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They say variety is the spice of life and that is exactly what carpet tiles offer: Variety! While carpet tiles come in a box, you can’t put the significant design possibilities of carpet tiles in one. You may be pondering, “What exactly are carpet tiles?” Allow us to thank you for asking. Carpet tiles are individual 24″ x 24″ tiles of glue down commercial carpet. They were created as a result of brilliant carpet designers realizing that carpet wears down in the traffic areas while the peripheral carpet is usually in excellent condition. Instead of having to endure the cost and strain of an entire carpet replacement, worn carpet tiles can be pulled up and easily replaced while the carpet in perfect condition can remain. But wait, there’s more! Because these are literally tiles of carpet, you can create interesting patterns during installation just like porcelain tile. Lay them in a brick pattern or rotate the tiles randomly. You can even buy different colors of the same style to really mix it up or install blocks of color to designate activity areas or as directional tools in large commercial buildings. Is your imagination sparked yet?
Keep in mind two things if you are considering carpet tiles:
1. A bit of pre-planning is necessary for future replacement, therefore, it’s always a good idea to buy an extra case or two at the initial purchase just to insure your carpet is still available years later.
2. While carpet tiles can be used for residential applications, they are designed for commercial use; therefore, they glue down to the subfloor and will not have any padding for cushion.