What are carpet tiles? Carpet tiles are exactly as the name suggests, carpet that comes in tile form instead of broadloom rolls. While broadloom rolls often require extra tools and professional installation, carpet tiles are the exact opposite. They’re an easy DIY tile that can be installed in record time. Just simply peel and stick, glue, tape, or lock your carpet tiles down and you’re ready to go.
Carpet tiles are not exactly new in commercial spaces, but now they’re finding their way into residential areas as well. Why is this? Let’s go over all things carpet tile and find out why you should consider carpet tile for your next flooring project.
Benefits of Carpet Tiles
Broadloom carpet tends to be the familiar choice when it comes to carpeting. However, there’s a whole world out there and a new option. If you’re planning on carpeting your space, consider carpet tile for all its great benefits. Why should you use carpet tile? Let's take a look:
- Easy to Install: Carpet tiles are extremely easy to install. So easy, it can be done in a matter of hours! Since carpet tiles often have backing and (depending on the tile) adhesive included in the tile, there’s no extra tools that are needed to install.
- Custom Looks: Because carpet tiles come in a variety of colors, textures, and patterns, get as creative as you want when it comes to carpeting your home. Carpet tiles are very popular for creating custom area rugs.
- Easy to Replace: Unfortunately, accidents happen. Sometimes your dog knocks over grape juice, and sometimes your kid roughs up the carpet in an extreme art session. Instead of living with the stain, or having to replace the entire carpet, simply remove the damaged carpet square and replace it with a brand new one. Easy as pie.
- Waste Less: Broadloom carpet is sold in rolls that must be cut down to fit your space. With carpet tiles, you can get just the right amount to fit your room and not have extra carpet hanging out in your garage for all eternity.
Carpet Tile Installation
One of the major advantages to carpet tiles is the fact that they are very easy to install. Carpet tiles can be installed in three different ways.
Interlocking carpet tiles look one of two ways: like a giant puzzle piece, or with plastic attachments on the sides that 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. These are so easy to put together, a child could do it! 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. Easy peasy.
Self-adhesive (or Peel & Stick) carpet tiles are one of our most popular tiles. These carpet squares are one of 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.
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 without the glue.
Carpet Fiber Types
Okay, let’s get into the technical aspects of carpet. Put on your lab coat and get ready: we’re getting scientific.
When you’re looking to buy carpet, you’ll choose between nylon, polyester, and olefin. Each fiber works best for different environments, and some even have alternative chemical names!
This can get confusing, so let me help you out:
Nylon Carpet Fibers
Nylon is what changed the carpet industry for good. Even today, nylon remains the most popular fiber of choice.
Nylon is highly durable, static-free, and a great fiber for indoor carpets. Nylon is usually treated with a stain blocking technology that helps it stay beautiful, longer.
Consider Stainmaster as the protector for your carpet. It makes the staining liquid stay on the surface of the carpet so you can easily clean it up.
Olefin Carpet Fibers
Olefin is a natural stain-resistant fiber. It’s dyed during the melting process while the fiber is being created. This results in a color through the fiber rather than outside the fiber. Olefin is virtually fade resistant, and it’s also low static.
Put on your safety goggles because it also has a scientific chemical name: polypropylene. You might see that listed as the fiber instead of Olefin, so it’s important to know! A downside of olefin, it attracts and absorbs oil, which can leave it dinghy. Keep it clean though, and you don’t have to worry!
Polyester Carpet Fibers
If you’re looking for a “green” carpet, Polyester is mostly made from recycled materials. Polyester is rising in popularity and giving nylon a run for its money. If you haven’t noticed, most of your clothes are probably polyester blends. It’s basically everywhere!
Polyester is slightly less expensive than nylon, and almost just as durable. It’s extremely fade and stain resistant. Polyester also usually has the widest range of color choices so your carpet can be anything from bright pink to a neutral brown.
The green choice polyester is often called PET fiber, otherwise known as *adjusts goggles* “Polyethylene Terephthalat.” It’s more durable than older polyester materials and is often solution-dyed, meaning the color runs through the fiber. SmartStrand is an example of a polyester fiber.
Triexta Carpet Fibers
Triexta is a brand new fiber on the market. Triexta’s chemical name is polytrimethylene terephthalate, a name I challenge you to say 3 times fast. Back in the day, Triexta had the abbreviation PTT, but now it is its own class of fiber.
These fibers are constructed using corn, or more accurately, glucose. Because of this, Triexta is a super green choice.
Triexta is usually less expensive than nylon, and while nylon is treated to be stain resistant, Triexta is naturally so. In fact, Triexta is more stain resistant than nylon because the fibers will not absorb liquid.
Carpet Tile Backing
Okay, now that fiber has been covered, let’s learn about carpet backing. Carpet tiles feature many different backings, but they all have the same function: keeping the carpet tile and floor together.
We offer carpet tile backings in PVC, plastic, polyurethane cushion, polyester felt, bitumen, rubber, and foam. All these padded carpet tiles provide stability to the carpet tile and also comfort. For the most comfort, try foam-backed and rubber-backed carpet tiles.
Carpet Tile Brands
We offer a wide range of carpet brands that will suit any of your needs. From the fun and colorful to the office chic, we have the perfect floor tile option for you.
Shaw carpets offer a wide range of commercial grade carpet tiles in many styles and colors. These carpet tiles feature a plastic backing and a solution-dyed nylon fiber. The tiles are 2’ x 2’ and can be installed in residential and commercial applications. These glue-free carpet tiles can be installed with double sided tape or adhesive.
FANMATS features a line of sports inspired carpet tiles. These officially licensed carpet tile squares feature team colors and logos from the NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB and NCAA. These tiles are great for carpeting man caves, basements, fan rooms and much more. These floor tiles feature a vinyl backing and a nylon fiber. They are under our glue-free carpet tile category and are actually installed with the use of sticky tape pads, making your carpet tile installation quick and easy.
Joy Carpets is all about fun. These commercial carpets feature bright, vibrant colors and patterns. Even glow-in-the-dark options that are great for both commercial and residential applications. These carpet squares are huge, and when I say huge, I mean HUGE! They’re 1 meter x 1 meter in size. Joy Carpet Tiles are by far the largest carpet tiles we carry. These feature a premium carpet tile adhesive backing and a nylon fiber.
Foss carpet tiles are by far our most popular. These tiles offer a low cost option without feeling or looking like cheap carpet tiles. They are great for spare rooms, living rooms and everything in between. Easy to install with a peel and stick backing, these tiles are a DIYer’s dream. Featuring a polyester fiber made from recycled bottles, these carpet tiles are not only durable but environmentally-friendly. Foss carpet tiles are perfect for both indoor and outdoor applications. They are mold, mildew and fade resistant, which is what makes them so versatile!
Mohawk carpet tiles are a commercial-grade carpet tile great for both commercial and residential applications. These commercial carpet tiles feature a PVC backing with a solution-dyed nylon fiber. These carpet squares are under our glue-free category and can be installed with either double sided tape or glue. Our Mohawk Carpet Tiles are available in several styles and colors, making these tiles great as flooring for a room or as a custom area rug.
Indoor / Outdoor Carpet Tiles
What makes a carpet good for outdoor use?
While indoor carpet is pretty plush and comes with a lot of the same features as outdoor carpet, it’s not made to withstand the harsh conditions of the outdoors.
Outdoor carpet is often UV stable, meaning it’s not going to fade in direct sunlight. It’s also mold and mildew resistant, and even water resistant. It’s built to battle the elements.
Most carpet for outdoors is going to be low pile, or berber carpet. This is because berber and other low pile carpets can handle wear and tear and dirt much better than, say, a frieze style carpet.
For outdoor carpet, you’ll want to make sure the fiber is UV stable. Most Nylon fibers fade in direct sunlight, so you wouldn’t want that outdoors! Look for ecofi, a solution dyed polyester fiber. It can hold out against the sun!
Last, Indoor outdoor carpet is pretty simple to explain. While most indoor carpets can’t be used outdoors, pretty much any outdoor carpet can be used indoors. If it’s made for the outside, it can certainly hold up on the inside as well.
Carpet Tile Delivery
One sweet perk of our carpet tiles is that they all ship free! And who doesn’t like free?
No matter the amount of carpet tiles you purchase, there will be no charge to you for delivery. For smaller orders, the tiles will be shipped to you via Fedex Ground, but for larger orders they will be shipped by freight. For all freight deliveries, lift-gate and curbside delivery come standard, and a 24-hour call ahead appointment will be made.
Q) Are carpet tiles durable?
A) Carpet tiles are made from the same material as broadloom carpet, so it’s just as durable. As with any flooring, the higher the quality, the more durable the floor. Commercial usually offer the most in durability since they tend to be in high-traffic areas.
Q) Are carpet tiles easy to install?
A) Carpet tiles are perhaps the easiest flooring to install. Depending on which tile you choose, you will either have to peel and stick, click together, glue down, or tape down your carpet tile. All of these methods are easy to do.
Q) Are carpet tiles good for basements?
A) Yes! Most carpet tiles are mold and mildew resistant, and are made from synthetic fibers that naturally resist water. If damage were to occur, individual carpet tiles are very easy to replace.
Q) How do I clean carpet tiles?
A) You can clean carpet tiles the same way you clean other carpet. Simply vacuum as need. A vacuum without a beater bar is recommended for berber style carpet.
Q) How do I cut carpet tiles?
A) Carpet tiles can be easily cut with a utility knife, or a tile cutter can be rented at hardware stores.
Q) Where can I install carpet tiles?
A) You can install carpet tiles virtually anywhere! Just make sure you pick out a carpet tile that fits your needs. If carpeting outdoor spaces, it’s best to have an outdoor carpet that can withstand the weather.
Q) Do carpet tiles need underlay?
A) Carpet tiles don’t need underlay, but you can install them over underlay if desired.
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