Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Choose Carpet Tile

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 broadloom carpet, but over the last decade carpet tile has become a staple in commercial applications.

Here are the top 5 reasons you should choose carpet tile:

1. Easy to Clean/Replace –
Carpet tiles are a lot easier to clean than broadloom carpet. Broadloom 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.
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2. Easy Installation –
Carpet tiles are easier to install than broadloom carpet. In addition, it costs less to install carpet tiles than to install broadloom 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. Imagine trying to fight with a roll of carpet in an elevator, which would be a horrible experience, and then think about how easy it is to just carry boxes of carpet tiles. Carpet tile is 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.
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3. Less Waste –
Most people would just think to throw away carpet tiles because they are flooring, but carpet tiles can be recycled into other products such as plastic car parts, medical equipment, and even new carpet. Say for example that in one year, everyone recycled 20,000 sq. ft. of carpet tiles, which prevents about 46,000 pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the air. Keeping that much carbon dioxide out of the air is the same as not burning 48 barrels of oil, not consuming 8,800 liters of gasoline, not driving your car for 1,500 days, and turning off all the electricity in your house for 990 days. Carpet tiles need to be recycled because there is already so much carpet being put into landfills every year. Carpet is estimated to make up 2% of materials in landfills, which means that by the end of 2014 there will be about 6.7 billion pounds of carpet sitting in landfills. If we were to start recycling every single carpet tile, which are recyclable, then we would quit adding on to that harmful buildup in the landfills. Also, many carpet tile manufacturers are creating recycling or reuse programs, which make recycling carpet tile easier and more manageable than before. Some manufacturers have said that they have reclaimed over 100 million pounds of carpet each year.
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4. 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.
Here is a slideshow of some creative carpet tile ideas:

5. Cost Effective –
Carpet tile may cost twice as much as broadloom carpet, but it will also last two times as long as broadloom 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 broadloom carpet only lasts for 7-10 years. Also, when you purchase carpet tile, 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. After purchasing the carpet tiles, you can easily save a lot of money on installation, which was already mentioned above.
cost effective carpet tile

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Shaw Introduces Bio Renewable Adhesive

Shaw Industries Group, Inc announced on September 23, 2104 that they are introducing a new bio renewable adhesive, which will be used with the company’s commercial carpet tile products. This new adhesive is the first Cradle to Cradle Certified wet flooring adhesive, which represents a complete Cradle to Cradle flooring solution when the product is used with Shaw’s EcoWorx backed carpet tile. The new adhesive is pressure-sensitive and it is Cradle to Cradle Certified Silver. The product has achieved the Green Label Plus via CRI’s indoor air quality adhesive testing program and contributes to LEED.
Brenda Knowles, the vice president of commercial marketing and product development at Shaw, says that the company relentlessly pursues durability and sustainability for its clients with the use of renewable resources. Peter Sigmon, the vice president of innovation at Shaw, says that this new adhesive is the latest example of innovation at Shaw.Click here to see our Shaw carpet collection.
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Mannington Commercial’s tx:style Perspectives Collection

Vinyl Flooring by Mannington Commercial
Mannington Commercial has launched a new tx:style Perspectives Collection, and this collection was designed in collaboration with Paul Lewandowski of SMRT and designer Katie Henry. This collection, which is a broadloom and 24″x24″ modular carpet, interprets abstract organic shapes in structured layers of pattern.
Paul Lewandowski was inspired by the striated basaltic rocks and colors, which are found along the Maine coastline, to create Coastal Rocks. He has worked with many clients in different professions and he has noticed that organic patterns work well in commercial settings. The Coastal Rocks design is an organic stripe, which was inspired by how rocky outcrops and tide pools form patterns, and the design was also inspired by the living organisms that create additional layers on the pools.
Katie Henry designed the pattern called Stacked Up, and this pattern complements Coastal Rocks. Stacked Up resembles the natural and handmade shapes formed by stacked stones. Katie Henry created the design with a more abstract look than just the basic look of stacked stones.
The collection’s colors are a combination of neutral and pop colors that work well together. The colors were selected with particular emphasis on their of use natural inspirations to create complex combinations.
Antron Lumena fiber and Mannington’s construction unite to create a low maintenance, high durability carpet, engineered to retain color and texture, which give the Perspectives collection a high appeal. This collection also has the Mannington Colorsafe bleach warranty, Xguard stain warranty, and some of the other warranties that the company has.
The collection is available in modular carpet on Infinity Modular backing and it has 30 percent minimum recycled content. If you purchase the collection in broadloom then it has UltraBac RE and 10 percent post-consumer recycled content reclaimed through Mannington’s LOOP program. All of the products in the collection are NSF/ANSI-140 Platinum certified and they are made in the USA in ISO 14001 certified facilities.

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Mannington Commercial’s New Collection – Against the Grain

At NeoCon 2014, Mannington Commercial revealed their new 18″x36″ carpet plank collection, Against the Grain. The new collection is inspired by the bold grains of rough hewn and reclaimed woods. The collection unites four distinctly cut aesthetics. The collection’s tonality brings together all of the different textures and patterns, which creates a unique design on the floor. The long tonal space-dyed nylon comes in 15 colors.

Against the Grain has four pattern components, which can be used individually or in any combination. The four patterns allow you to have a unique and creative space. The collection is designed for easy installation and the patterns are mix-and-match.

The collection is available on rEvolve thermoplastic polyolefin backing, with 0 vinyl, 40 percent minimum recycled content, 10 percent post-consumer (NSF/ANSI Certified Platinum). In addition, the collection is available on Infinity RE Modular: 30 percent minimum recycled content. EPDs are available for both backings.

The high performance Ultron 6,6 nylon and Mannington’s construction make this collection have high performance, high durability, and low maintenance. The carpet is designed to retain the color and texture, which sets the collection apart. The carpet has a colorsafe bleach warranty, Xguard stain warranty, and lifetime backing warranties.

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Carpet Squares

Carpet squares are a great flooring choice for anyone that is creative and innovative. Many people believe that carpet squares are only for commercial buildings, but even though they have a commercial construction, they are also great for residential as well. Carpet squares are available in many colors and designs, which creates a lot of creative design opportunities.

They can be rotated or changed to make many types of looks. They can also be picked up and cleaned easily. The ability to move them how you want to allows you to hide the look of traffic. Carpet squares do not show much traffic to begin with, and they will not wrinkle. Also, any spills will not permeate into the backing because carpet squares are moisture proof. They can be easily washed in your own sink or tub to get out any stains.

Carpet squares are a great choice if you want a durable and versatile flooring. All of the colors and designs can be used in as many ways as you can think. Creativity and durability make carpet squares a smart flooring option.

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Commercial Carpet Tile Finds a Niche in Residential Flooring

Many consumers seem to be learning about the great value of carpet tiles. There is an ever-growing list of advantages presented by carpet tile.

Carpet Tile from Carpet ExpressPerformance. Originally designed for commercial applications, most carpet tile has excellent heavy-duty backing. These products are very durable and perform great under heavy traffic.

Carpet tile is the ultimate DIY product. There is no need for carpet pad, tack-strips, or stretching-in the carpet. There are no huge rolls to wrestle with, and if you stain or ruin an area, you can simply pull up one carpet square and replace it, rather than replacing an entire room.

Great prices. These high quality carpet tiles are sold around 75¢ a square foot. These products were originally sold for $1.50 to $3.00 a square foot. Here’s why: When manufacturers make large runs of carpet-tile, they have small quantities leftover. We buy up these leftovers and that translates into huge savings on high quality products for our customers. We also purchase carpet tiles with slight defects not suitable for a 1st quality commercial installation, but are just fine for residential use.

If you are in the market for new carpet, especially in a den or playroom, you should really check out our fantastic deals on commercial carpet tiles specials.


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