What are carpet tiles?
Carpet tiles, also known as modular carpets or square carpets, are squares cut from wall to wall rolls which can be fitted together to make up a carpet. Carpet tiles are generally available in following sizes: 48×48, 50×50, 60×60 and 96×96 cm.
Some carpet tile providers also offer other shapes and sizes like hexagons and triangles with which the installation, however, does increase in complexity and cost. Carpet tiles are justly popular as a flooring option for commercial environments, such as bars and restaurants, and other relatively uncomplicated projects.
Carpet tiles can be used as an alternative to wall to wall carpet in almost any situation not requiring unique customization and offer easy installation and maintenance, longevity and the same qualities as wall to wall for creating a healthy, comfortable indoor environment.
Here are four important factors to keep in mind when considering carpet tiles for your next project.
1. Carpet tiles equals cost and time savings
With their small size, carpet tiles are considerably easier to lift, move and install when compared to wall to wall carpets. That is one of the main benefits of carpet tiles vs. other types of carpets.
Carpet tiles also typically result in considerably less waste during installation as much less cutting is needed, particularly in rooms with many nooks and odd angles. Some manufacturers also offer very lightweight carpet tiles that make life even easier for carpet installers.
It’s for these reasons that carpet tiles offer considerable cost and time savings over wall to wall carpet – making carpet tiles an ideal choice for projects on a tight budget or tight timeline.
2. Carpet squares are easy to remove and replace
Carpet tiles are not only easy to install, but also easy to remove. Should wear and damage occur, the carpet tiles can readily be replaced individually rather than replacing an entire floor.
Wall to wall carpets can be spot-repaired as well, but the process is often significantly more complicated than it’s the case with carpet tiles, both in terms of ordering a matching segment of carpet and in terms of fitting expertise required.
Another maintenance advantage of carpet tiles is that the squares can be easily lifted if access is needed to the substrate floor beneath. This means technicians are able to gain access to underfloor cables when needed, a considerable advantage in spaces that are constantly subject to change, such as conference halls and agile workplaces.
3. Carpet tiles give you great design flexibility
In some ways, carpet tiles offer greater design flexibility than wall to wall carpets. With new dye technologies, it’s possible to create a wide range of colours and patterns on carpet tiles that are not possible on wall to wall carpets. By applying dye after the carpet is cut into modular carpet squares, it’s possible to achieve perfect design registration across all edges of each tile, so a design flows almost seamlessly from tile to tile.
Like wall to wall, carpet squares can be custom coloured or applied with a custom design to create unique environments only limited by the designer’s imagination. For unique or complicated custom designs, wall to wall is still likely to be your best option, but with the emerging technologies, carpet tiles no longer necessarily mean a boxy look or a clean solid colour.
4. Ambient advantages of carpet tiles
Carpet tiles today offer all the warmth, comfort, acoustic qualities and health and safety benefits of wall to wall carpets with the added advantage that their layered structure absorbs even more structure-borne sound than wall to wall, providing a noticeable improvement in sound levels even in large open plan office environments, call centres, crowded bars or busy restaurants.
Carpet tiles do, however, lack the option of extra plush backing, which may not impact acoustics, but will impact the tactile underfoot sensation that might be desired in certain high end projects.
The Benefits of Carpet Tiles
If you love carpet flooring then you enjoy the comfort and warmth of a soft surface. On a colder day there is no beating the relaxing comfort of a warm carpeted floor. No matter what your preference is for carpeting, we have a style and color (and price) to suit your project.
Carpet tiles are an excellent solution for both the home and for commercial environments. More frequently seen in business or retail environments, the carpet is laid in a decorative pattern or as a solid. The carpet tile is manufactured from a stick-backed material which makes it rigid and durable.
This type of flooring is ideal for high traffic areas where sections of the carpet may become worn or faded over time. It is far easier to replace individual carpet tiles (and economical) than it is to replace an entire carpeted floor, which is why businesses and institutions prefer them for indoor flooring. They are also excellent in sunrooms or outdoor additions, home gyms and recreation rooms.
Carpet was such an easy choice in this room because I knew it would be a central working/collaboration spot for our family. Seeing that carpet is soft, warm and cozy underfoot it makes hanging out in here so easy. Warm and cozy is important during these cooler months. Most of the time when I am working, the girls are laying on the floor working or color and the dog is right next to them.
Noise reduction – Carpet helps reduce the pitter patter of little feet making it easier to work in here.
Healthy living – by improving indoor air quality, carpet supports healthier spaces for living for everyone – including people with asthma and allergies.
Considerations for and against choosing carpet tiles
Carpet tiles are the perfect option for commercial premises due to their ease of maintenance, durability and versatility. We discuss all the benefits of installing carpet tiles in your premises. We also consider some of the pros and cons when it comes to considering alternatives.
Advantages of carpet tiles
Finding the right flooring options for high-traffic areas is always a challenge. Carpet tiles are often referenced as the ‘natural commercial flooring choice’ for demanding applications.
The key reasons being:
One of the biggest advantages of carpet tiles is their versatility. You can find carpet tiles in every colour, and in a wide variety of sizes and textures. Carpet tiles are also great for odd-shaped spaces and spots that are hard to get to. That makes these tiles perfect for many office and industrial applications, where spaces are often tight.
The durability of a carpet tile installation is another popular selling point, and a major advantage. Quality tiles can last for 10-20 years before showing any real wear at all.
Just as importantly, carpet tiles are easy to replace when they do start to show their age. Unlike a traditional carpet installation, which must be replaced as one piece, a carpet tile installation means you can swap out individual tiles as needed.
3. Wellbeing Advantages
There are many benefits here including warmth and acoustic benefits, which contribute to wellbeing. In fact their layered structure can absorb even more structure-borne sound than wall to wall carpeting. They also provide a better foothold than smooth floor materials and being comfortable under foot is beneficial to staff. Especially those that have to stand for long periods of time as part of their job.