Gone are the days when installing a carpet floor had to mean having one big sheet of carpet unrolled and tacked onto the subfloor. Now, there is another option to consider: carpet tile. These individual squares of carpet are pieced together, much like tile, to cover the entire floor. But what are the advantages of carpet tile as a flooring material? Take a look.
You can install them yourself.
Installing traditional carpet is not a DIY project. It requires quite a lot of skill and also the right equipment. Installing carpet tiles is much easier. You don't need any equipment other than a sharp knife and a yardstick to cut some of the tiles — and sometimes that's not even necessary. Basically, all you'll be doing is removing an adhesive backing from the tiles and sticking them to the subfloor, one by one.
When part of your carpet gets stained, you just remove the one tile.
When ordinary carpet is stained, you have to live with that stain until you're ready to replace the whole carpet. But with carpet tiles, if one gets stained or otherwise damaged, you can just peel up that one tile and replace it. If you keep a stack of extra tiles handy, you can do this almost immediately, and your carpet will always look clean and fresh. This makes carpet tiles an especially good choice for anyone with kids or pets.
Carpet tiles are really durable.
Carpet tiles are usually made with low-pile, closed-loop fibers, which means they hold up to wear and traffic. They also tend to have a really durable rubber backing, which increases their strength. This is why they work really well in high-traffic areas like hallways and playrooms.
Carpet tiles help keep allergies at bay.
It's usually recommended that allergy sufferers don't use carpet in their homes. The carpet can hold onto allergens, like mold spores and pet dander. Carpet tiles don't perpetuate this issue nearly as much. The lower-pile carpet traps a lot less particulate matter. And if one or two tiles do get really caked with pet dander or another allergen, you can just remove and replace those tiles. Those with really bad allergies may still want to avoid carpet tiles, but those with moderate to mild allergies tend to do better with these than with traditional carpet.
Carpet tiles are becoming increasingly popular — and for good reason. If you want a durable, easy-to-install floor that's a little softer than your typical hard flooring, they may be a really smart choice for your home.
To learn more about your carpet flooring options, contact a supplier.