A carpet layer is a specialized contractor who works to properly install carpeting and pre-fabricated flooring in buildings. He or she typically can be found putting the finishing touches on new construction projects. He or she may also be called in to freshen up or renovate older buildings and houses that require new floors. The carpet layer can also be called in to assist with repair work, such as may be necessary after flood damage.
On the job, the carpet layer will simply conduct thorough and detailed measurements of each section of flooring and/or carpet to be laid. The installer will then assess the surface of the flooring materials and use the proper adhesive bonding material. A carpet layer will be required to install most carpeting with precision, and this is especially true of carpeting with patterns. When installing such carpet or repairing existing damaged flooring, the carpet layer must carefully cut and install with an eye to detail to ensure the patterns match up properly and remain visually pleasing.
Most carpet laying jobs do not require formal education beyond a high school diploma or equivalent. Employers will generally favor candidates with some previous experience in the field. Most jobs in this sector engage in on-the-job training. Most carpet layers work regular business hours during the day, but for some construction jobs, evenings and overnight work are sometimes required as well.