Demand for cheap residential carpet tiles has increased dramatically over the last 5 years. Originally, carpet tiles were primarily used in offices, hotels, airports etc. Now carpet tiles are installed everywhere including homes and apartments. Bedrooms, basements, living rooms and playrooms are popular areas that you see see these used. Most consumers have been aware of the benefits of using carpeting tiles. The ability to install them yourself and replace as needed are huge benefits. The development of residential carpet tiles and squares opened up the ability to use carpet tiles in almost every room of the home. There are a few differences between commercial and residential carpet tiles, also called panels or squares. Primarily the construction differs between the two. Commercial carpet squares and tiles tend to have a loop design in which all of the yarns are tufted into a tight, short loop. Residential carpet tiles and panels offer a variety of designs. There are three main types of residential tiles to give you maximum flexibility in picking the look you want.
Frieze carpet squares and tiles are manufactured the same way as frieze carpet. This design has a fluffy, soft feel. Each yarn was a high degree of twist and looks somewhat similar to a shag but without the big bulky look. Also, frieze carpet usually has flecks built into it where a primary color is used, but small flecks of other complementing colors are slightly blended in. This blended or flecked look gives a lot of design options and flexibility when picking colors. There are only a few brands offered in the market for residential frieze carpeting tiles. Milliken’s Legato Touch is the most popular and well established of these. Not only has Milliken been manufacturing carpet tiles for years with a proven design, but Legato Touch is offered at a great price point, usually under $2 per square foot. An advantage to frieze residential carpet tiles is that this style lends itself very well to hiding the seams where residential tiles join.
Textured plush carpet tiles are slightly more traditional than frieze styles. With a semi-trackless appearance, residential carpet tiles and squares with a textured plush construction, give a slightly more formal look. Plush carpet tiles have a level surface and tend to feel denser that a frieze design. If you like a traditional carpet style but want to use carpet tile, this is the type to search for. Milliken’s Legato Embrace is the clear market leader in plush carpet panels for the home. With prices generally under $3.00 per foot, this carpet tile can still be less expensive than buying carpet, padding and paying for installation. Generally, plush carpeting tiles will have the largest selection of solid colors to choose from.
There is a third option for using residential carpet panels and tiles in the home. Milliken makes a hybrid carpet panel called Fuse. Although, a loop design like commercial tiles, the loops are a little denser giving it a softer feel. Fuse has a unique color and pattern range that offers the ability to mix and match carpet panels by color or pattern or both. Each color in the Fuse product line has several different patterns, so you can stay with one color and use different patterns for a custom look if you want to create something unique. Hybrids and other commercial tiles can still be used in the home. By using these designs you can get a long lasting, rugged carpet tile and still take advantage of the other benefits of using carpet squares and tiles. You can find Milliken Fuse priced under $3 a square foot and patterned, commercial carpet squares for under $1 a square foot.
A tip when shopping for the cheapest price on residential tiles is to make sure you are comparing equivalent prices. Some prices will be listed as priced per square foot, others will be by the square yard. You can convert the price per square yard by dividing the price by 9 to get the price per square foot. Others will only list the price per box or carton. Simply divide the carton total price by the amount of square feet in the carton and you have your price per square foot. Another tip is to remember that Milliken residential carpet panels and some other manufacturer’s tiles have built in padding that saves even more money versus traditional carpet.