Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Carpet Squares and Carpet Tiles, why have they gotten so popular?

What are Carpet Squares and why are they a trend in floorcovering? Carpet Tiles or Squares have been around a long time. I remember my parents using them in our basement 35 years ago as a cheap way to cover the concrete floor for a play area. However, squares and tiles have come a long way in the flooring market since then.

Typically squares and tiles manufactured from carpet goods, are used most popularly in the Do-It-Yourself market segment. A very common use is a playroom. Other areas we see Carpet Tiles installed are bonus rooms and basements. Almost anyone can install these themselves with a level, clean floor and a good carpet knife!

As many tiles and squares now have an integral padding with a tacky underside, you simply start with a level layout and work your way throughout the room. Not only are they easy to put down, but if you ever get one soiled enough that needs changing, you simply pull it up and replace it with a spare (yes, hint, buy extra when you purchase to have extras later on down the road).

The more predominant squares come in 18"x18" and have a residential look and feel of a cut pile or trackless style of carpet. You will see a variety of different yarns used in manufacturing. Another type of square seen in the market is the commercial loop design, This design will usually come in 3'x3' squares and have a little heavier rubbery backing than the residential styles. You can use either one depending on the look and style you like.

If you are going with a solid tile, think about doing a checkerboard design! This design looks great when down and can give a room a little more flair than just a solid color.

One last flooring information hint, be careful when shopping for Carpet squares and tiles. The price may be a little deceiving. If the tiles are $3.00 a foot, that's $27.00 a yard! For $27.00 a yard you can get much better carpet and padding with installation for less money. Just keep an eye out for deals under $1.59 or so per yard if you are looking for an inexpensive solution. The idea of using carpet squares centers around being able to do it yourself, not necessarily saving a lot of money on materials. Don't get me wrong, you can find great deals out there, just make sure you make an informed decision when looking at options.

Be sure to call us @, 1-800-232-5537 to see what our in stock specials are on Carpet Squares and Tiles! We usually have tiles as low as $0.69/per foot!

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