Carpet tiles can be ideal for a range of situations. They are hard wearing, and can be replaced on an as needed basis, so if one tile is damaged you can get away with just replacing that carpet tile rather than a whole carpet. So for people with children or pets, then stains and spills won’t be such a problem. In many situations you can just take up the carpet tile, clean it as required and then lay it again. If not then there is the option, as mentioned before, of replacing it.
(It is worth noting that if a carpet tile has been down for a long time, then replacing it with a brand new tile would show a colour discrepancy. Fortunately a lot of places sell reconditioned and recycled carpet tiles and these thoroughly cleaned, but used, tiles can be an ideal way to replace a damaged tile with a slightly more worn look that may match your current tiles a little better.)
Carpet tiles can be ideal for large areas where a carpet is traditionally not big enough, or very small and awkward areas, where a carpet is too large or cutting to shape is more difficult. Carpet tiles are common in offices, where carpeting is simply too expensive and the fitting is a nightmare, as well as shop floors where the same is true. Other common places include sheds and attic conversions, as well as classrooms or waiting rooms.
The other benefits of carpet tiles is you can use them to provide a variety of patterns and effects. As they are tiles, you can inter-match the separate tiles to provide mosaic and other styles and patterns. This is very common in areas such as shop floors and reception areas and waiting rooms.
The reason is that people think of carpet tiles as squares about 1 foot by 1 foot (which is an average size for a carpet tile) and they would be right. The problem is that then they think of them as tiles, they imagine a tile effect, with gaps prevalent between each tile.
The truth is nothing like that, when carpet tiles are laid correctly they are very compacted together and the joining lines or seams are almost undetectable.
Of course the knack here is ensuring they are fitted as good as is possible, and that would typically mean getting in expert carpet tile fitters. However with a bit of work it is not beyond hope to fit them yourself and we will go into detail on how to fit carpet tiles, along with hints and tips in a future article.
So if you are thinking that a carpet might not be the best option for a floor space, don’t forget about carpet tiles, they are a great alternative, cheaper, robust and can look just as good.