Carpet tiles have enjoyed an upsurge in popularity recently, as manufacturers have reinvented their style with intricate yet flexible designs, clever details and interesting textures. It’s possible to get carpet tiles now with a shag pile finish or made entirely from shaggy sheep’s’ wool. Probably the most practical and easily-maintained floor covering for high-traffic areas, new carpet tiles are well worth considering for anyone on the quest for cheap carpet and flooring that will stand the test of time.
Your Flexible Friend
Carpet tiles are endlessly flexible and incredibly easy to install. Rather than wrestling with cutting the corner of a huge, thick roll of carpeting, a single tile can simply be snipped to fit. This makes them a great option for the novice or DIY carpet fitter and particularly helpful in very cramped or very large spaces where trimming and joins are an issue.
Generally low-piled, the surface of a carpet tile withstands wear and tear well and does not readily show footprints and marks. Better still, of course, if staining or damage does occur, you need only remove and replace the affected area. You will not need to rip up and replace the entire carpet.
Comfortable And Cosy
Carpet tiles combine the best of carpet and hard flooring. They offer the warmth and comfort underfoot of carpeting, plus great sound reduction. However, like tiles or wood, they are easy to clean and often withstand damp and hard use better than traditional carpets, making them a realistic option for a kitchen or utility room.
Feel The Quality
Once associated with cheap and scratchy finishes, good quality carpet tiles now have a felt-like finish and some ranges are made from up to 80% recycled materials. Due to the tile method of installation, there is also far less wastage than with traditional rolled flooring materials. You really only buy as much as you need and leftover scraps can often be put to an interesting use, whether as coasters, a bulletin board or anything else that helps to tie your flooring in to the rest of the room. When they finally become worn or need updating, the materials in carpet tiles can often be re-recycled, making for a very green cradle-to-cradle lifecycle.
Taking their inspiration from the natural world, companies such as Interface make carpet tiles (or modular flooring, as they call it) all over the world, including right here in Australia. Designed to be endlessly flexible, ranges like these mean you can create amazing, stylish, zoned flooring throughout any space. For commercial carpet sales, you could plan the layout of an entire open-plan office using carpet tiles to delineate different areas and use a funky design or colour scheme to reflect your branding. The only limit is your imagination.
To find out more about the carpet tile options available here in Melbourne, call in to either our Bayswater or Blackburn Carpet Flooring stores and our friendly and knowledgeable staff will be happy to help.