Carpet Tiles: Easy to replace, Easy to install.

carpet tilesa re an affordable and easy to lay flooring optionWhen looking for a cheap and easy solution to a space carpet tiles are cheap and DIY possible.

The most common use for carpet tiles are in office spaces and leased commercial properties. The reason being they are cheap, and easy to replace when tenants or business change. This regularly happens as business’ grow or new ones emerge.

Carpet tiles are also useful as they are modular, when damage or stains occur, a single tile can be lifted and replaced easily.

Installing Carpet Tiles

Measuring the space

Measure the dimensions for your area in square meters for your order from wholesaleflooringonline.com.au

Setting out your lines to make your installation efficient and square, carpet tiles are 500mmx500mm, therefore your straight line to follow needs to be set either 450mm off of your outside wall, or alternatively 225mm off the outside wall. This allows for minimal waste of material. Make sure your line right angle to this is set at a similar position to the parallel wall, again to minimise waste.

Spreading your adhesive

RLA GS444 Green Solutions Ghm Pressure Sensitive Adhesive is applied with a paint roller, get yourself an extension pole and save your back, you’ll be leaning over enough shortly!!!!

Laying the Carpet Tiles – Design Options

carpet tile design options are endless
Your designs can be infinite or incredibly simple.

Let your adhesive dry out and go “tacky”

Now you’re ready to install. Begin laying the tiles either monolithic (all in the same direction) or a Checkerboard pattern(alternate directions).

There is an incredible variety of tile laying pattern options. Monolithic (on left above) or Checkerboard (on right above) are just a few.
There is an incredible variety of tile laying pattern options. Monolithic (on left above) or Checkerboard (on right above) are just a few to consider.

Install the tiles along your lines first to keep the room square. Once the main area is laid you need to cut in the edge tiles. Templating is the easiest way.

Cutting the Carpet Tiles to Fit

Lay a new tile on top of the last full tile laid. Then butt another tile against the wall or skirting, score a line along the edge of the overlapped tile. Pick up the tile laid on top of the last full tile, bend the tile and its should break along the score line. Use your knife to make a final cut along the broken line. The tile will fit in the edge tile space perfectly.

Continue these cuts until the room in finished.

You have an easy to maintain office, commercial or temporary floor covering.

How to Measure for Flooring

How much flooring do you need?

Buying online is a modern and contemporary approach to every part of life. It can be almost impossible to imagine starting the management of your renovation yourself without the knowledge or even knowing where the start line for your renovation is.

Let’s help….

You’ll need a tape measure.

You know which room you need to update or remind yourself you had a life before the 18 yrs someone else stole it…..

Games room, guest room, music room or a revamp of the living/social space.

2 easy steps

Measure the space

Divide the space into simple shapes(luckily builders can’t see much past a square even though they rarely build anything close!!!)

Measuring your room for flooring

Measure each square individually. Let’s work in metres (m)

The length of the room multiplied by the width of the room. 4 x 5 = 20

The sum of these squares equals the total space.

Understanding your overorder

We have to allow for waste material, the waste from flooring is the offcut from the last tile/plank from a row of the modular floor covering.

Very often with modular flooring(tiles/planks, meaning a floor covering supplied in multiple parts and not a consistent sheet) we can use the offcut to start the next row or fill another area requiring a cut piece.

Therefore we don’t have a huge amount of waste, 7 – 10% of extra material is required for wasted material that cannot be reused after it has been cut from piece already used.

Your required material.

Example

  1. Lounge+hall+bedroom 1 = total area
  2. Floor space: 20 + 8 + 12 = 40
  3. Overorder: 40 x 1.1 = 44
  4. => 44 m2

That’s your order – 44 m2

Talk to us if you want any help preparing your order, we want to help!

Vinyl Plank or Tile Installation

Vinyl floors are a versatile and hardwearing floor covering. With the designs and patterns available in the current market there is often a solution to any flooring need including domestic and commercial environments.

Vinyl Installation is a skilled process and it is recommended to use a professional in most circumstances. The following process will help you understand the stages required.

Sub Floor Preparation

Subfloor preparation is a key aspect for a vinyl floor covering. The nature of the product is to conform to the undulations of the subfloor. This means we must try and reduce the imperfections to the absolute minimum to get the desired finish.

Concrete subfloors must be cleaned and primed.
Followed by a screed of a self levelling compound, a commonly used product is Ardex K009. This has a relatively quick drying time and gives a very smooth finish.

 

 

Timber subfloors generally require a Masonite sheeting to be laid over the existing floor to create a smoother surface to lay on.

Once the subfloor preparation is completed a final stage of sanding the floor with a polydactyl or flooring sander will smooth out and final imperfections.

Laying The Vinyl

Depending on whether you choose a loose lay vinyl product or a direct stick product you will either use a pressure sensitive adhesive or an acrylic vinyl adhesive respectively.

In large areas it is advisable to begin in the middle of the room.

Firstly take measurements of your tiles and the room, to find your centreline to begin from you should make sure you are creating the least waste of product possible, this will mean having a cut just shy of a full width of a tile or just shy of half a width of a tile.

Once you have achieved your centre line you can spread your pressure sensitive adhesives or acrylic vinyl adhesive with a paint roller or 1.5mm v notched trowel respectively.

 

Starting from the centre line lay the tile/planks in a staggered manner.

 

When you come to the edges of the room and you require cuts to be made there are some simple rules that can help achieve a tight fit.

Overlay a tile on the previous row(tile already in the adhesive next to the area the cut will fulfil)

 

Then use another full tile and butt it off of the edge you are cutting into.

 

Using a Stanley knife with a sharp blade carefully score along the inside edge of the full tile against the wall/skirting.

 

Once scored the tile should be easily slit down the templates score line. Cutting from the back side finish cutting the excess tile away. Using the Stanley knife cut rough edges from the back of the tiles cut edge at a 45 degree angle.

This process should be carried out over areas of around 5/10m2 at a time to sure the adhesive stays within useful working times.

Key factors are not to rush and to be very particular with your floor preparation.

 

Happy Vinyl Laying!!!!!