Our step-by-step guide for installing Standard Carpets flooring solutions
The nature of the carpet materials requires you to get them used to the climatic conditions that it will be exposed to after installation. The Carpet tiles from Standard Carpets should be unpacked and allowed to condition in an area having a minimum temperature of 16°C for at least 24 hours before it is laid.
Before you start laying the Carpet tiles from Standard Carpets, it is important to understand the position and depth of cables and water pipes in the floor and all preliminary work, such as the fixing of floor sockets for service plugs, should be complete. The base should be firm and dry and floors should be cleared of all debris. All traces of old floor coverings and adhesive residues must be removed and, if necessary, the surface treated with floor smoothing underlayment. Any necessary preparation should be carried out in good time, to allow for setting and drying of any smoothing underlayment.
An efficient damp proof membrane should be incorporated in the construction of solid floors at ground or below ground level, or where moisture may become apparent.
Steel measuring tape, chalk line, carpet knife and a straight edge.
Determine the centre of the room and starting (or datum) point using standard tile-laying methods. The resulting quadrants should meet at right angles. Offsetting the centre chalk line may be necessary to ensure that the perimeter tiles will be at least half-size or larger. In some cases, due to doorways or partitions, the starting point is not the centre of the room.
From the starting point, install one row of tiles accurately and firmly along each of the chalk lines.
Alignment: As tiles are butted against each other, frequently check the joints with your fingers to ensure they are properly aligned.
Tightness: Care should be taken at all stages of installation to ensure that the tiles are tightly butted together, with the backing of adjacent tiles touching. The face pile should be brushed back, placed on the floor and pulled in to touch the adjoining tiles, avoiding any pile being caught in the joint. Loose joints will result in movement and poor floor performance. Avoid too much pressure on adjoining tiles as this will cause them to “peak” or “buckle”.
Cutting: At perimeters with the tile face side down, accurately measure and mark the tile on the backing. Using a carpet knife and straight edge, cut through the backing. NB: Tiles can also be top cut.
Fit the perimeter cut with manufactured edge adjoining the last complete tile, then cut the edge to the perimeter.
Stairways and Vertical Surfaces
Carpet tiles from Standard Carpets can be installed on stairways provided a suitable nosing is fitted.
Tiles fitted to treads and risers of stairs, and all other vertical surfaces, must be secured with an approved adhesive used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
Consideration for neat and tight fitting around mat wells and expansion joints should be given. Under no circumstances should expansion joints be filled with screed and the floor covering taken across.
Until the area is completed, with all perimeter tiles in position, walking upon and/or movement of furniture on the installation should be avoided. Heavy furniture or wheeled traffic can dislodge the carpet tiles under certain conditions. To avoid this during the movement and placement of heavy items, sheets of plywood or hardboard should be laid over the carpet.
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