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3 Things to Know for Installing Carpet Tile

Although carpet tiles are one of the easiest flooring options to install, certain things must first be done to ensure the installation goes smoothly and without issues down the road.

In this post, I'll go over 3 key things you should have or know before installing your carpet tiles. With any new flooring, be sure to thoroughly read the instructions from the manufacturer to ensure all steps of the install now and in the future will go off without a hitch.

1. Preparation

Whether or not you have the carpet tiles picked out, you'll first need to know what type of subfloor it will cover. Preparation is the foundation and most important step for any project, so be thorough at all times during this step. All carpet tiles require any existing floor to be removed that isn't bonded directly to the subfloor. 

In other words, any existing carpet, floating vinyl or laminate plank flooring systems must be completely removed first before installing carpet tiles. However, glued or nailed down hardwood floors, glued down linoleum/vinyl,  or ceramic/porcelain/stone tiles can be a suitable base IF they are level and firmly secured to the subfloor.

Any gaps, deep grout joints or missing areas must be addressed first, or the carpet tiles going over it may not bond properly. For painted floors, most carpet tiles can be installed over them.

Clean the existing floor/subfloor, and make sure it is dry from water/cleaning products before continuing.

You can now use a level to ensure the existing floor or subfloor is suitable for the new carpet tiles. The key is to have an 1/8" or less of level floor per square foot. Any imperfections can be repaired using self-leveling floor compound.

Once the floor is dry, you can now calculate how much carpet tiles are needed. Each manufacturer makes their coverage vary via square footage, so finding that information from them is extremely important so you get the right amount of tiles. Be sure to add 10 percent for extra waste as well in your final tally.

2. Tools Needed

Once you have prepared the floor for the new carpet tiles, now you will need the following tools to get started on the installation:

  • Utility or carpet knife

  • chalk line

  • tape measure

  • knee pads

  • level (even after prep work to ensure the final tiles are level)

Once you have all the tools, as well as the correct amount of carpet tiles, and the subfloor is ready, now you can proceed to step 3.

3. Applying the Carpet Tiles

Now you are ready to install your carpet tiles. To get started, you'll find the center part of the room where they will be installed. With the chalk line, you will make a cross, or lower case t shape, and where the points meet is where the layout/install of the tiles begin.

You will start there by going outwards, instead of starting on the edge. This is because the room most likely won't be perfectly square, it will make the tiles look better, and it will reduce the chances of cutting the tiles.

Almost all tiles will have a film backing you will need to remove and with arrows indicating the direction of where patterns will go. This is important, as to get a correct pattern, like checkerboard is key making sure the install is correct. 

The diagram below demonstrates this beginning layout setup.

Once you start, it will be easy for the installation process with using knee pads and the carpet knife.

For any additional questions you may have regarding installing carpet tiles, or any type of flooring in general, please do not hesitate to ask us here.


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Posted 2015-08-05T15:35:29+0000  by Joseph_HD_ATL Joseph_HD_ATL