We want to install commercial carpet in a basement that currently has damaged linoleum/vinyl tiles over concrete. Can we use carpet tape around the parameter or do we need to install tack strips? We plan to install padding underneath the carpet.
You have to get rid of the linoleum for sure. When I installed carpet as a helper to a professional, we always used tack strip. They sell it with concrete nails, but it takes a strong hammer blow to get each nail in. If you don't hit it hard enough, some concrete will just chip. Be prepared for tennis elbow.