Carpet tile, also known as modular tile, is carpet manufactured in tiles or as piece goods. Carpet tiles are more popular with our commercial customers than our residential customers. Carpet tile is commonly cut to 18-inch by 18-inch, 24-inch by 24-inch, or 36-inch by 36-inch squares but some carpet makers think outside the box and offer hexagons and rectangles. Carpet tiles are originally manufactured as broadloom and then cut into tiles or modules. So, as you may expect, some of the modular carpet is also available in a matching broadloom carpet (which functions as a coordinating product). We will attempt to save our customers money by blending the smart application of broadloom and modular. The backing is constructed in a way to prevent unraveling.
Pros and Cons of Modular Carpet. The price for the carpet (i.e., excluding labor) may increase by 35 to 65 percent to transition from a broadloom to carpet tiles. That is, the same carpet in a tile or modular form may cost 35 to 65 percent more than the same carpet in a broadloom. However, the total installed price may be less. How? Using carpet tiles may prevent an owner from needing to temporarily evacuate the building and remove all furnishings. We achieve this by the use of a furniture lift system. We cannot unroll a large roll of broadloom carpet in an occupied room, but we can lift furniture an inch high and slip carpet tiles under the furniture. Another benefit of carpet tiles above broadloom carpet is that a single carpet tile can be replaced easily if damaged. Finally, carpet tiles are often impervious to moisture (but not at the joints). This means that carpet tiles would resist spills penetrating below the backing, but it also means that carpet tiles may be unsuitable for a below-grade application.
Patterns. The pattern of the face yarn will frequently be described as geometric, graphic, linear, organic, prints, solid, and tweed.
Installation Formats. The installation formats include ashlar, brick, diagonal, monolithic, quarter turn, and random. Although, it should be noted that not all carpet tiles are eligible for all formats. For example, some large scale or linear styles must be quarter turned and will not look correct if randomly installed. Click here to see possible formats.
Installation Method. As with ceramic tile, we first establish control lines against which we position the first row of tiles in a pyramid technique. We install the cartons according to their numbered sequence. The directional arrow on the back of each module helps our installers maintain the correct format or layout for one-directional or multi-directional installations. In most cases, adhesive is used to attach the tile to the substrate for a direct-glue installation. However, some carpet tiles do not require adhesive. The tiles are installed with a loose-lay installation with locking edges or with adhesive tabs.