Are Carpet Tiles A Good Choice for Floors?

The global market value of flooring surpassed 3 billion dollars in 2018. By 2020, it should reach 331 billion dollars.

The latest flooring trend to hit the market is carpet tiles. They are a modular-style of carpet that offers flexibility and customization.

Read on for everything you want to know about carpet tiles.

What are Carpet Tiles?

Carpet tiles are squares of carpet that fit together. They are also called modular carpet or carpet squares. The standard sizes are 24? x 24? or 18? x 18? (but some come as small as 12 x 12?.)

They are a soft-flooring budget solution that is durable and versatile. Carpet tiles work well in playrooms, home offices, basements and can be stylish area rugs.

They are also popping up in commercial spaces that want to make a statement from the ground up. Check out the 8 best carpet brands you can buy.

Carpet Tiles are Easy To Install

Traditional broadloom carpet comes in large 15″ wide rolls. Professional carpet installers should install it because of tricky seams and specialized tools needed for the job. Also, transporting those heavy, large rolls of carpet is very difficult.

Carpet tiles, on the other hand, are easy to transport and install as a DIY project. You need basic equipment such as a floor scraper and double-sided adhesive carpet tape.

Review this step-by-step guide for a carpet tile installation tutorial.

Carpet Tiles Let You Be Creative

Carpet tiles offer greater design flexibility than broadloom carpet and many types of hard flooring. Carpet tiles let you be creative and show off your personality. With these interlocking carpet tiles, you can add a pop of color or mix and match bright colors.

It’s possible to create a wide range of colors, patterns, and designs on a modular carpet that you can’t recreate in broadloom. You can create subtle patterning or be bold with complementary tiles.

Best of all, you are not tied to a particular layout or look for years and years. You can swap out the bold colors or re-arrange the layout whenever you want.

If you’re looking to make your playroom an inviting, happy space for your kids or add some style to your family room, carpet tiles can help.

Cost of Carpet Tiles

Carpet tiles can be less expensive than other carpet options. If you install them yourself you’ll save on labor, delivery plus underpadding.

Carpet tiles cost much less than hard-floor options. Yet the can still add warmth and color to any space.

With Broadloom carpet, you can’t turn the carpet to cover one last foot of space because it won’t match the rest. So even if you only need an extra foot or two, you will have to pay for the entire roll.

With carpet tiles, you will have less waste because they are smaller.

Carpet Tiles Are Durable and Long-Lasting

Most carpet tiles are low pile, looped and very tight. This means they can handle a lot of foot traffic (even commercial use). If you install them at home, you can expect them to last.

You can choose tiles with stain protection too!

Thanks to the backing and the tight weave, carpet tiles are more resistant to water and moisture than traditional broadloom carpet.

This is not to say carpet tiles are waterproof. However, they can withstand a spill or pet accidents. Learn about pet-proof carpet.

Carpet tiles also protect your sub-floor from damage. Your carpet tiles have a longer lifetime than broadloom carpet.

If your kids spill grape juice or a can of nail polish on an area, you are able to pop out the stained tiles and put fresh ones in. This way, your carpet will always look fresh and in good shape.

Note: Buy extra tile so that you are able to replace sections as needed with the identical product.

Carpet Tiles Are Easy to Clean

You can vacuum the tiles as you would with any carpet. As carpet tiles are flatter and have a low pile, they trap fewer crumbs and other debris.

This helps improve the indoor air quality. If anyone in your home has allergies, carpet tiles are a nice soft, warm option as an alternative to hard flooring.

Best Rooms to Install Carpet Tiles

Just about every room in your home can benefit from the use of carpet tiles. Here are three scenarios where seamless carpet tiles are a great choice.


Many people worry about using expensive flooring in basements because of the risk of flooding.

After a flood ruins, you have to tear out traditional broadloom carpet. However, you can peel carpet tiles off the floor to dry in the event of a flood.

To re-install, you will need to dry the basement sub-floor and get more adhesive carpet tape. Also, if damage only happened to one section due to a foundation crack or leaky window, you can replace what you need instead of the whole basement.


Screened-in porches and three-season rooms transition you from indoor to outdoor spaces and can be one of the most enjoyable spaces in your home.

With carpet tiles, your screened-in porch can have the comfort and warmth of carpet. You can install carpet tiles on top of your existing deck. Choose a carpet tile that is UV resistant to prevent fading due to sunlight.

Over Existing Flooring

You can install carpet squares on top of another flooring. If you hate to rip up original hardwood but want the warmth and softness of carpet, carpet tiles are your best bet.

You can place carpet tiles over the wood, preserving your home’s value and giving you the benefits of carpet.

Cons of Carpet Tiles

There are some cons to carpet tiles that you should consider.

For one thing, the seams of the carpet tiles are more visible than wall-to-wall carpet. If not installed carefully, the seams could appear un-even and sloppy.

Like carpet rolls, carpet tiles are not good fits for areas where moisture where mold and mildew may lurk. Also, the subfloor needs to be clean and even for the best possible carpet tile installation result.

Final Thoughts

We hope you’ve enjoyed this guide on carpet tiles.

Regardless of the type of flooring, you are looking for, Empire Flooring will ensure that you get the best deal possible.

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