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Whether you are building a house or commercial structure from scratch or renovating it, flooring is a significant factor that will determine your finished space's success. The surface that your foot touches the moment you enter a room dictates your first impression and mood. Carpeting, carpet tiles in specific, is the preferred flooring style of many households and businesses, mainly because it is easy to use and maintain. With the right design or colour palette, carpet tiles have the power to transform a room even with minimal treatments to the walls and ceiling.
What are Carpet Tiles?
Also referred to as carpet squares, carpet tiles are single units of square carpeting slotted together like a puzzle to cover a floor. They are usually made of a layer of pile fibres tufted into a durable backing material before another layer is applied for reinforcement.
The typical carpet square consists of a vinyl composite, a fibreglass backing, and then an anti-bacterial preservative to keep the entire structure intact and ready for long-term use. In short, carpet tiles are not simply made of fibres cut and slotted together.
Their general design's primary intention is to provide a heavy-duty surface that will hold for many years through high traffic and minimal maintenance. Style comes next, offering unlimited combinations of colours and designs to achieve a space's desired ambiance. Homes, hotels, classrooms, offices, and many commercial and industrial rooms usually prefer carpet tiles because they are efficient, easy to care for, and durable.
Are all tiles squares? No, carpet tiles are not all squares. They can come in odd sizes, cuts, and shapes to complement varying rooms and create different visual effects. Flooring expert Canadian Flooring recommends that tile installation be performed by a carpeting and design professional. Besides ensuring that the tiles adhere to the flooring well enough to last years, carpet pros can also offer advice on the techniques and colour combinations that will work best for your p_roject.
Pros and Cons of Installing Carpet Tiles
There are advantages and disadvantages to using carpet tiles for your floors. We list some of them below.
Pro: Carpet tiles are versatile and durable.
Carpet tiles are specially built to thrive and survive high-traffic locations. Canadian Flooring can provide many options regarding the number of layers, materials, and endurance, depending on where they will be installed. Specifications can also be customized to meet your requirements, and you can certainly opt for specific sizes, cuts, backing materials, yarn fibres, and p_ile weights.
Pro: Carpet tiles are easy to install and low maintenance.
Tiles are easily replaceable, and looking after them is pretty easy. By regularly vacuuming the area, you prevent the fibres from gathering dust and dirt so that you won't have bigger cleanup problems in the future. Carpet tiles are typically made with low-pile fibres, making them quick to clean. Regarding installation, finishing the job is fast and simple, but be sure that you have the right people to do the job to ensure that it's done well the first time.
Pro: Carpets are cost-effective and sustainable.
Quality tiles serve their purpose for a long time because they are reusable. Sheets that need to retire from a particular area will likely be useful again somewhere else. Also, when a tile gets damaged, you will need only to replace that shape and won't have to remove the entire flooring.
Con: Carpet tiles might have loose fibres.
This largely depends on the quality of the tiles. Canadian Flooring offers a wide range of carpet tile brands and makes to fit your space. High-traffic locations like entryways and hallways will require extra heavy-duty tiles compared to low-traffic areas like dens or personal offices. Besides, as carpet tiles are made of fibres, fraying can be expected over time. However, if you maintain it well and trim where needed, this shouldn't be a problem.
Con: Carpet tiles' appearance might not be uniform.
Although most carpet tiles are machine-made, there is always still a little room left for inconsistency. They look good when slotted together but not as cohesive as a broadloom carpet. This issue is minor, however, and often unnoticeable.
Con: Carpet tiles might not have been installed correctly.
The tile installation process is pretty straightforward, but it is the basic principle that is often overlooked by those with no experience. Acclimatization is one such issue. This means allowing the tiles to adjust to their new home and "move" a bit before they settle. Canadian Flooring has handled many carpet tile do-overs because the previous installers overlooked this step due to expedience. That said, it is critical to get the job done by the real pros so that no resources and time are wasted.
Should you need assistance in deciding which carpet tiles you need for any space in your home, office, or place of business, don't hesitate to get in touch with our team at <a href="tel:+14167350075"> 416-735-0075 </ a>. Our experienced carpet installers can offer guidance on the installation process and design, as well as care and maintenance. Give us a call or send us an email, and we'll be happy to answer all your queries.