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Carpet Tiles vs Wall-to-Wall Carpets – Which Is Better?

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Karl Batson
Head of Operations
Last Updated: 15 March 2024
Total read time: 3 min
Modern office space with carpet tiles.

When you go shopping for carpet flooring, you’ll come face-to-face with two popular options: carpet tiles and wall-to-wall-carpets. Wall-to-wall carpets, also known as broadloom, come in 12-foot wide rolls and are placed on an extra layer of padding on the floor substrate. Carpet tiles, however, come in smaller, cut-out-sized squares and are placed directly on the floor substrate.

Both flooring options are popular for good reasons. Broadloom carpeting is a traditional, more widely used choice in commercial settings. However, carpet tiles have also been rising in popularity due to their easy maintenance and cost-efficiency. To further elaborate, let’s compare the two carpet flooring options.

Installation & Maintenance  

Wall-to-wall carpeting is usually the most common type of installation for carpeted flooring. It takes more time to install, however, because the broadloom roll needs to be laid on carpet padding. However, due to the carpet not being laid directly on the substrate, you’re guaranteed an even floor surface despite imperfections on the floor substrate.

Carpet tile flooring is much faster to install since you simply have to attach the square tiles to the floor. Due to the installation being so easy, long-term maintenance is quick and cost-efficient too. Instead of removing the entire flooring, with carpet tiles, you can treat specific areas by removing tiles and applying new ones!

Design Options

Multiple carpet samples on the floor.

If you’re on the lookout for a seamless design pattern that’s to be replicated on your flooring, then a wall-to-wall carpet is ideal. Although costly, you’ll be guaranteed a seamless design, due to there being no interruptions caused by individual tile applications.

However, if you are looking for a more eccentric pattern and look, opt for a carpet tile. With the freedom to choose multiple patterns and shapes, you can let your imagination run wild and put your personality in your living space. Additionally, homeowners prefer carpet tiles for living spaces that have high foot traffic, since maintenance is easier!

The Verdict

The kind of carpet flooring you choose depends heavily on your budget, living space and personal preferences. If you want to spend the extra money for added comfort and feel, you can opt for a wall-to-wall carpet. However, if durability and cost efficiency are on top of your list, then carpet tiles are the perfect match for you.

Whichever option you choose, at Flooring King, we offer both flooring options in premium quality. We have floor carpet and carpet tiles for sale online, and would love to help you choose! You can order free samples from our online store to get the look and feel of the material before making a conclusive decision.

Contact us for more information about our services.

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Karl Batson - Head of Operations

I have 5 years experience in the flooring industry and plenty more experience in managing operations of businesses. I have a great desire and passion for ensuring all operations from top to bottom run as they should. The flooring industry brings many challenges within my job role that I thrive on and with our vast range of brands and products every day is an exciting day.

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