Monday, March 1, 2010

What's the difference between commercial and residential carpet tiles?

Carpet tiles and carpet squares (even called modular carpeting) is extremely popular right now. Part of the trend is related to ease of use and perhaps other parts are tied to the ability to decorate and create stylish designs using different colors and patterns. Another great reason carpet tiles are being installed by many consumers is the opportunity at discounted prices at wholesalers such as Beckler's Carpet in Dalton, GA.

If discount carpet tiles and carpet squares are something you will be be considering for your next home flooring project, there are two types of carpet tile construction you need to understand. One is commercial and the other is residential. Both types of carpet tiles and squares can be found at cheap prices, but there are a few differences.

Commercial carpet tiles are tiles constructed with very short pile heights and usually are a tight loop design. This style actually looks like commercial carpet and also has similar weights to commercial carpeting. Commercial carpet tiles and squares are designed to handle a lot of traffic so they can be used in almost any environment from offices, churches restaurants, and even the home. Yes, they can be used in a home, however, their short pile height and look usually gravitates them towards areas in the home such as basements, playrooms bonus rooms. Popular commercial carpet tile manufacturers are Shaw, Mohawk, and Milliken. Solids and patterns are the most common types.

Residential carpet tiles have been made popular by brands such as Milliken and Interface (Flor). These types of carpet tiles have a plush or frieze construction and look very similar to other residential carpet styles in traditional carpeting. The drawback is that these residential carpet squares are not engineered to handle heavy traffic and you should not use these in areas outside the home like a church, school, office etc. Solid plushes, solid friezes and flecked friezes are the more typical types of residential carpet squares you will find available. Milliken is the most popular manufacturer of residential carpet tiles and squares.

You can save money on both types of carpet tile by finding overruns, promotionals and dropped styles. carries many brands in stock on discounted carpet tile and our inventory changes weekly. Be sure to check us out for some of the industry's best carpet tile deals. If you don;t see something on the web, call us at 1-800-232-5537. Usually only about a third of our inventory is listed on the web due to the large amounts of tile that we deal with. Chances are we will have something that will work for you and can get you a free sample out that day!

Of course if you live in Atlanta, Knoxville, Nashville, Huntsville or Birmingham, come see us. We are right off of I75 at exit 328 in Dalton, GA and even open on Saturdays until 4pm. Beckler's carpet, 1-800-232-5537. We hope to see you soon.

Beckler's Carpet has been flooring America since 1949!

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