Carpet tiles, also known as carpet squares or modular carpet, are a modern and stylish alternative to standard carpet rolls.
Carpet tiles, also known as modular carpet, are justly popular as a flooring option for commercial environments and other relatively uncomplicated projects. Squares cut from wall to wall rolls, carpet tiles are generally available in 48×48, 50×50, 60×60 and 96×96 cm. options. Some carpet providers also offer other shapes and sizes like hexagons and triangles where the installation, however, does increase in complexity and cost. 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: Cost and time savings
With their small size, carpet tiles are considerably easier to lift, move and install when compared to wall to wall carpet. They 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 them an ideal choice for projects on a tight budget or tight timeline.
2: Ease of removal
Carpet tiles are not only easy to install, but also easy to remove. Should wear and damage occur, 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, both in terms of ordering a matching segment of carpet and in terms of fitting expertise required. Another maintenance advantage of the carpet tiles is that the tiles 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: 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. By applying dye after the carpet is cut into tiles, 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 tiles 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 color.