Surface Preparation

Decord, Widetrack and Images can be laid onto any level timber, concrete or fibre cement surface.  The sub floor must be dry, dust free and free from rising damp and loose material.  Any surface in direct contact with the ground must have a waterproof membrane incorporated into it.  The floor finish can only be as good as the sub floor condition and preparation.  If required, a levelling compound should be used.


Any old surfacing materials or malthold should be completely removed.  All surfaces should be sealed using a proprietary sealer to the manufacturers’ recommendations and be allowed to dry.


Particle board floors should be sanded and made dust free and sealed using a proprietary sealer following the manufacturers’ instructions.  Tongue & groove flooring that is uneven should be overlaid with 45mm hardboard nailed at 150mm centres.  Any old floors should be thoroughly cleaned and, if necessary, sanded and sealed to ensure adequate adhesion.

Vinyl, PVC & Linoleum

Decord, Widetrack and Images may be applied over existing resilient flooring provided that the existing floor is soundly adhered to the sub floor.  Any old polishes or oils must be totally removed.  Gloss and smooth surfaces should be sanded and made dust free.  Check with the adhesive manufacturer to ensure compatibility.


We DO NOT recommend the use of pressure sensitive adhesives with our carpets, use of this type of adhesive will void product warranty.

Extreme caution must be taken when using solvent based adhesives or aromatic hydrocarbons (ie Toluene or Mineral Turps).  These solvents can soften and/or dissolve the carpet backing dramatically reducing the performance and serviceable life of the carpet.

Where adhesives containing solvents are used, it is the responsibility of the specifier/installer to ascertain their suitability from the adhesive manufacturer.

Manufacturers’ recommendations particularly tack times, must be followed exactly to allow for solvent release prior to placement of the carpet.  The carpet manufacturer will not warrant any installation where the latex backing and/or fibre has been softened/dissolved due to the use of solvent based aromatic adhesives and accepts no liability for delay/failure or damage attributed to incorrect adhesive use.

Adhesive Suppliers

Gilt Edge Industries:

(09) 579 7067
(09) 921 1994
(09) 579 4100 ext. 266


Only suitably qualified trades people should be contracted to install our carpet.  A well laid carpet will provide years of trouble free performance and durability with minimum maintenance.

Ensure carpet from only one batch is used for each job.  Inspect the carpet for any damage, manufacturing defects or foreign material before cutting or installing.

Please notify us immediately if you discover a manufacturing defect is present as no claims for labour or material will be accepted where faulty product has been installed without prior approval.

Ensure the carpet is laid in a continuous direction by ensuring the arrows printed on the back all point the same way.  Where multiple rolls are required it is important to lay consecutive rolls in sequence.  Roll numbers are printed on the packaging alongside the batch number.

Where joining of the carpet is required it must be double cut.  For this process, seams must be overlaid by approximately 40mm and both layers cut vertically with a sharp knife and straight edge – this ensures a perfect fit.  For Ribbed carpets, ensure that the ribs are aligned and the cut made in the valley between the ribs of the carpet in both layers simultaneously.  Butt joining of the carpet is NOT recommended.  Knee or power stretchers MUST NOT be used.

DO NOT loose lay.

Adhesives must be evenly spread across the floor surface, spread only enough adhesive for a workable area.  Recommended tack times should be strictly adhered to before laying in carpet, paying particular attention to this during hot, cold or particularly humid conditions, in all cases consult the manufacturers’ instructions.

Knaplock bars should be used at all unprotected edges and high traffic stair edges.

To ensure adhesive transfer to the carpet, all installations should be rolled immediately (carpet roller only – not vinyl), after laying to ensure adequate adhesion is achieved.  All drops should be rolled from the centre out towards the edges and joins to ensure no air is trapped under the carpet, which will cause air bubbles to show on the surface.  You must inspect the job 2-4 hours following completion.  Should any air bubbles occur, you must re-roll carpet in accordance with instructions.

Heavy traffic and furniture must not be permitted for a minimum period of 24 hours.  This period may need to be extended in poor curing conditions or with specific adhesives.  The carpet should be protected from damage from other trades after installation.

Decord and Widetrack may be laid on conventional timber decking provided decking gaps do not exceed 5mm, however, gaps may still be visible through carpet.


This specification assumes good trade practices will be upheld at all times. The relevant guidelines of AS/NZ 2455.1:2007 – Textile floor coverings – installation practice must also be upheld. The above installation specification is for the direct stick method only. Should any underlay be required, please consult the double bond installation specification. Images, Decord, Widetrack Multisport, Eurograss, Raider, Reef and Avondale are the only products suitable for both indoor and outdoor applications. These carpets are not suitable for use on pontoons or on butynol surfaces.

When laying ribbed carpet in doorways and on ramps, it must be laid at right angles to the traffic path to ensure maximum skid resistance and scrapability.

Decord and Widetrack may be laid on conventional timber decking provided decking gaps do not exceed 5mm, however, gaps may still be visible through carpet.

Autex Industries Ltd, the manufacturer, reserves the right to withdraw any warranty implied or expressed when the guidelines of these installation specifications are exceeded or not upheld. No request for credit (material and/or labour) will be accepted where these specifications have not been adhered to and/or Autex Carpets have not given their expressed written approval for deviation and/or for remedial work to be carried out.