Installing carpets can be fairly troublesome, but there's a few simple things you can do to make the process run smoothly. Thankfully, we're going to cover some of the basics so that you can get your new carpet installed in no time. With this being said, here's a look at carpet installation.
Clean the surface
For starters, you're going to want to clean the floor before any carpeting or padding is applied. Since removing old carpeting can leave quite a mess, you may have your hands full.
Install the tack strips
Tack strips are what stretch out the padding material and keep it in place. Excellent tips for installing tack strips would be:
- Adding double tack strips for high traffic areas (i.e. carpet leading to bathrooms, kitchens, etc.)
- If the carpeting transitions to concrete or tile, you may need to apply a binder bar.
- For stairs, many have found that adding tack strips to where the tread and risers meet works incredibly well.
Install the carpet padding
For carpet padding, you won’t want to buy something that is thicker than what your tack strips can handle. Doing so leads to the carpet padding coming up and leaving the carpet looking lumpy and unsightly. When unrolling the padding, give the padding a generous amount to cut off so that there are no issues when applying it to the tack strips. Once the padding is put into place, tape the strips together so that they stay snug when the carpet is applied. After padding is put into place and taped together, use the tack strip as a guide to trim excess padding. Finally, add adhesive around the perimeter of the area so that the padding stays in place.
Unroll the carpet
Unrolling the carpet may be the best (and final) part of the carpet installation process. First, unroll the carpet given generous amounts on the sides so that excess can be cut with no problems. For seams, the excess carpet must be cut carefully so that there's an indistinguishable transition. For carpet leading to walls, the carpet must be stretched to remove wrinkles, folds, and excess carpeting.