Direct Glue Carpet Installation refers to any carpet installation in which the carpet is installed directly to the hardwood flooring. There are basically two types of direct glue carpet installation. One method calls for a special “dry-run,” where a small amount of the carpet is wet and allowed to dry before it is put into place. The other method uses a spray can with glue on it, and then the carpet is laid on top of it and allowed to dry.
The first step in carpet installation is laying the carpeting. Most carpet installation companies will use a carpet cutting machine to do this part of the job. Cut the carpet as needed and work from short to long sides to make sure all the carpeting pieces fit snuggly. A friend who knows a lot about carpeting can help if you are unsure about this step.
Once the cut piece is complete, it is ready for installation on the stairs. A step referred to as the “running-board cap” must be installed first. This protects the carpeting from damage from moisture and dampness from below. The running board cap should fit snugly against each step. If you are doing new stairs, the old ones can simply be cleaned and reinstalled. A carpet installation expert will be able to advise you on how to properly reinstall the stairs.
When installing stairs, you must always use some type of waterproof glue. It can sometimes be challenging to find this type of glue. If not possible, you can buy some waterproof carpet installation glue at your local home improvement store. Make sure that you read the instructions carefully before applying it to your stairs. A lot of glue products can have a funny smell to them, especially the kind meant for indoor use.
The last step in carpet installation is laying down the carpet padding. If the steps are concrete, then the padding will be put down first, and then the carpeting will be installed above it. For other types of floors, such as ceramic tile, you will do the padding first and then put the carpeting down. In some cases, such as with rolling traffic lanes, you might even have to put the actual carpeting down first. For best results, it is recommended that the padding is put down very close to where the actual installation is going to occur.
When installing stairs, it is important to make sure that the width is consistent. This helps to avoid stairwells that are narrow, while maintaining roominess. You can easily accomplish this by consulting with the installer, or asking the person you hire to make sure that everything is balanced. You also need to make sure that the length of the steps are even.
One of the most important things to remember about carpet installation is that old carpet must not be pulled up. Doing so can damage the backing and cause the installation to come to a screeching halt. After the old carpet is removed, all that remains are the new carpet pieces and the tack strips that will secure them. If you decide to remove the old carpet before the installation process is complete, it is important to make sure that the new one is properly laid on top of the old one. Otherwise, you may end up with stairs that are too short or too long for the space you have available.
As you can see, there are many different facets to carpet installation that you should be aware of. Carpet installers are usually very experienced at what they do, and they have the tools, machinery, and workforce needed to install each item properly. But they are more than just handymen; they should also be experts in installing glue. Glue is often the biggest culprit when it comes to causing problems with stairs and other floor areas. Therefore, if you have any questions about a particular product, you should always contact the installers that sold it to you to answer any questions you may have.