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Commercial Carpet Education

How to Choose Commercial Carpet

Office buildings, retail space, and other high-traffic commercial areas use commercial carpeting. Commercial carpet is designed to last longer than residential carpet and this is now a reason for its growth in popularity for the home. Quality commercial carpet also saves you a great deal of money.

Commercial carpet is made from cut pile, cut and loop, textured loop, or level loop; this short loop means less carpet matting, stays looking new longer and wears much better which adds to it lasting longer. This carpet is dense and has a low pile. It is the best-tasting and least expensive carpeting in the market.

Homeowners have been recognizing the value of installing commercial carpeting in their homes. If the commercial carpet was as plush or soft as residential carpeting, it would be used more. Homeowners prefer the pile height of residential carpeting. There are beautiful commercial carpets available now and their use is opted more now in home offices, dens, and family rooms.

The type of construction a carpet has determines its looks. Low dense, loop piles are popular for lobbies, offices, hotel rooms, classrooms, and health care facilities. These carpets provide a surface that is easier to move rolling traffic such as carts and wheelchairs. Cut pile and loop pile is favored more for administrative areas and individual offices.

The density of the pile yarn such as lower pile height with higher pile yarn density gives the best value.

Carpet backing cannot be overlooked. Different carpet backing types serve different functionality including moisture resistance. Carpet is manufactured by fusion bonding, weaving, or tufting. Tufting accounts for more than 90% of all commercial carpet construction. That is because it is efficient, adorable, and offers style and pattern variety.

The production of tufted carpet is done on machines similar to large sewing machines, with hundreds of needles that stitch hundreds of rows of pile yarn tufts to the primary backing. The yarn is held in place, and a secondary backing is laminated with latex to the carpet.

Woven carpet is created on looms that weave the carpet. A latex back coating is then applied. Fusion-bonded carpets, constructed with implanting yarns into a coated backing, are backed with stabilizing polymeric materials.

Manufacturers claim a 20-40 year life expectancy on commercial carpets. The reality is that by about 10 years the carpet becomes old looking and no longer attractive. This depends on the traffic the carpet gets. Lighter traffic situations can see the life expectancy of the carpet to be longer. In-home commercial carpeting uses, the expectancy will be considerably longer.

Having the carpets regularly cleaned using a hot water extraction method would help extend the life of the carpet. Equipment and cleaning solutions based on the manufacturer’s instructions should be used.

Carpets begin to look old and worn as a result of discoloration and fading of the carpet’s color. Often blame is put on the carpet being worn when in fact it is the fading color that creates the problem.

Choose quality carpet for carpeting a commercial building or home to gain years of enjoyment.

Carpet Tiles

Carpet tiles normally consist of bonded carpets. Carpet tiles have a main advantage in that you can replace a damaged or worn area without replacing the whole carpet. From underneath furniture, i.e. tiles can be swapped with those in high-traffic areas to even out wear. Carpet tiles also allow for easy access to under-floor wiring and plumbing. Extra replacement carpet tiles should be purchased at the same time the main batch is purchased. Those bought at a later date may have a slightly different color than the original purchased.

Carpet tiles are quick and easy to install. They take less time to install and require fewer special tools. Carpet tiles can be used for any room. Though the pile is not as dense as rolled carpet, it can serve just as well in high and low-traffic areas.

Carpet tiles (“carpet squares”) normally come in one size: 18×18″. Available are varying thicknesses and patterns, as well as hundreds of colors. Carpet tiles can be purchased dry-backed or self-sticking. Dry-backed tiles need a special adhesive or double-faced tape, for less permanent jobs. As long as the surface is clean and dry you can install carpet tiles, though it is not recommended for use in below-ground areas such as basements because it can mildew.