Guide to Carpet Tiles

Guide to Carpet Tiles
Carpet tiles come in many different styles and colors and are available in various sizes, multiple fiber types and pile styles. This means that you can likely find a carpet tile equivalent for the roll of carpet you were considering or would have otherwise used in your home. The major difference between carpet tile and carpet roll are the tile backing on the carpet tiles. Carpet tile backing material options include: vinyl, fiberglass, vinyl/fiberglass, urethane, woven polypropylene, and recycled vinyl. Quality backing systems are important because they provide dimensional stability and help carpet tiles withstand moisture. Carpet tiles come in both adhesive and non-adhesive backings to fit your DIY needs.
Pros of Carpet Tiles
  • Easier installation than standard rolled carpet and DIY kits are available.
  • Can be placed over many different types of flooring including wood and tile. This allows for quick new look with little renovations needed.
  • Easier cleaning and care. The tiles do not require any padding or glue to install them. Individual carpet tiles can be removed for cleaning, and replaced when dry.
  • If one area of the floor becomes damaged, the tile can be replaced without replacing the entire floor.
  • More freedom to design the room you want than standard carpet’s single texture.
  • Many carpet tiles have stain resistance which is important if you are a pet owner.

Cons of Carpet Tiles

  • The seams of the carpet tiles are more easily seen when compared to wall-to-wall carpet rolls. Without careful installation, the seams could appear uneven.
  • Like carpet rolls, tiles are not good for high moisture areas of a house.
  • Tiles can be more expensive than rolls.

Where to install?

Carpet tiles can be installed anywhere rolled can be installed. They are primarily used in commercial applications.

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