From older carpet styles to new carpet styles, we explore the history of floor coverings through the years!
Comfortable, beautiful, elegant, and even luxurious, carpet has been the flooring option of choice in homes across the world for centuries. Carpet tile, however, made popular in offices and other commercial applications sometime in the middle of the 1900s, has had a slow ascent into home use. Today, however, the carpet tile trend has picked up with more interior designers and homeowners preferring it to traditional carpeting. Before your next carpeting project begins, consider these four reasons to choose carpet tile.
The average home carpeting project creates up to several feet of carpet waste – in fact, the EPA estimates that as much as 40% of our waste comes from construction projects, a generous portion of which can be attributed to carpet. Cutting around corners, trimming off excess, and poorly planned ordering can all produce waste, the vast majority of which ends up in a landfill somewhere. Choosing to outfit your home with tiles instead can greatly eliminate waste, as many of the pieces you cut off can be used elsewhere and any unused tiles can still be useful for another project.
With the broadloom carpets of yore, there was only one way to install them and only one result that you would see at the end. With carpet tiles, however, the possibilities are endless! Experiment with different patterns and mix-and-match possibilities to come up with a truly unique and inspired design. Whether you do a classic checkerboard pattern or create something entirely abstract, you will be sure of getting something that you won’t find in any other home.
You don’t need to hire a professional to install your new carpet tiles. Installation is a breeze – all you need are some basic math skills, a sharp razor to make clean cuts where they are needed, and a heavy-duty carpet tile adhesive. Figuring out how you want to lay your tiles may be the biggest challenge of the installation. And if your flooring becomes ripped or damaged later on, the solution is as simple as replacing one or two tiles.
Carpet tiles come in a huge variety of sizes, colors, patterns, and textures, so your options are virtually limitless. Just about anything, in fact, that you could get in a broadloom carpet is also available in a tile. Choose from small 18 inch squares or tiles as large as four feet, and color-coordinate them however your heart desires. At Windows Floors & Decor, we love the modern low-pile options that are long-lasting and easy to clean. But whatever you prefer, you can be sure that we have something that will work for your home.
Carpet tile may not be the best choice for every application, but with so many great things about it, you can’t go wrong choosing carpet tile as part of your next home improvement project. Head on down to your local Windows Floors & Decor to speak with a consultant who can help you find what you need and stay on budget while you’re doing it.