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All types of buildings need to have a flooring solution. This can be from concrete blocks in a parking lot, to marble floors from Italy, hardwood, laminate, ceramic tiles, vinyl and a long time favorite, carpets and the newer carpet tiles.

Every type of flooring solution responds to a particular set of needs and this should be the major factor behind the chosen type of floor. Carpet and carpet tiles are no different in this respect from all other types flooring, whether the requirement is for residential or commercial use.

There are some basic differences between commercial and residential requirements, as well as some similarities.

Some of the similarities between the requirements for these two, are:

1. In both cases they are softer to the foot step. Hard flooring on the other hand is not. A simple description of the differences is when you look at an example. Just mark the difference between standing for hours on a concrete floor as compared to a soft carpet.

2. Variety of colors and designs. Although hard flooring has come a long way in designs, the differences in color tones and hues as well as the thickness and variety of the yarns that are used, provide a much wider range of colors. Additionally carpet can mix yarns, construction and yarn height. Carpet tiles manufacturers also provide styles and designs that are printed into the carpet. This means the variety is even greater.

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3. They provide temperature and sound insulation, both of which are looked for at home or in the work place.

When you compare carpet tiles and carpet rolls, the first thing that is patently obvious is that there is much less waste in tiles because of the different sizes. Rolls are made “x”yards long but the width is 12 feet and up. Tiles come in a range of sizes that go from 18 inches to 36 inches (in some cases 1 meter). When it comes to installation, and remembering that rooms come in different sizes and shapes, it is much easier to fit a 36 inch carpet tile than a 12 foot carpet roll. In both cases excess material needs to be taken into account, but in general a rule of thumb will be 2% additional carpet tiles, and between 8 and 12% carpet roll. This has an obvious effect in costs.

Installation is also much simpler where additionally residential carpet tiles in many cases (Legato carpet from Milliken, for example) have the adhesive as part of the tile underside.

A further advantage is storage, transport and maneuverability. In all cases carpet squares represent less costs. Moving a box is much, much easier than moving a long roll, and it is not only the weight but also the size of the roll makes it cumbersome.

The effect of these tile properties is that installation is easier, less expensive and gives you the flexibility of doing it yourself or contracting an installer.

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Source by Philip Robinson

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