How to Join Tile to Carpet

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Tiles and carpet often intersect as they serve different functions and decor for different rooms of the house. The joining of the two varying surfaces can be tricky because carpet can become frayed and loose if not properly installed. Sometimes ceramic tiles are installed in the front entryways of houses in order to maintain cleanliness and to prolong the lifespan of the carpet. Simply joining tile and carpet is sufficient as long as the job is clean and neat.

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Things you need

  • Razor
  • Straight edge
  • Z-bar
  • Tacking strip
  • Tacking glue
  • Mallet (rubber or wooden)

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  1. 1

    Cut the carpet about 1/2 inch longer than where it will meet the tile. Make sure to cut the carpet in a straight line with a razor or the job will turn out messy. Use a straight edge while cutting to ensure a straight line.

  2. 2

    Attach the Z-bar with tacking strip. A tacking strip is a thin strip of wood with short nails embedded into it at an angle. A Z-bar is a metal strip in a "Z" shape that is used to tuck the carpet. Attach the Z-bar under the tacking strip with tacking glue.

  3. 3

    Set the tacking strip. Place the tacking strip with its attached Z-bar 3/8 inches away from the tiles' edge. Set it with tacking glue. Make sure that the nails from the tacking strip are slanted away from the carpet.

  4. 4

    Tuck the carpet. Tuck the overlapping carpet underneath the Z-bar. Use a rubber or wooden mallet to hammer the carpet into the short nails as well as the nails into the subfloor.

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