How to Install Carpet Tiles With Foam Backing

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Foam-backed carpeting is a great way to save time installing carpet flooring in rooms with less foot traffic. It costs less than the common jute-backed carpet, and beginners should be able to install them easily because it doesn't require tack strip of laying separate padding. Foam backing also adds insulation to the floor. Follow these steps to lay foam-backed carpet padding.

Prepare to Lay the Carpet

To lay foam-backed carpet, you need:

  • work gloves
  • pry bar 
  • putty knife
  • carpet knife 
  • hammer
  • wall paper
  • seam roller
  • paper underlay
  • double-sided adhesive tape
  • carpet seam tape
  • finishing nails
  • wood filler

Move furniture to another room, remove old carpeting, and vacuum or sweep the sub floor. If there are baseboards, pry the nails with a pry bar and lay materials aside. Check the floor for scratches or holes, and fill them with wood filler

Lay the Paper Backing and Carpet Adhesive

A paper underlay prevents the carpet backing from sticking to the floor and getting dirty. Begin laying the underlay at one corner of the room, and roll to the opposite side.

Unroll two to three feet of underlay at a time, cutting it off the roll with the utility knife. Use the utility knife to flatten the paper, and staple it down.

Lay double-sided carpet tape on the top edges of the paper around the room. Add another layer of tape, if necessary.

Install the Carpet

Unroll the carpet, and fit the edge to the longest wall, and run the pile from windows. If it has a design, keep the pattern in the middle of the room. Run your hand over the carpet after you lay the first section. If it feels smooth, you have laid the pile correctly.

Trim the carpet so the edges come two inches on the wall, holding the carpet knife at a 45-degree angle, but don't over trim. To lay the carpet on corners, fold the top portion of the carpet to you, hold the position with your finger, and use the putty knife to press the fold into the corner. Utility knives can be used, but carpet knives make the job easier, 

To join multiple sections of carpet, tape the seams of both pieces together, placing the tape strips no more than one-inch apart. After laying the carpet, secure them with carpet tape. Cut small pieces of adhesive at a time. 

Bumps in the carpet should naturally flatten. To secure the carpet at the doorway, nail down a metal carpet strip. 

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