I wonder if anyone can tell what is the best way (i.e. the way that
does least damage to the existing floor) to install carpet over
I am no fan of hardwood floors at all, but realise that any potential
future buyer might be quite keen to know there is hardwood flooring
under the carpet, and so I want to try and minimise any damage I might
Thanks for your help,
A possibility (I did this): Get very large area rugs cut to size, leaving
about a foot away from each wall, with a pad beneath. No nail holes. Only
damage (not serious) may be uneven fading of the floor, depending on
I did this but had an additional problem. The guy who finished thee custom
size area rugs did a mediocre job using binding staples. Some were sharp
thru the cloth binding edge and over the years scratched the floor. Also
had major fading.
To install wall to wall carpeting, tack strips have to be put around the
perimeter and that will leave some holes and potentially other damage.
You could consider an area rug leaving a border. While you may not like HW
floors, it can greatly enhance the resale value so you are right in trying
to preserve them. Talk to the carpet dealer also to be su re the padding is
not going to cause a problem.
Another vote on the padding suggestion. Some rubber padding ends up sticking
to the wood. Getting off the residue means hacking the bejeezus out of the
floor, and you end up having to refinish them. That means either lots of
money, or lots of work.
. Talk to the carpet dealer also to be su re the padding
Main damage to hardwood isn't usually the tack strips, nasty as those are.
It is the grit that filters through carpet grinding holes in the finish, and
the liquid oopsies, especially the pet/human sourced ones, that don't get
immediately cleaned up because the carpet hides them, or the owner doesn't
have time to roll the carpet back and clean the spill properly.
Being an allergy sufferer, hardwood floors would be a BIG plus to me in any
house I looked at. No carpets too big to throw in washing machine.
I am very surprised that no one has suggested Legato carpet tiles,
available at Home Depot.
They use no tackstrips or adhesive. I've used them and they work and
look great. Just be sure you follow the directions very carefully.
Kurt Richardson wrote:
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