Installing Outdoor Carpet
Nowadays there is a wide selection of both colors and textures from the very plush to the basic. In addition, you can even choose different grades of carpet. So all that is left to learn is how to install an outdoor carpet.
Utility Knife – guarantee the blade is sharp
50 lb Carpet Roller – optional but well worth the rental fee due to the nice tight seal it provides
Adhesive solvent (mild)
Double faced carpet tape
Solvent To Make Sure The Surface is Clean
A few things you should know:
- Adhesives are flammable so never use around open flames, cigarettes, pilot lights, or any other source of flame.
- If you are purchasing an outdoor carpet that is going to be vulnerable to dampness or serious wetness be sure the carpet has an all weather marine backing that is resistant to moisture.
- Outdoor carpet comes in either 6 foot or 12 foot widths.
- Sundecks or areas which get a great deal of sun should be installed using a quality outdoor carpet adhesive to ensure there are no issues with either rot or mildew.
1. Ready your surface
Ensure that you have properly prepared your surface by using a solvent to remove all dirt and grime. Allow it to dry out completely before installing the carpet. The most effective conditions for installing your carpet are in a humidity range from 10% to 65%, and temperatures between 55 F and 95 F.
Unroll the carpet in the area where you are going to install it. Let it sit for an hour or so to allow for expansion.
3. Tape room
Get your two sided double tape and put the tape around the outer edge of the room on the sub floor. Be certain there is no more than a 2 foot spacing in between every strip of tape. Leave the protective paper on the top side of the tape so they won’t lose the adhesion.
4. Center It
Next, center the carpet within the room. Position it so the edges can easily curl up against the wall. Allow at least 3″ on every side. You can trim excess away afterward.
5. Cut A Ways
Trim around protrusion and outside corner edges by means of making a vertical slice down the carpet. Don’t forget cutting a corner correctly makes installing your carpet less difficult.
6. Inside Corners
To suit your carpet on inside corners you have to do a V cut where it over laps. Move slow and cautiously when making these cuts in order that you do not cut too far.
If your room has to be seamed be sure you have the pile running in the same direction so that the seam is the least noticeable. You need to overlap from 2 to 3 inches.
To create a double cut seam take your straight edge and utility knife and then cut through both layers at exactly the same time using the tools together.
8. Wall To Center
Begin against the wall and then fold the carpet back halfway but don’t move the half that still down.
9. Use Adhesive
If you are performing a permanent installation this is when you will use your adhesive (make sure the room is well ventilated). Obtain a notched spreader, apply adhesive, and then apply the adhesive to the sub floor. Following the directions on the adhesive.
At this time slowly roll the carpet you rolled back earlier back into place. Smooth out any bumps while still ensuring it is lining up properly.
Repeat the whole process above for the other side of the room this time.
12. Carpet Roller
At this moment rather, take your carpet roller (if you rented one) and run it across the entire carpet to get the adhesive to correctly adhere all over the carpet.
Now it is time to use the sharp utility knife and trim away the excess on the edges around the outside of the room. In addition, the time has come to clip any threads you see as well so that they don’t start to unravel.
14. Clean Up
Clean away any excess adhesive with a mild solvent. Refer to the directions provided by the manufacturer.
15. Connecting The Dots
Or in this instance, connect the rooms. Lastly, in case you are laying outdoor carpet in more than one room, use metal binder strips to cover the join.