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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
- 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
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.
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.
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
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 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 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!
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 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
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.
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Indoor / Outdoor Carpet Tiles
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
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.
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