Adding a “Cool” Factor with Outdoor Carpet

Adding outdoor carpet to your patio or screened in porch can add to its comfort level. Most outdoor carpets are made from synthetic fibers like polypropylene or olefin material. There are such things as natural fiber for indoor outdoor carpet, specifically hessian, or jute. When looking for outdoor carpeting, you're going to have three different types to choose from and they differ in mainly the way they're constructed. They are loop, punch, grass, and needle. You can probably guess what grass outdoor carpet looks like... but it also comes in other colors like blue for around pools or many other colors.

There are many uses for outdoor carpeting, especially these days with the new types of synthetic materials we're seeing in all areas of flooring. Many people use it around their pool, hot tub, or screened in porches or any outdoor areas where marine carpet would make sense. Most people, (previously self included) when thinking of traditional types of carpet used for outdoor areas, think of the simple fake green plastic or blue colored grass. This isn't the case at all when it comes to your only options of carpeting your outdoor areas. There are some amazing carpets that are made just for indoor outdoor use and can add some real class and amazing aesthetics to any type of outdoor area exposed to the elements.

Let's look at the different types of outdoor carpet. First there is what is known as the Marine outdoor carpeting. This is the carpet most often thought of when mentioning outdoor carpet. The word marine to me just conjures up old memories of hanging around the marina as a kid and the ragged looking green carpet covering the docks. Well, that's pretty much the same stuff. It does come in many different colors however. This carpet is mostly used where there will be a lot of moisture or even possibly standing water. As with most carpeting jobs, the type of carpet you'll want to install depends on the problem or experience you’re trying to solve or provide. Grade, pile, and backing will all depend on the location and exposure the outdoor carpet will have to the elements. Marine carpet is designed specifically to keep the water in as opposed to run off. This is why you often seen it on boats. Even though you most typically see this type of carpet in green, it is available in other colors and patterns.

The next type of outside carpet to look at is olefin. Olefin, also known as polypropylene, is made from a synthetic resin. Olefin's best qualities are its fade and mold resistant qualities along with its ability to resist dirt and stains. It's also very fast drying which is why it's often used as outdoor carpet. Olefin is available in pile, cut, or loop types and used for outdoor carpet solutions in marine, industrial outdoor, or residential projects.

Another type of outdoor carpet is grass carpet. Grass carpet is made of neutral or green fibers much like turf that resembles grass. This type is usually more resistant to fading and staining. This type is often seen in putting golf greens in people’s back yards, as outdoor carpeting for porches,  as flooring in sheds or other outdoor areas or patios. Marine carpet is most generally cut to fit and glued down to the service. the grass type comes in outdoor carpet tiles that you peel and stick to the surface. Proper preparation of the surfaces is always essential to insure the outdoor carpeting stays adhered and in place; especially since these can sometimes be high traffic area. Some of these grass type tiles do not have the marine backing so they're best used in areas out of the direct elements. If using outside directly under the rain or in wet areas, make sure they have marine backing.

No matter what you're indoor outdoor carpet needs are, check out our buy outdoor carpet page or visit your local carpet retailer and ask them about their outdoor carpeting options and be ready to make any drab outdoor area seem more cozy and comfortable!

Tips on Installing Carpet Over Concrete

If you are finishing your basement, you need to know how to install carpet on concrete. Installing the carpet yourself can save you money on labor costs and give you flexibility. But even if you do not do it yourself, you should understand the process so that you make sure the job is done correctly in your home. Laying carpet on concrete takes a few extra steps as opposed to installing it in other areas of your home.

First, you should check to make sure there is not moisture in the area where you want to install the carpet. If there is, you need to address the foundation issues that may be causing the leak in your basement floor. In addition, you should choose a thick mold resistant padding to prevent mold from developing in your basement.

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Next, you will install a tackless strip around the perimeter of the room where you will be installing the carpet. This is what you will attach the carpet to. Use concrete nails when you install the strip, and be sure that you do not hit any pipes running underneath the floor.

Once the tackless strips are installed you will need to cut the strips of padding to fit your room. Allow a few extra inches so you can trim it away once you have tacked the padding into the tackless strip. Attach the padding to the strip, and then trim the excess padding from the floor.

Cut your carpet so that it will fit into your room, leaving a few extra inches on each side to ensure you will have enough carpet when you are done. Attach the carpet to the tackless strip in one corner of the room, and then use a carpet stretcher to pull the carpet tight as you attach it in the other corner of the room. Do this with each corner until the carpet has been attached to the tackless strip.

Trim the carpet, and push the edges up under the baseboards throughout the room. This will keep the edges from showing. You will also need to create an edge to the carpet at the doorway by using a binder bar. You attach the carpet to the hooks in the bar, and then you attach the bar to the floor.

If you have a seam in your carpet you will need seam tape and a blow dryer. Once you tape the seams together, blow dry the back of your carpet so that the tape melts and fuses the pieces of carpet together.

And that is essentially it. The process is not too difficult for anyone who is handy and willing to do the work. And even if you don't want to do it yourself, knowing the process can help you when choosing someone else to do the work for you.

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