When trying to pick flooring for a commercial building, customers want a product that will last a long time for a great price. Many people pick carpet, but over the last decade carpet tile has become a staple in commercial applications.
1. Easy to Clean/Replace -
Carpet tiles are a lot easier to clean than carpet. Carpet is more expensive to clean because every month or so you have to do a deep clean on the carpet, which isn't cheap. Carpet tiles are also easy to replace. For example, if you spilled something that stained the carpet, you can just pick up that tile and replace it entirely. However, if you stained broadloom carpet, you would need to replace the entire carpet, which is more troublesome and expensive.
2. Easy Installation -
Carpet tiles are easier to install than carpet. In addition, it costs less to install carpet tiles than to install carpet, and it takes about 20% less time to install than broadloom. Carpet tiles are packaged in boxes so they are easier to bring into the installation area. Carpet tiles are more convenient for commercial buildings with elevators because carpet tiles come in boxes.Carpet tiles are also easy to install in odd shaped rooms. Carpet tiles are easier to cut into any size and shape you need than a roll of broadloom carpet is. Carpet tiles win hands down in terms of installation.
3. Customizable -
Carpet tile allows you to have more creative freedom when designing a commercial building. Carpet tile is available in many different colors and they can be easily placed wherever you want them. You can just use one color throughout the entire room with the carpet tile, or you could use one color for the main part of the floor and use another color as a border. You could create a checkerboard pattern, stripes, or even some fun optical illusion type flooring. I've also seen some use carpet tile to create an ombre effect with the colors. I've also seen carpet tiles using just one main color for most of the floor but random colors will be spread throughout the floor. There are so many possibilities with carpet tiles, and the best part is you can try out as many as you want because the floor does not have to be glued down.
4. Cost Effective -
Carpet tile may cost more then some carpets but it will also last longer then carpet. Carpet tile is cost effective because you may pay more up front but the carpet tiles will last for 14 to 17 years, while carpet only lasts for 7-10 years - in areas with high footfall traffic. Also, when you purchase carpet tiles, you don't have to buy any underlayment or padding because the carpet tile has a backing on it that makes it fine on its own.