Whether you’re building a new house or renovating the old one, the most vital thing to consider is the type of material you use. Of course, one of the first material types to consider, is your carpet. But which type of carpet is the best for your house? Naturally, you’re going to want something that not only looks attractive but also lasts longer. Carpet planks are the most common choice for modern housing.
With carpet planks, you’re sure to meet your house requirement needs. High-quality carpet planks can be used anywhere in the house, including the floors, walls, bathrooms, ceilings, and fireplaces. They’re easy to install, and using them is the most effective way to update your house to look modern. But how do you lay carpet planks in your room?
Laying carpet planks is easier than you may think. By following these tips, you’ll find the process simple and cost-effective. If this piques your interest, please continue reading to learn what you need to know to lay carpet planks like a pro.
6 Steps to Lay Carpet Planks Like a Pro
1. Remove the old floor.
It’s a good idea to start by removing the old floor in your house. Doing so will allow you to get to the subfloor. Nonetheless, carpet planks can be laid directly over an old floor if the old floor is flat. The process of removing the old floor depends on the material used. Some materials require a lot of labor, while others will require little effort to remove. For instance, a floor glued down with adhesives can be overwhelming to remove, and it’ll require a lot of work.
2. Fill in the gaps if any.
The subfloor must be flat because any variation might pose a danger to the carpet planks. If your subfloor is made of concrete, you can use the concrete patch to fill in any cracks that have developed over time. It’ll eliminate unevenness and any space that may be vulnerable to water penetration. Use floor levelers or wood putty to fill in the cracks if your subfloor is made of play wood. You can smoothen the floor with sandpapers to remove any splinters that may be on a wooden subfloor.
3. Clean the subfloor surface.
Once you have filled in the cracks and the gaps, clean the surface to remove any dirt or small particles. Cleaning will ensure the carpet planks’ adhesive forms a strong bond between them. Begin by sweeping the entire surface. Be thorough until all particles are removed.
Once you’ve cleaned, damp mop the surface using warm, clean water; using a detergent solution is a perfect idea, but ensure you rinse the surface with clean plain water. When mopping, don’t use much water to allow the floor to dry quickly. The floor needs to be completely dry before installation is done.
4. Seal the subfloor.
Wood and concrete subfloors are susceptible to water, and molds can grow if liquids seep down through them. The type of your subfloor determines the type of sealer you can use. For wood, you can use polyurethane, and for concrete, you can use epoxies. For safety purposes, don’t walk on the surface until it’s completely dry. Also, ensure the windows are open because most sealers contain harmful chemicals.
5. Mark the center of your room.
Most people get it wrong by installing the carpet planks from one corner of the room. That doesn’t always work well unless your room is the precisely right size. Installing them from one side can lead to it being fitted with full carpet planks, while the other might require a strip of cut planks.
The installation needs to begin from the center of the room, with the surface being divided into four quadrants, all radiating out from the marked point. Doing so will ensure that all edges of the room are uniform.
6. Install the carpet planks.
When laying your carpet planks, start in the middle with one quadrant and move towards the wall. Continue installing the carpet planks following the guidelines given by the manufacturer all the way to the wall. Don’t attach the cut planks until all the full-size planks are installed.
Return to the marked point and lay the second quadrant, and don’t leave any gaps. Repeat this process until the entire room is installed with the full planks. You’ll most likely have a perimeter area left uncovered where you’ll be required to cut some planks to finish the installation. Clean the carpet planks to remove any stains before they dry up.
Carpet planks in the way to go if you are looking to bring a new look to your house. They last longer compared to other types of carpets. By following the steps above, you will find the process easy, simple, and cost-effective.
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