Are carpet squares a good option for floor covering? With so many different options, what do you need to know about carpet tiles and squares to make a great purchase? carpet tiles or squares have been around a long time. I remember my parents using carpet squares in our basement 35 years ago as a cheap way to cover the concrete floor for a play area. However, squares and tiles have come a long way in the flooring market since then.

Carpet squares and tiles, manufactured from carpet goods, are used most commonly in the Do-It-Yourself market segment. A very typical use is in a playroom. Other areas that you will see carpet tiles installed are bonus rooms, basements, and spare rooms. Almost anyone can install these themselves with a level, clean floor and a sharp carpet knife!

Many tiles and squares now have an integral padding with an underside that has a tacky finish to keep the tile in place. To install, you simply start with a level layout and work your way throughout the room. Not only are they easy to put down, but if one ever gets soiled enough that needs changing, you simply pull it up and replace it with a spare (hint, buy extra when you purchase to have extras later on down the road, you will thank me later!).

The most predominant and popular carpet squares come in 18"x18" tiles and have a residential look and feel of a cut pile or trackless design carpet. You will see a variety of different yarns used in manufacturing ranging from Nylon to Polypropylene. Another type of square available is a commercial loop design. This commercial style will usually come in 3'x3' squares and have a little heavier rubbery backing than the residential styles. You can use either one depending on the look and style you like.

If you are using a solid tile, consider doing a checkerboard design! A checkerboard design looks great when down and can give a room a little more flair than just a solid square. If you don't like the uniform look of the checkerboard layout, try mixing two colors in the squares to create a contemporary design. You can do this by using a primary color square for about 60-70 percent of the room and then randomly use another contrasting colored square every thirf or fourth tile you install.

When shopping for carpet squares and tiles keep in mind this hint, convert the price per square foot to price per square yard (take the price per square foot and multiply by 9). The price per square foot may be a little deceiving. For example, if the tiles are $3.00 a foot, that's $27.00 a yard! For $27.00 a yard you can get much better carpet and padding including installation for less money. Just keep a watchful eye out for the discounted deals under $.99 cents or so per foot if you are looking for an inexpensive solution. The concept of using carpet squares centers around being able to do it yourself, not necessarily saving a lot of money on the materials. Don't get me wrong, you can find great deals out there, just be sure you make an informed decision when looking at options.


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