FAQs

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What is CarpetLOK?

CarpetLOK is a system for installing carpet tiles.  Other methods eliminate wet glue by substituting dry adhesives, but only CarpetLOK eliminates adhesives entirely.  CarpetLOK also precisely aligns carpet tiles with raised access floor panels, which makes change easier & sharply reduces waste.   One tile; one panel; one move.

CarpetLOK is also a physical product that facilitates actual installation.  Each anchor is a small, cruciform component which integrates with the raised floor system & forms a mechanical barrier—every 8’ in both directions—which engages the carpet backing & keeps tiles in place.

How long has the CarpetLOK system been in use?

Large-scale installations commenced in 2010.

What are anchors made of?

Anchors are made in the U.S. from engineered polymers. Virgin resin is used, as the variable content of recycled plastics cannot deliver the precision required in anchor dimensions.

As each anchor weighs only 1/4 ounce, just 8 ounces will install & align 1,000 square feet of floor-covering.

Will I be able to tell anchors are in place?

No.  Anchors cannot be detected—either visually or by “feel”—once carpet is laid.

We’ve often been on site when a designer or facility manager demonstrating the system to colleagues wants to reveal an anchor…& can’t find one.  (This is the only situation in which you may need to lift extra tiles!)

How far do anchors extend above the floor panels?

The top of each anchor extends a tiny fraction of an inch, by design reaching slightly below the top of the carpet tile backing.

What keeps anchors from being damaged if run over by hard-wheeled dollies or book carts?

They’re well-protected: the top of each anchor lies within the plane of the backing material & below the carpet pile.

Note that anchors are typically exposed to an active construction environment for weeks between floor & carpet installation.  The occasional anchor gets replaced (extras are supplied), but they’re remarkably resilient.

How do I get info for my planned project?

For your 1st CarpetLOK project, we recommend reviewing the video courses on this site & browsing the documentation in our Library.  Your raised floor dealer or rep can usually answer any remaining questions…but we’re also available to help with specific application concerns;  write to support@CarpetLOK.com

How are anchors attached to the floor system?

Anchors have locating studs for precise positioning on pedestal heads, but are held in place by the floor panels.  (Unless all panels at an intersection are removed, anchors stay put.)

Are more anchors better? Can I put anchors @ every intersection?

In a word…no.  It’s human nature to think “if they recommend every 8’ on center, then every 4’ will yield a ‘stronger’ or more secure installation.”  However, extensive testing—both in the lab & in the field—proves this is not the case.

The CarpetLOK grid creates “islands” of individual, unrestrained tiles between each set of anchors, & the recommended spacing allows just enough room for lateral forces to be optimally absorbed without causing tiles to dislodge.  Adding more anchors, except in special cases (such as the foot of a ramp), can negatively impact performance.

Why not put adhesive tabs (such as TacTiles) @ every intersection?

The short answer is that—just like adding more anchors—adding adhesive tabs throughout the field will negatively impact performance.  TacTiles combine individual carpet tiles into a single membrane; this can be undesirable, as it allows carpet “waves” to be propagated by rolling loads. In contrast, carpet tiles installed with the CarpetLOK system perform as individual modules & this problem is avoided.

Adhesive tabs are essential, however, for stabilizing the perimeter of every room between each wall & the 1st row of anchors, & also for securing all cut carpet tiles. Releasable adhesive can alternatively be used (sparingly).


Design & Installation

What is CarpetLOK?

CarpetLOK is a system for installing carpet tiles.  Other methods eliminate wet glue by substituting dry adhesives, but only CarpetLOK eliminates adhesives entirely.  CarpetLOK also precisely aligns carpet tiles with raised access floor panels, which makes change easier & sharply reduces waste.   One tile; one panel; one move.

CarpetLOK is also a physical product that facilitates actual installation.  Each anchor is a small, cruciform component which integrates with the raised floor system & forms a mechanical barrier—every 8’ in both directions—which engages the carpet backing & keeps tiles in place.

How long has the CarpetLOK system been in use?

Large-scale installations commenced in 2010.

What are anchors made of?

Anchors are made in the U.S. from engineered polymers. Virgin resin is used, as the variable content of recycled plastics cannot deliver the precision required in anchor dimensions.

As each anchor weighs only 1/4 ounce, just 8 ounces will install & align 1,000 square feet of floor-covering.

Will I be able to tell anchors are in place?

No.  Anchors cannot be detected—either visually or by “feel”—once carpet is laid.

We’ve often been on site when a designer or facility manager demonstrating the system to colleagues wants to reveal an anchor…& can’t find one.  (This is the only situation in which you may need to lift extra tiles!)

How far do anchors extend above the floor panels?

The top of each anchor extends a tiny fraction of an inch, by design reaching slightly below the top of the carpet tile backing.

What keeps anchors from being damaged if run over by hard-wheeled dollies or book carts?

They’re well-protected: the top of each anchor lies within the plane of the backing material & below the carpet pile.

Note that anchors are typically exposed to an active construction environment for weeks between floor & carpet installation.  The occasional anchor gets replaced (extras are supplied), but they’re remarkably resilient.

How do I get info for my planned project?

For your 1st CarpetLOK project, we recommend reviewing the video courses on this site & browsing the documentation in our Library.  Your raised floor dealer or rep can usually answer any remaining questions…but we’re also available to help with specific application concerns;  write to support@CarpetLOK.com

How are anchors attached to the floor system?

Anchors have locating studs for precise positioning on pedestal heads, but are held in place by the floor panels.  (Unless all panels at an intersection are removed, anchors stay put.)

Are more anchors better? Can I put anchors @ every intersection?

In a word…no.  It’s human nature to think “if they recommend every 8’ on center, then every 4’ will yield a ‘stronger’ or more secure installation.”  However, extensive testing—both in the lab & in the field—proves this is not the case.

The CarpetLOK grid creates “islands” of individual, unrestrained tiles between each set of anchors, & the recommended spacing allows just enough room for lateral forces to be optimally absorbed without causing tiles to dislodge.  Adding more anchors, except in special cases (such as the foot of a ramp), can negatively impact performance.

Why not put adhesive tabs (such as TacTiles) @ every intersection?

The short answer is that—just like adding more anchors—adding adhesive tabs throughout the field will negatively impact performance.  TacTiles combine individual carpet tiles into a single membrane; this can be undesirable, as it allows carpet “waves” to be propagated by rolling loads. In contrast, carpet tiles installed with the CarpetLOK system perform as individual modules & this problem is avoided.

Adhesive tabs are essential, however, for stabilizing the perimeter of every room between each wall & the 1st row of anchors, & also for securing all cut carpet tiles. Releasable adhesive can alternatively be used (sparingly).


Specifying & Ordering

What is CarpetLOK?

CarpetLOK is a system for installing carpet tiles.  Other methods eliminate wet glue by substituting dry adhesives, but only CarpetLOK eliminates adhesives entirely.  CarpetLOK also precisely aligns carpet tiles with raised access floor panels, which makes change easier & sharply reduces waste.   One tile; one panel; one move.

CarpetLOK is also a physical product that facilitates actual installation.  Each anchor is a small, cruciform component which integrates with the raised floor system & forms a mechanical barrier—every 8’ in both directions—which engages the carpet backing & keeps tiles in place.

How long has the CarpetLOK system been in use?

Large-scale installations commenced in 2010.

What are anchors made of?

Anchors are made in the U.S. from engineered polymers. Virgin resin is used, as the variable content of recycled plastics cannot deliver the precision required in anchor dimensions.

As each anchor weighs only 1/4 ounce, just 8 ounces will install & align 1,000 square feet of floor-covering.

Will I be able to tell anchors are in place?

No.  Anchors cannot be detected—either visually or by “feel”—once carpet is laid.

We’ve often been on site when a designer or facility manager demonstrating the system to colleagues wants to reveal an anchor…& can’t find one.  (This is the only situation in which you may need to lift extra tiles!)

How far do anchors extend above the floor panels?

The top of each anchor extends a tiny fraction of an inch, by design reaching slightly below the top of the carpet tile backing.

What keeps anchors from being damaged if run over by hard-wheeled dollies or book carts?

They’re well-protected: the top of each anchor lies within the plane of the backing material & below the carpet pile.

Note that anchors are typically exposed to an active construction environment for weeks between floor & carpet installation.  The occasional anchor gets replaced (extras are supplied), but they’re remarkably resilient.

How do I get info for my planned project?

For your 1st CarpetLOK project, we recommend reviewing the video courses on this site & browsing the documentation in our Library.  Your raised floor dealer or rep can usually answer any remaining questions…but we’re also available to help with specific application concerns;  write to support@CarpetLOK.com

How are anchors attached to the floor system?

Anchors have locating studs for precise positioning on pedestal heads, but are held in place by the floor panels.  (Unless all panels at an intersection are removed, anchors stay put.)

Are more anchors better? Can I put anchors @ every intersection?

In a word…no.  It’s human nature to think “if they recommend every 8’ on center, then every 4’ will yield a ‘stronger’ or more secure installation.”  However, extensive testing—both in the lab & in the field—proves this is not the case.

The CarpetLOK grid creates “islands” of individual, unrestrained tiles between each set of anchors, & the recommended spacing allows just enough room for lateral forces to be optimally absorbed without causing tiles to dislodge.  Adding more anchors, except in special cases (such as the foot of a ramp), can negatively impact performance.

Why not put adhesive tabs (such as TacTiles) @ every intersection?

The short answer is that—just like adding more anchors—adding adhesive tabs throughout the field will negatively impact performance.  TacTiles combine individual carpet tiles into a single membrane; this can be undesirable, as it allows carpet “waves” to be propagated by rolling loads. In contrast, carpet tiles installed with the CarpetLOK system perform as individual modules & this problem is avoided.

Adhesive tabs are essential, however, for stabilizing the perimeter of every room between each wall & the 1st row of anchors, & also for securing all cut carpet tiles. Releasable adhesive can alternatively be used (sparingly).