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.