Recently I wrote regarding the requirement for a wrinkle-blocking plan with your basement finishing project. And while this plan isn’t made to remove any potential forehead wrinkles a result of the stress of these a project, it could help eliminate that as well!
Seriously though, the wrinkle-blocking plan we’re discussing this is the engineered to be likely to maintain the carpet inside your basement finishing project from developing unsightly wrinkles or bubbles down the road.
As previously referred to, a power-stretcher is a vital tool in installing carpet so that it won’t wrinkle down the road yet it’s not the only important aspect of your respective wrinkle-blocking plan (see our previous article: “A Basement Finishing Wrinkle You Have to Think About” for more).
The power-stretcher is pointless in the event the tack strip holding your carpet set up isn’t strong and wide enough to keep the stretch that comes from the power-stretcher. Thus, a strong, wide tack strip could be the other vital component of a good basement finishing wrinkle-blocking plan.
Ask your contractor what sort of tack strip is going to be used to keep the carpet on your basement finishing project. In my experience, there are 2 acceptable answers: Tri-Tack (1-1/2″ of the strip) or two rows of 1″ strip (total of 2″ of the strip).
Ask your contractor what sort of tack strip is installed. The type of sub-floor you’ve is vital. If the sub-floor is concrete in your basement, finishing it with carpet helps it be much more comfortable, but provides its problem; the concrete nails in tack strip don’t always hold well. In this case, the answer you are considering out of your contractor is the tack strip will probably be glued after which nailed.
If you have a wood subfloor inside your basement, finishing it is going to be easier. The nails inside tack strip hold much-better in wood, and it is going to be a bonus should your basement finishing contractor notify you the tack strip has extra nails installed.
The real advantage that stronger and wider tack strip has is extra gripping power and extra strength from taking out in the sub-floor. This equals sufficient grip and strength to support the massive stretch applied by the power-stretcher during installation.
You’ll get enough rest at night knowing that the wrinkle-blocking plan you employed on your basement finishing efforts will make sure a lovely basement for a long time.