How To do a carpet to tile transition
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Carpet to tile transitions are simple for the professional but not easy at all for the doily. If you're a professional you don't need to be reading this article. If you're not a carpet professional then you probably shouldn't try to do your own carpet to tile transition. That being said, if you're up for it I'm happy to explain the basic steps.
Just to be clear, the following carpet to tile transition article is a step by step, do-it-yourself tutorial. However, you may be far better off hiring a professional. Hiring a professional is more than worth the money when you consider that if you make just one mistake you'll probably...
A. Ruin your carpet
B. Ruin your floor
C. Loose a much needed body part
D. Have to listen to your wife whine about the bad job you did.
Making the transition from your newly laid tile to the carpet isn't so difficult but it does take some concentration. I don't normally use a metal bar, or marble threshold, or wooden one either. I prefer a straight carpet to tile transition. However, it's your preference and ultimately your decision.
There's more than one way to do a carpet to tile transition. This step-by-step tutorial is fairly straight forward and will get the job done. You might choose to use a glue-down tack strip or Z-bar to attach your carpet. A "Shim" or "ramp" also may need to be used under the carpet to help give the necessary height so that the carpet is level or slightly higher than your tile.
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First we hope that there's some carpet hanging over the tile.
Here are the carpet tools and supplies that you may need.
Tack strip - which can be purchased at any major home supply store. (There are two different types of tack strips 1. the blue are for wooden sub floors (they have longer, thinner nails) and the red are for concrete sub floors/foundations (they have short, fat nails in them). Make sure you purchase the right tack strip for the job as concrete nails won't hold in wood and wood nails won't go into concrete.
Stair tool. (You can also use a butter knife, a spatula, or a putty knife will probably work best). You will need this to tuck in the carpet
A slotted blade knife
A carpet kicker
• Fold back the carpet and pad so that you have plenty of room to work. I usually fold the carpet and pad back around four feet or so.
• Measure a piece of tack strip to the length of the transition and cut with the stair tool and hammer or hack saw, wearing gloves to avoid the tacks. (I use a hatchet)
• Lay the tack strip so it is 1/4 inch away from the tile and nail it into the floor, making sure the top side tacks are slanted toward the tile. If you are nailing the tack strip into a wood floor then you'll have no problem at all. If you're nailing concrete nails into concrete then you may have a challenge. If you don't have the skill or experience to do this then I recommend that you use a healthy amount of liquid nails to adhere the tack strip to the cement. Give it a day to cure before proceeding to the next step.
• Using a slotted blade knife, trim the padding so that it butts up against the edge of the tack strip. Do not allow the padding to overlap the tack strip, do not leave a gap between the tack strip and the pad.
• Cut the carpet using your slotted blade knife so that it is even with the tile.
• Using the carpet kicker, stretch the carpet to overlap the tack strip by 1/4 inch.
• Secure the carpet on the tacks, pressing firmly to ensure it is fastened. This would be a good time to shoot a few carpet staples through the carpet and into the tack strip below. If you do use staples, be sure that the staples land between the rows of nap and not on top of them. If you staple down the nap you'll see dents.
• Tuck the edge of the carpet into the 1/4-inch gap between the tack strip and the tile using a the stair tool or putty knife and taking care not to snag and unravel the carpet fibers.
• If you would like to be certain that the carpet will never come up, place a bead of latex glue inside the gap
between the tack strip and the carpet.