What is Carpet Tile? We Have the Answers
Searching for the ultimate guide to carpet tile? We’ve got it right here for you! Carpet tile is a great choice for your home or commercial space. Let’s get started!
If you haven’t yet, go read our Carpet Buyer’s Guide for the lowdown on all carpet related vocabulary you might see here. If you’re already a carpet expert, let’s get started on your carpet quiz:
- What carpet is the easiest to install?
- What carpet is the easiest to replace?
- What carpet lets you express your creativity the most?
If your answer was carpet tile, then congratulations you get an A+ for your carpet knowledge. If you didn’t, well let this teacher help you brush up on all things carpet tile so you can ace any carpet questions thrown your way.
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What are Carpet Tiles?
You might have seen carpet tiles around town. They’re not exactly the new kid on the block when it comes to commercial spaces.
However, nowadays, you can find carpet tiles just about anywhere, including your best friend’s home. But what are they?
Well, carpet tiles are exactly as the name suggests, carpet that comes in tile form instead of broadloom rolls.
Also, carpet tile often has backing and padding attached, so you don’t need to invest in any extra products to install. Just simply peel and stick, glue, tape, or lock your carpet tiles down and go.
In fact, you can completely tile a room in luxurious carpet in only a few hours. Very quickly, you’re ready for your next carpet angel on brand new carpet.
Benefits of Carpet Tile
At this point, maybe you’re wondering why you would choose carpet tile over broadloom. The fact is, carpet tile is more versatile than broadloom, and you might find it better suited for your comfy space. If you’re a messy person (like me) it might be the best option.
Okay, let’s look at a few benefits of carpet tile.
- Carpet tiles are very easy to install and can be done in a matter of hours. Since backing and sometimes adhesive are included in the tile, there are no extra hidden costs. Save your money for the decorations.
- Create custom patterns and textures using different colors or simply rotating the tile. Play Picasso, if you wish.
- Carpet tile is also super easy to replace. Just lift out the badly damaged tile and replace it with a new one. Good as new. This is perfect for those of us who have cats known to knock over glasses (I’m looking at you Cece.)
- Easily create custom area rugs for your space. No more buying the same rug as everyone else. You can be unique.
- Carpet tiles produce less waste than installing broadloom carpet. That’s because tile comes in different sizes so you end up cutting less to fit the space.
Cons of Carpet Tile
Like with every product, you should know the ins and outs of what you’re buying. Though carpet tiles are ah-mazing, they still have their limitations.
- Carpet tiles lack the softness of broadloom because they aren’t as thick.
- Carpet tiles also are mostly found in loop piles. Because it began as a commercial trend, you’ll probably find fewer options that feature plush cut piles. Loop carpet, however, is more durable and hides dirt and wear and tear better.
- Carpet tiles are more expensive than broadloom carpet up front, but you’ll probably save some money being able to install it yourself. And waste a lot less too.
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Carpet Tile Installation
Maybe you have question marks floating above your head at the words “peel and stick,” “glue,” or “interlocking tiles.” Well, you’re in luck, I’ve got the answers for you.
These all are types of installation for carpet tiles. You can install carpet tiles 1 of 3 ways: interlocking, peel and stick, or glue free.
First, you need a few tools to install, but you don’t have to be a cyborg to get it done. All you need is a T-square, sticky tabs, a knife, and double-sided carpet tape. Easy peasy.
Here’s another tip, you should allow the carpet to acclimate to the room you’re installing in. Other than those tips, let’s look at these 3 ways to install carpet tiles.
Interlocking Carpet Tiles
Interlocking carpet tiles look one of two ways: like a giant puzzle piece, or with plastic attachments on the sides to click into one another.
Tiles that interlock using a puzzle-like pattern are carefully laid out and joined together as if you’re putting together a puzzle. You can cut these tiles to have a finished edge, or they sometimes come with a finished edge.
If the tile has a plastic backing, just click them together using the locking mechanisms on the side.
Peel and Stick Carpet Tiles
If you want easy, peel and stick carpet tiles are the easiest to install. The adhesive is already applied to each tile and all you have to do is pull back the plastic sheet to expose it. Simply place the peel and stick carpet tile on the floor, and press down to adhere it to the floor. That’s all there is to it!
Some adhesives leave a residue on the subfloor but some do not. However, there’s an easy way to test! Place your hand on the adhesive; if your hand is sticky after, it will leave a residue that is easily cleaned up if needed.
Glue-Free Carpet Tiles
There are many glue-free carpet tile options. To install, simply purchase double sided carpet tape or a pressure adhesive for a more permanent hold. If you secure tiles using the tape method, you can make a custom-made area rug.
For a room with high-traffic, you’ll need a pressure-sensitive adhesive, or glue, to keep the tiles in place. With the taping method, you can finish a room in record time.
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Carpet Tile Uses
I’ve got some secret carpet tile information for you. Did you know carpet tiles can be used in ways other than wall to wall carpeting?
As it turns out, carpet tiles are very versatile and can be used in creative and unexpected ways. Maybe you’ve never thought about using carpet outdoors, or as gym flooring.
It’s time to think about it now.
If you’re a creative type (me!) you can play Picasso and make a custom made area rug. It can be difficult to find the perfect area rug in the perfect size for your space.
Using carpet tiles, you don’t have to search forever. Just pick out the tiles in the colors or patterns you want, and fit each square together until you reach your desired size. It’s as simple as that! Plus, because you built it, the rug will look exactly how you like.
In case you’re wondering, yes, you can have carpet outside! Indoor/outdoor carpet has special properties that keep it mold and mildew free, and also fade-free as well.
You can easily place it on a patio, in a sunroom, or on a balcony. If there’s a level floor, you can place it there.
Interlocking carpet tiles make great gym flooring! Maybe you want something you can put together and take apart to do stretching, yoga, and light exercises.
You can also install carpet tile in a whole room for a durable gym floor for exercise equipment and light floor routines. You wouldn’t want to drop a barbell on it, but it’s great for the average exerciser.
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Home Theater Carpet
If you have a home theater but are missing carpet, you’re missing out. We have home theater carpet tiles perfect for soaking up that sweet sweet surround sound.
The truth is, hard surfaces bounce sound around the room. Carpet absorbs sound making it loud and clear for you.
You can even use carpet tiles on your home theater walls to give your sound a boost.
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Why Choose Carpet Tile?
Carpet tile is the modern version of wall to wall carpet. The fact you no longer have to call a professional to install your next carpet roll is an added bonus.
Also, you can replace and damaged tile, with a brand new tile. That’s something you can’t do with traditional broadloom carpet.
Everyone needs a little simplicity in their life (I know I do!) and carpet tiles are simple. There’s something nice about getting a whole room the way you like it within a day.
No stress, no strangers, just you and your new floor.
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Alright, I think you’re ready to ace the next carpet tile quiz I throw your way. If you’re really ready to dive into the world of carpet tile, start shopping. You’re sure to find carpet for every purpose.