How to Carpet on Top of Asbestos Tiles

Updated February 21, 2017

Asbestos tiles can be dangerous for homeowners to remove on their own. However, asbestos tiles can also be an eyesore. Instead of living with ugly and worn tiles, many homeowners choose to cover the tiles with carpeting. Carpeting over asbestos tiles is not any different than carpeting over a typical subfloor. Before installing the carpet, clean the asbestos tile floor thoroughly. This will help to keep dirt and debris from causing lumps under the carpeting.

Secure tack strips around the perimeter of the room. You can attach the tack strips directly over the top of the asbestos tiles. Apply construction adhesive on the back of the tack strip, then nail the strip into place with a hammer and nails. Space the tack strips approximately 3/8 inch from the walls. Let the construction adhesive dry per manufacturer directions.

Apply padding adhesive to the asbestos tile floor per manufacturer directions. Roll the padding out on top of the adhesive. Cut the padding to size with a utility knife. Tape the seams in the padding with duct tape.

Roll the carpet out on top of the carpet padding. Avoid seaming the carpet together when possible.

Complete necessary seams in the carpet by cutting a straight edge in the carpeting with a utility knife. Apply latex seam sealer to the carpet edges. Let the seam sealer dry completely. Place the seam tape under the two edges of the seam. Iron the seaming tape with a seaming iron. This will activate the glue on the tape. Press the carpet edges into the tape and allow the glue on the tape to dry completely.

Use a knee kicker to hook the edges of the carpet onto the tack strips.

Use a stair chisel and hammer to shove the edges of the carpet down into the tack strips. Cut the extra carpet away from the wall with a double-blade wall trimmer. Force the cut carpet edge down into the space between the tack strip and the wall.

Stretch the carpet with a power stretcher. This will pull the carpeting tight.

Use door transition moulding to secure the carpeting at the doorway.

Things You'll Need

  • Tack strips
  • Construction adhesive
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Carpet padding adhesive
  • Carpet padding
  • Utility knife
  • Duct tape
  • Carpet
  • Straight edge
  • Latex seam sealer
  • Seaming tape
  • Seaming iron
  • Knee kicker
  • Stair chisel
  • Double blade wall trimmer
  • Power carpet stretcher
  • Transition mouldings
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