Choosing the right flooring is a big decision. You need to consider all the options carefully as once you’ve chosen you won’t want to replace it in a hurry. It is worth noting that both carpet tiles and wall-to-wall carpets come in a variety of quality levels. You’ll definitely want to pick the best quality that your budget will stretch to.
The first thing to note is that carpet tiles are generally cheaper to purchase and install. Both types of flooring are better with underlay and the available underlay products can be used with either type of flooring.
The real difference is in the cost of the product. Carpet tiles are cheaper and there is often less wastage. In addition, carpet tiles are easy to fit by yourself, carpets tend to be more challenging, encouraging you to use a professional.
Ease Of Fitting
As mentioned, carpet tiles can be easily adhered to your floor or underlay. Simple start in the centre of the room and work your way out, ensuring every tile is adjacent to the next. The edging tiles can be cut with scissors or a knife to create the perfect finish.
In contrast, a carpet needs to be rolled out across the room and then fastened onto grippers. At the same time it must be pulled taut, usually with a knee pusher. This makes it more difficult and often a two-person job.
In short, fitting carpet is more time consuming and expensive.
Carpets and carpet tiles need to be vacuumed regularly and perhaps damp mopped to ensure they stay looking good. Most modern carpets and carpet tiles have a stain resistant coating that helps them to repel liquids and stains.
However, accidents happen and the floor can be damaged. In this instance it can be impossible to do anything other than replace the entire carpet. That’s not an issue with carpet tiles, you can replace just the ones that have been damaged. That’s significantly cheaper and easier.
Carpet tiles have come a long way in recent years and you’ll find there are an array of options regarding color and patterns. There is generally something that will appeal to you for the designated space.
However, it should be noted that carpets offer a much bigger array of options, including different colors, finishes, and styles. This may make carpet the better option, especially if you’re pushing a unique feel for your room.
Professional fitters will make your carpet tiles seem virtually seamless. However, they will still be visible and this can affect the way you look at the space. Wall-to-wall carpets don’t suffer from this issue, potentially making them the better option.
The Bottom Line
Deciding between carpet tiles and wall-to-wall carpet is a difficult decision. It’s also a personal one and there is no right or wrong answer. You must choose the one that best suits your budget and your needs. Then, you’ll be happy with how it looks for the long term.