Yes! Carpets can be installed over tiled floors. However, this isn’t a straightforward process and there are some considerations to bear in mind to avoid typical pitfalls.
This is definitely a job for professional installers & ameture-thinking DIYers should not risk the task. This process needs great knowledge & supervision.
WHY LAY CARPET OVER THE FLOORING?
There are numerous reasons why you might consider laying carpet over your existing tile floor. Maybe the tile flooring at your house has gone old or outdated & you want to restore the look of your house or property without the cost of ripping up the existing floor.
It could be that your present tiles are too cold and make your room chilly, so you want to make them warmer and softer. Your house might have a tiled downstairs space that you desire to make more comfortable & smoother without breaking the bank.
Or, if you’re a tenant, you might even want to cover over tile floors to make your home warmer & more comfortable without affecting the original tiled floor underneath, so you can easily pull the carpet up whenever you decide to move out.
CAN YOU LAY CARPET OVER ANY TILE FLOORING?
It is possible to lay carpet over tile as long as the current flooring is in good condition. If the tiles are broken or crummy, you will need to fix the broken or faulty tiles first & fill in those spaces with something like Rapid cement to ensure the sub-floor is even, flat & smooth.
It might not be a good idea to lay carpet over existing tiles in other cases where you have unusually wide & deep grouting between tiles. For example, enclosed patio areas with large terracotta tiles have extra deep & wide grouting. Traditional ceramic tiles with 1.5mm to 3mm grout lines are perfectly suitable to be carpeted over, provided the tile flooring is in good condition.
An important thing to note when considering whether to lay carpet over your tile flooring is that you would not be able to use the flooring again. There will be some damage to the perimeter tiling where the carpet is glued & nailed down, so the original flooring will not be intact if you wanted to pull up the carpet at a later date.
Carpets can also be laid over tile flooring as a temporary measure, for instance, for tenants needing a warmer environment while conserving the original flooring. In this case, the carpet is directly applied over the tiles without nailing or glue, kind of like a wall-to-wall rug.
WHAT TYPE OF CARPET IS IDEAL FOR LAYING OVER A TILED FLOOR?
When it comes to laying carpet over an existing tiled floor & making sure you use decent underlay, it’s best to choose a carpet with a pile like a twist pile, which will further ensure you do not see any fluctuations.
Avoid thin, flat carpets with tight loop piles that can be particularly unforgiving for minor undulations in the subfloor. However, even light & thin carpets are normally okay if you utilize a good underlay, which should absorb any small undulations.
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