What Are Carpet Tiles?

What are Carpets Tiles? More than likely you have seen carpet tiles in airports, offices, and other types of commercial buildings. They are all over the place! As a matter of fact, carpet tiles are the fastest growing segment in the carpet market right now. Carpet tiles are flooring tiles made from a stiff-backed carpet material. Because they are not permanent, it is much easier replacing worn, stained, or damaged carpet tiles than replacing an entire carpet. What we love about carpet tiles even more is that along with commercial settings, they can go in residential properties too! For this very reason, these are ideal to use in extremely high traffic areas, such as a kid’s room. The square sections of carpeting are sometimes used in place of rolled carpeting. Simple carpet tiles make the process of installing carpeting in a room much less messy and complicated. When it comes to variety, carpet tiles are available in endless designs and styles. Carpet tiles can be cleaned and vacuumed the same way as broadloom carpet. You do not have to replace a carpet tile in the case of a spill or stain. However, replacing a carpet tile is also a convenient option.

Styles of Carpet Tile

Carpet tiles come in many different styles and colors. They are available in various sizes, multiple fiber types, pile styles, manufactured types, and adhesive types. This means you can likely find a carpet tile equivalent for the roll of carpet you were considering or would have otherwise used in your home. Carpet tile sections are uniformly constructed as squares that are eighteen by eighteen inches. The carpet tiles are offered with both adhesive and non-adhesive backs. Versions that feature adhesive backs are installed by peeling off the protective sheeting on the backing and affixing the tiles in position on the flooring. Non-adhesive models can be placed in position with the use of double sided carpet tape. It is possible to obtain  many different designs and weaves, just like any form of rolled carpeting. One important difference is that the pile for carpet tiles tends to be shorter than some other forms of carpeting. However, there are still several different grades of thickness that can be purchased. The major difference between standard carpet rolls is the tile backing material. The backing material options include vinyl, fiberglass, vinyl/fiberglass, woven polypropylene, and recycled vinyl. There may be others but these seem to be the most popular. More importantly, the manufacturer’s warranty is something to always to keep in mind. This will protect the carpet tiles against shrinking, buckling and curling. When this happens to the tiles, it throws off the entire look of a room and may present a safety hazard because it is easier to trip and fall.

Choosing Your Carpet Tiles

When choosing carpet tiles for your room, beyond considering the color and style, it is important to remember the bigger picture. Looking at one tile may sell you on it, but envisioning the floor as a whole will help keep the finished floor from looking like a crazy pattern. If you plan on using tiles to create a pattern, envisioning the entire floor will help you create how you intended it to look. It is also important to consider the sizes of the tiles, as they are available in multiple options. The tile size will impact the overall look of the finished floor. Carpet tiles allow for freedom with design, allowing you to give more depth and texture to a room.

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