In recent times, carpet tiles have become a very popular alternative to regular carpets. They offer more flexibility in terms of removing, washing, and cleaning. In case of a worn-out tile, you can substitute only that portion instead of replacing the entire carpet. They are highly versatile; you can get them in a wide variety of colors, textures, and designs that will suit any purpose.
If you have small kids and/or pets in your house, then they may be a good option for flooring. The only requirement is regular vacuuming and brushing. One of the major advantages is that they can be installed easily, irrespective of the room size and shape. You can save money by laying them on your own without hiring anyone.
Always opt for the superior quality products. Otherwise, there is no guarantee regarding the color, comfort, and durability. You should also buy some extra tiles for future use, as you may not get the same color tile later.
Though these tiles come in different thickness and texture, usually they are available in 18 x 18 inch size. You can opt for any of the two types: dry-backed and self-sticking. As the name suggests, dry-backed requires a special adhesive, whereas self-sticking can be laid directly. You will require large sharp cutting scissors, double-sided tape (especially for dry-backed type), chalk line, measuring tape, and cutting board while working on this task.
Before starting the task, vacuum clean and dry the floor. You should remove old floor coverings, if any. Leave the tiles aside for acclimatization, as per the manufacturer's guidelines. For laying them, draw chalk lines diagonally and also by joining the midpoints of opposite walls. Find out the center of the room, where the lines meet. Mark the reference lines starting from the central point.
For the dry-backed type, lay the double-sided tape along the chalk lines and around the perimeter of the room. Start laying them along the reference lines; you can complete one full row at a time. The edges should be aligned adjacent to one another with no space in between. While laying, ensure that the pattern or design is maintained symmetrically. You can check for arrows beneath the tiles (if any) for determining the direction. Apply slight pressure, so that they stick properly to the adhesive.
Once done, you can cut one of the perimeter tile such that it fits the room wall exactly. The others can be cut with reference to this tile. By following these steps carefully, you can install them correctly. These tiles are perfect for any type of room, with the exception of the kitchen and bathroom.