A lot of savvy homeowners these days choose carpet tiles because they have grown to realize the downside of traditional carpets. Sometimes called carpet squares, these carpets have long been used in many commercial settings. Today, they are slowly becoming a popular choice in many residential setups.
A Little History First…
The oldest known carpet was found in Siberia and dates back to the 5th century BC; the oldest known surviving one was recorded to have been used in the third millennium BC; this is almost 4,000 years ago.
Back in the day, all carpets had to be handmade with each one composing of thousands of knots that have been interwoven to form the most beautiful works of art. Carpet technology has long since changed.
The carpet industry was revolutionized in the 1930s. A handful of entrepreneurs discovered how to mass produce carpets by using machines. Suddenly, everyone could already afford a carpet. Wall-to-wall carpeting became common in the ‘50s when synthetic fibers were finally introduced to the carpet-making industry.
Carpet tiles became available in the country during the late ‘80s. Today, there is an assortment of carpet tile sizes in the market.
There are many benefits in using carpet tiles especially when you are out to cover a large area. Just picture this – you need to load the rolled up carpet into your home and you have not hired enough men to do the handiwork for you. What do you do then?
A roll of carpet can weigh as much as half a pound for every square foot. A hundred foot long can be as heavy as 600 pounds; and with its awkward size of 12 feet by 150 feet, you can just imagine how two people are going to carry this weight to your living room.
Carpet tiles save you from this grueling scenario by providing you with the right-sized pieces. Typically, these squares measure 12” to 18” and they are bundled by the dozen or in half dozens. This bundle weighs much lighter than the rolled up carpet, meaning, even you can carry 1-2 bundles in just one go. Also, these squares are easier to transport if you have a small car.
Beyond the size and weight, you also need to consider how you will store the carpet. A bundle or unused carpet tiles can be easily stacked in any small closet but try storing a rolled carpet and you know how unsightly it becomes. It is also a challenge to store rolled carpets since it always presents a 12-foot width (this is often too large for many closets).
Carpet tiles also help you minimize waste, thus, you save some money in the long run. Bundles of 6 or 12 are easier to estimate in terms of area coverage. As you are able to estimate the number of tiles used early on, you significantly reduce the amount of waste that carpeting could bring.
Do you want to be flexible in designing your living room floor? Then choose carpet tiles since they offer flexibility in design as they also unleash the creativity in you. With these, you can easily establish visual separation in your space.
Yet another advantage in choosing carpet tiles is ease in installation. Traditional carpets require adhesives, padding and tack strips. Cutting them also requires extensive labor, add to this the trimming, binding and gluing tasks and you have just about filled your whole day with carpet work.
Carpet tiles are every DIY enthusiast’s dream. It is easy to have them laid down on the floor and then to trim them to fit. They do not require special adhesives so they will never damage the floor. So, are you ready for your first DIY carpet installation project?