Installing a carpet properly is essential if you want to get the best out of your carpet . If you are installing it yourself or call a professional to do the job , the quality of work is critical to the performance and life you can expect from your new carpet . Unless you are sure you know how to install carpet, you would do well to seek professional help in order to ensure the protection of this major investment.
Even when used at a professional carpet installation is something you should oversee . Before you arrive, you should familiarize yourself with the basic standards accepted for carpet installation so that you can ensure that follows them. Do not feel you have to keep out of the way when the carpet installation is taking place . While letting the professionals get on with their work, must also be present during the work from the beginning : first to make sure the carpet is the texture and color you ordered, and then to keep a discreet eye on events , to avoid problems later.
While watching the carpet installation, check that the carpet is being stretched properly to reduce the number of wrinkles. Also make sure you are satisfied with the placement of the seams . While the seams will not be invisible , you can ask to be placed in areas where they are not noticeable.
HOW TO INSTALL CARPET TACK STRIPS
First we will show what is a carpet tack strip. Carpet tack strip is a wood piece that we need to install carpet, It has an inch wide and 4 feet long , has 2 rows of very thin nails ,that serve to engage the carpet and also has a row the nails sticking them that will serve to drive on the floor.
The first thing to do is clean the floor , all edges of the walls should be clean and free of objects, then we will check what kind of floor we have , there are different kinds of carpet tack strips : For concrete floors and floors wood, also exist in different sizes , the most popular is 4 feet long, also exists the tack strips commercially available that are much wider , usually this type is used when the carpet is way too thick or rough or when the place to be installed the carpet is way too big .
The purpose of install carpet tack strips is to strengthen the carpet against the wall so there are no pumps or marks on the carpet to finish the installation of the carpet.
The tools we use are a hammer, snap grips to cut the tack strips when needed and extra strong nails to secure the floor.
Once everything is ready, we will begin installing tack strips. As a rule put each tack strip a quarter inch from the wall but also the distance depends on how thick is the carpet if too thin will be put close to the wall and if is too thick will be put about a half inch wall and started nailing one by one, then in the corners cut off at the required size of the wall, also will check if any of this are moving, then we have to secure with extra nails. Tack strips all have to be very strong nailed to the floor, otherwise they will come out when the carpet is stretched. Now if the floor is made of metal or hard concrete or there is also heating tubes inside the floor, we will not use nail to secure the tack strips, then use liquid nails or an especial glue to secure the tack strips to the floor, then leave a few hours for tack strips sticking to the floor. After that it will be ready for the next step which is: How to install padding on the floor for the carpet.