Carpet Installation Brampton

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Your carpet installation experts are in Brampton! Learn about installation methods, the tools you need and why it was the weekend DIY project you never finished.

Carpet Installation. It’s a perfect weekend DIY project. Tear the old stuff up, put the new stuff down. Job done.

Or is it?

To avoid getting halfway through this particular task and realizing that you’ve cut your carpet short and the seams are wonky, we’ve put together a brief guide to carpet installation that might get you set on the right path.

 

CARPET INSTALLATION METHODS

Stretch In

The most common form of carpet installation, tack strip is nailed down to concrete or your subfloor and carpet is stretched in over the underlay and attached to the tack strip.  To do this properly the tack strip needs to be securely placed around the perimeter of the room, leaving a small gap between the strip and the baseboards. Underpad is placed on the ground, backing side up and the carpet is rough cut to size. Using a power stretcher, stretch the carpet in and secure it to the tack strip.

This method of carpet installation is great for keeping your carpet taut and in one place. It also makes it easy to pull up and replace if need be. Conversely, stretching carpet can weaken the backing, sometimes causing delamination. Additionally, the tight pull can sometimes loosen in high traffic areas, causing the need for restretching and repairs.

Glue Down

Glue down carpet installation occurs most often in commercial flooring applications where the carpet is generally a thinner, lower pile than residential carpet and the need for an installation where the carpet will not move under high traffic stress is required.

Using the recommended carpet adhesive, roll or brush the glue directly over concrete and leave until the glue is tacky. Make sure the carpet has already been cut to fit your area and lay your flooring over the adhesive.  Roll out any bubbles that might have popped up with a carpet roller.

This is an idea method of carpet installation for very high traffic areas or in areas where seaming or heatbonding would be difficult. Unfortunately, because the carpet has been glued down, it’s a bit more difficult to pull up and replace and, once the carpet has been pulled up, repairs to your concrete floor are usually required.

Loose Lay

Much like the name implies, loose lay carpet installation doesn’t require much more than laying your carpet loosely over your floor. In these situations, carpet is often cut to size and bound around the edges. Carpet can be loose laid over underpad or can be lightly adhered to the floor beneath. 

Outside of area rugs, carpet is most often loose laid in situations where the need for carpet is temporary or in rentals where landlords or owners do not want carpet installed traditionally.

THE TOOLS YOU NEED

So, having read about the methods of carpet installation you’ve decided that this is a task you can do.  Now you just need to be properly equipped – chances are you don’t want to get into the middle of a stretch-in and realize you’re missing a vital piece.

  • Carpet Knife: A super sharp knife, this will cut through carpet quickly and easily and, if installing carpet on stairs, will help you tuck in any stray pieces.
  • Seam Roller:  After seaming together your carpet, this tool will help you adhere the pieces together by forcing the carpet backing into the seaming tape.
  • Carpet Tape: This holds two pieces of carpet together along the seam underneath the carpet. You can get this in either a no-heat option or a fiberglass option which requires a heating iron.
  • Trowel and Trimmer: Both of these tools will help you trim up loose ends, get a clean edge when cutting away carpet and help tuck your carpet in along the wall.
  • Power Stretcher: An incredibly important tool if you want the tightest pull for your carpet installation. A knee-kicker is another option but doesn’t provide the same level of stretch. 
  • Bonding Iron: Another important tool, a bonding iron heads up your carpet tape to give the pieces of carpet you’re seaming together the best possible chance at not separating.

SOME COMMON INSTALLATION MISTAKES

As with all home improvement and renovation related tasks, we do suggest that you consider having a professional install your carpet. However, if after reading through the carpet installation methods and tools you’ll need you still want to tackle this on your own, here are the three most common mistakes DIY installers make. We encourage you to avoid them.

  1. Installing patterned carpet the same way you’d install solid carpet: Patterned carpet has a feature referred to as a ‘pattern match’. Obviously you want to match the pattern along the seam and this requires more carpet and a different layout scheme than non-patterned carpet.
  2. Not having the right tools: Unfortunately, carpet installation isn’t something you can get away with not using the right tools. Not only will your carpet not install properly or functionally but its an expensive DIY project to have to scrap and start over from. 
  3. Dismissing the floor layout: You know that saying ‘measure twice, cut once’? Also applies to carpet installation. Surprisingly, rooms don’t come in uniform shapes or sizes. Ignoring the layout may not only cause you carpet shortages but, if you do have enough, may cause some awkward lines or seams in the room.

TO DIY CARPET INSTALLATION?

Perhaps by this point we’ve given you the knowledge to install your own carpet. You know your space so you know which carpet installation method will work best for you. You know which tools to use and some of the common mistakes some DIYer’s make when doing their installation themselves.  If you’re feeling confident go forth and install! If you still aren’t sure we’re happy to help you through some of the finer points so feel free to reach out to us.  If you’re looking to buy carpet in Brampton, contact Floors2u to schedule your free in-home estimate.

If you’re looking for some more information on carpet and carpet installation visit the Carpet and Rug Institute for some material on industry standards, carpet testing and additional resources.

Contact us and we will set up your FREE in-home estimate.
We come to your home, show you samples and leave you an estimate – 
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