry and it appears that they prefer the moulding be put on after the carpet so they don't have to worry about damaging the moulding.

My intention was to just install the new moulding to sit flush with the carpet which was stretched to the wall. Which is how it was done in the past.

Any advice at all would be much appreciated. I just don't see the harm in installing the moulding after the carpet.

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Old 12-08-02, 09:15 AM
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Why not install it after the carpet? It will be easier for the installer and keep the likelihood of damage to the base board to a minimum. Generally, the carpet is installed after the base board, but the trim carpenter is usually gone before the carpet installer comes. In this case, you don't have that problem. Done this way, the carpet will be stretched to the wall.
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