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Carpet tiles

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Carpet tiles

Carpet tiles are warm to stand on, comfortable and quiet to walk over and are available in a variety of colours. They make a resilient surface covering and come in varying qualities that are graded according to usage. From heavy-duty styles, velvet piles through to inexpensive cords.

Once you have decided on the tile, note its length and width and measure the room carefully. Measure its length and divide it by the length of one tile. Round up the number of tiles to the next whole number. Now measure the width of the room and divide that by the width of the tile, round up the number of tiles to the nearest whole number. Multiply the two whole numbers together. This will give the number of tiles required to tile the room. Try our Floor Tile Calculator page to give you a rough guide to the number required.

It is always worth buying a few extra tiles, as they are very easy to replace if necessary, due to heavy staining or wearing. Also the tiles can also be rearranged if some key areas wear faster than others. This will keep the wear even throughout the room.

They are easy to cut and are suitable for areas where complicated cuts have to be made.

Laying the tiles

Use the adhesive recommended by the manufacturer, as some require flooring adhesive, contact adhesive or self-adhesive techniques.

Follow the instructions carefully and take care to lay the first tile correctly, as its position will determine the position of all the other tiles in the room. Use a batten nailed to the floor to give a straight edge to guide the positioning of the tiles. Use a spirit level to check the horizontal level and a straight edge to continually check the position of the tiles on the floor. Continue across the room and work towards the door. Then remove the battens and cut the border tiles and fix in a similar way.

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