How To Install Carpet On Concrete

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Approximately 95 percent of American homes have some form of a carpet according to the US Census Bureau. It is therefore natural for one to be curious as concerns the installation process of the carpet, especially on concrete which is one of the most common flooring types in the country. Installing a carpet on concrete is not that hard a task that some of us might imagine. However, it is important to follow the laid down procedure so as to have a smooth carpet that fits the house perfectly. Carpet installation requires the use of specialized tools which can be easily rented for those who do not want to own theirs.

There are a ton of great resources out there for how to install carpet, I’ll show a great video here and then a bulleted list of how-to’s below to help you along.

Apart from the use of specialized tools and working up some muscles, the trickiest part of installing a carpet on concrete is probably choosing the right type of carpet for your needs. Woolen carpets are quite expensive and ideal for high-traffic areas since they are crush resistant and durable. Nylon carpets are easier to clean and quite durable. They should not be exposed to the sun. Polyester carpets are quite affordable, fade when exposed to the sun and are quite durable especially in the face of abrasions. Acrylic carpets are low priced; do not fade when exposed to the sun and rate fairly against resisting crush. Polypropylene Olefin is the cheapest type of carpet and has a fair resistance to abrasion.

If you are interested in how to install carpet on concrete, here are the things that you will need:

  • Masonry nails
  • Carpet padding
  • Hammer
  • Shears or saw
  • Tackless strip
  • Row cutter
  • Chalk line
  • Duct tape
  • Utility knife
  • Heavy scissors
  • Staple gun
  • Row cutter
  • Rolling pin
  • Seaming iron
  • Seaming tape
  • Power stretcher
  • Trimmer
  • Knee kicker
  • Gripper edge
  • Stair tool

Here’s how to install carpet on concrete:

  • Clear the floor of visible dirt and debris before vacuuming.
  • Inspect the floor of any moisture problems that may be there. Moisture is a leading cause of carpet destruction.
  • Mark out the heat ducts that are installed under the floor to avoid puncturing them. This can be easily done by turning the heat up and wetting the floor. Areas that dry up fastest indicate the presence of the heat ducts.
  • Install the tackless strips using shears and masonry nails (a must for any how to concrete guys)
  • Have the carpet padding installed seamlessly.
  • Cut the carpet and lay it.
  • Cut up the carpet seam.
  • Use the seaming tape to adhere the cut seam before melting the adhesive using a seaming iron.
  • Attach the laid carpet using knee kickers.
  • Once a corner of the carpet has been successfully hooked, use a power stretcher to tightly stretch the carpet to the other end.
  • Trim any excess carpet before smoothing out all rough edges using a stair tool