In the past few years modular carpet tiles have increased in popularity. Modular carpet tiles are known for their durability, ease of installation and flexible design. To help you in choosing the best carpet tiles for your flooring project, here is a simple guide.
1) CARPET TILE SHAPES
Originally, carpet tiles were only available in squares, but now rectangular shaped carpet tiles are becoming more popular. Did you know that the shape of your carpet tiles influences the range of patterns that you can create through tile layouts?
With squares, you can just rotate the tiles to create a ‘brick’ pattern. However, with carpet planks there are more options that you can choose from. Aside from the ‘brick’ layout, you can also do herringbone and basket weave patterns. The way you install the carpet tiles add design and flair to your flooring.
2) DESIGN FLEXIBILITY
One great thing about carpet tiles is the flexibility of design they can provide. The carpet tiles can be laid out in different arrangements to incorporate accent tiles and create unique layouts.
3) CARPET TILE INSTALLATION
You also have to look at the carpet tile installation options and choose the most suitable for your requirements.
- Adhesive: Most carpet tiles are glued-down. Just remember that the type of adhesive that you use will greatly depend on the type of project that you are working on. You need to consider the subfloor moisture levels.
- Adhesive tabs, dots or tape: This concept has a number of different variations. This is where you use small amounts of adhesive to glue the tiles down. This method is somewhat labour intensive as the removal of the tape needs to be done manually.
- Adhesive-free installation: There are carpet tiles that are made with a high friction coating. This means that they can be installed without the use of any adhesive. Many believe these tiles can save money and time. Additionally, these carpet tiles can be lifted with ease and re-laid in different areas.
4) CARPET TILE BACKING
Since Carpet Tile Backing is a part you will rarely see, it is easy to not put it as a priority. However, the carpet tile backing is the most important factor in determining the durability of your carpet tiles. Here are the three main types of carpet tile backing:
Hardback: This backing is made with a thin layer of PVC. It provides stability but offers poor moisture management. As it’s also thin, there is no extra protection to the carpet fibres.
Closed cell cushion backing: In this backing, carpet fibres are placed in a layer of padding that is on top of plastic. This type of backing extends the life of carpet fibres by absorbing the impact of daily foot traffic.
Open cell cushion backing: This type of backing ‘re-inflates’ after compression which means that it is protected from daily wear and tear. Additionally, this type of backing can prolong your carpet tiles life by about 40-50%.
If you want to have carpet tiles installed in your home or in your office space, contact us at Nailsea Flooring. We specialise in fitting a wide range of floorings for commercial and domestic use. Twenty years of experience has ensured that our workmanship is of the highest quality, with customer satisfaction in mind every step of the way. Have a look at our website for further product information, and to begin your no hassle, no obligation, free quote. If you have any questions or clarifications, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our friendly team will be happy to help. Please call us on 07970 105791 or send a message to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.