Basically carpet tiles are remnants of carpet, which before this method of using them was developed were finding their way to landfills all over North America. Some companies came up with the idea that used carpet is usually in fine shape except for dirt, discoloration and compression of the fibers. Some companies have come up with a way to make this carpet like new again. This involves some heavy cleaning, retexturing, and over printing a new pattern on the carpet itself. Bringing carpet tiles to the market was a great environmental boost for everyone. These are very easy to work with and for the “do it yourself guy”, they are the ideal weekend project. Another advantage to buying carpet tiles is that if a couple of pieces wear out all you have to do is replace them without having to take up everything like you would with broadloom.
There are many advantageous reasons for choosing carpet tiles as your choice of flooring. Carpet tiles will provide a much warmer floor and they do have insulating qualities. It will cut down the sound of an echo in your home as it has a dense face so absorbs sound. You can buy carpet tiles that are very resistant to moisture, bacteria, or spills of any kind. The carpet backing is bonded to the back of the carpet so it cannot be delaminated by walking on it or rolling things over it. This backing also prevents the seams from unraveling.
If you have decided to do this yourself, you will find it a very easy project. The 18 inch square tiles are easy to handle and easy to place. It also will give you the opportunity to put a design in the floor of the room if you wish. You don’t have to be an expert to do this and you will be surprised at the good job you did once you’re finished. The other advantage of using carpet tiles is that if you have a large piece of furniture in the room you’re doing, all you have to do is jack it up and slip the tiles into place. This is so much better than having to empty the room to do the floor.
Another advantage of using tiles is that if someone has an accident and ruins a section of the carpet, all you have to do is replace the tile that has been affected. The best thing to do is when your place your order for tiles is to order a few extra ones so you will have them handy for just such a situation. To save on your tiles if some become worn out a little, just switch them around. Put some of the worn tiles under the sofa and so on so that you get the full use of the tiles you buy.
Remember that you are getting a good quality floor covering with carpet tiles, but as with any floor covering you have to take precautions. Use a pad under a chair with rollers, even though it is not much of a problem replacing anything that gets worn, but this can save you a little extra work in the long run. When you choose carpet tiles for a room you are really doing yourself many favors as you will see in years to come.