One of the most difficult projects is DIY carpet installation. Many of them are intimidated by the thought of installing carpet. However, installing carpet is fairly easy and by doing it yourself. You can save a great deal of money in installation costs.
How to choose carpet for a concrete floor
Choosing a particular carpet type requires the consideration of room level because concrete can be easily absorbed and excrete moisture through its pores.
- Fibre type:
Any type of carpet fibre style can be applied to a concrete floor. The fibre material type should be a synthetic form.
- Backing type:
The back of the carpet is typically in direct contact with the concrete if padding is not installed. The natural carpet construction can lower the life when installed across concrete.
- Underpad compatibility:
All carpet pads are not created equally. Make sure that padding and carpet combination is compatible. The professional will guide you to the best combination of a quality pad and carpet layer.
- Glue considerations:
A carpet without padding will create friction with the concrete surface. This will slowly eat away the carpet backing. For this purpose, you should consider a carpet that can be glued to the concrete.
How to install carpet on concrete
To install carpet on the concrete measure the room to be carpeted. Inform to carpet dealer that you are carpeting over concrete since that requires different tools.
- Select the carpet that will stand up to the concrete and make sure that entire carpet is constructed of synthetic products.
- Check the room for moisture problems.
- Clean the concrete thoroughly by using the appropriate cleaner for the stains.
- If there are any cracks or holes, this can be fixed by using cement based waterproof filler.
- Just control the temperature in the room. In these conditions, your carpet installation should go smoothly.
- By laying carpet, cut a piece of tack strip the length of one wall and attach it to the floor. The tack points should be facing the wall.
- Cut padding strips the length of the room and places them side by side across the room.
- Lay carpet out and use a knee kicker to force the carpet into the corner.
- Continue this until the carpeting is smooth and flat.
- You will work from the centers of each wall toward the corners.
- You might want to avoid using a power stretcher.
- Cut the excess carpet and push the carpet behind tack strip using a knife.
- Cover the edge of carpeting at doorways with a metal
- Finally, finish off with baseboards of your choice.
You can see that installing your own carpeting can be fairly easy if you have right tools and equipment. And you should have correct instruction to follow the carpet installation. When you are getting ready for your DIY carpet installation, don’t away from carpeting due to installation costs. Install it yourself and save some money.