What are Carpet Tiles?

What are Carpet Tiles?

In today’s busy workplaces a flooring system is needed to fit with the demands of a modern working environment. Carpet tiles are the answer. Available in several sizes, textures and a wide variety of designs, this modular flooring system has many qualities. Comfortable, yet hard-wearing, easy to maintain and install these are just some of the advantages carpet tiles have over other types of flooring.

Carpet tiles offer far more design potential than other non-carpet options. Standard carpet tiles come in different sized square tiles usually ranging from 50x 50cm up to 1m x 1m depending on supplier.  However, some firms offer other shapes like Interface with their skinny planks. Besides different shape options, carpet tiles offer a huge choice of different designs with something to suit every taste. Use one design or mix different designs together, carpet tiles give you the freedom to express your creative side. Sometimes carpet tiles can even be combined with other flooring types such as LVT offering even more design options.  Tiles can be laid in different formats depending on the pattern. These include ashlar, herringbone, quarter turn and brick. This helps to create subtle variation in the overall look of the design.

Carpet tiles are made and designed using different piles to create various looks, textures and performance benefits. Types of pile include loop, cut, cut and loop pile, shaggy and needlefelt. In a loop pile, the yarn is tufted to make loops with the texture dependant on what yarn is used. This creates a hard-wearing carpet tile which suitable for heavy usage. A cut pile is formed by cutting through the loops.  This makes the yarn tufts stand up which creates a softer more luxurious carpet compared to loop pile tiles. Or you can have a cut and loop tile that gives you the best of both worlds. There are also needlefelt carpet tiles which are made by laying individual layers of fibres on each other and are felted creating a hard-wearing product. While shag carpet tiles use much thicker yarn and have a longer tuft creating a much deeper pile.

One of the great advantages of carpet tiles is their flexibility. This modular flooring system allows for changes far more easily than wall to wall carpet. Installation tends to be quicker and wastage is reduced so they are more cost-effective.  It is also far easier to replace a damaged tile than replace a whole piece of carpet.  Tiles can also be easily lifted to gain access to any cables underneath, meaning less disruption in areas that are always changing.

Impact on the environment is now an important factor when making tiles. Manufacturers are looking at ways to make their tiles more sustainable by considering the whole life cycle of the product. Desso use Econyl yarn, which contains regenerated content, while some tiles also have the option of an EcoBase (which has a high percentage of recycled content). While Interface also uses recycled nylon yarn and have created carbon neutral carpets options.

Carpet tiles have several benefits compared to hard floors. Warmer and more comfortable they make the space sound less hollow and have a reduced risk of slipping. Carpet also absorbs airborne dust particles, helping your surroundings to stay cleaner. A great example of this in a carpet tile is the Desso AirMaster range. It is 8 times more effective in catching and retaining fine dust than smooth flooring options. While it is 4 times more effective than standard carpet, thereby helping improve indoor air quality.

So, if you are looking for a stylish flooring option with lots of practical benefits then carpet tiles are the answer.