Flooring (Carpet Tile) Is the Main Ingredient

Carpet Tile

Selecting the right flooring(Carpet Tiles) for any project not only adds to its look, but the experience and overall feel.Carpet tile is a versatile element that can play many different roles within a project. They can define spaces within a space without any additional architectural elements which help keeps the cost down. They also can help impact the scale of the space, making it feel larger or smaller than it is. One other important thing they can be the fun element in the space with different colors,textures,and patterns are used. Carpet tiles are fun,low priced,and easy to install making them a great choice for any project.

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Top 11 Reasons to Buy Carpet Tile

11 Reasons to Buy Carpet Tile

There are still a lot of misconceptions about carpet tiles out there. The primary misconception is that carpet tiles are only good for commercial buildings. It’s just not true. Carpet tiles are good for most any installation. And if you are the creative type, you’ll find a lot of versatility with colors and patterns for unique designs.

If you are thinking about using carpet tiles for your next flooring project, consider this list of reasons to buy carpet tiles over other flooring products.

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A Brief History of Carpet Tiles

History of Carpet Tiles

The concept of flooring tile goes back thousands of years when hard surfaces of various rock forms, baked clay, and ceramic were being used. The early users of these initial tile flooring types needed something to cover their dirt floors that were of a size that could be easily carried to where the floor was located. These hard surface types of flooring preceded woven grasses and fabrics that were used to cover the ground; such as, mats and rugs. As civilization progressed, wood tiles and certain forms of metal, glass, and rubber tiles were used. Also, finely finished rocks; such as, limestone and granite, were being improved for the “now” classic look of stone tiles.

Flash forward to the mid-nineteenth century and you find the first carpet tiles being used. It was then that a small Dutch company outside of Amsterdam, Holland, made the first “true” carpet tile. The name of this company was Heuga and their initial business was making bicycle seat covers with animal hides. They purchased a needle punch machine which enabled them to use the horse and hog hair yarn to manufacture wider width fabric ideal for carpet tiles. Heuga strived, at this relatively early date, to make sure that they were using a waste by-product from local slaughter houses. Not only did they continue to cut their bicycle seats from this new fabric, but they also began to sell rugs and broadloom carpet. However, they were still concerned with using as much of the product as they could to eliminate waste. They began experimenting with putting an asphalt (bitumen) backing on their fabric to give it stiffness and further durability plus dimensional stability. They cut the fabric into 10 inch squares so the homes and commercial buildings using their product didn’t create the waste they did when cutting in a wall-to-wall carpet installation.

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How to Install Vinyl Plank Flooring

Vinyl-Plank-flooring-bathroomFOCUSfloors & Furnishings has recently introduced vinyl plank flooring to its line of durable and beautiful flooring products, which also includes carpet tiles for residential and commercial installation. Vinyl plank flooring is a unique product that looks like natural wood. The high resolution finish is very realistic and difficult to discern the difference with a visual examination. Vinyl plank flooring has a couple of distinct advantages over traditional wood flooring. The first being that vinyl is much easier on the pocketbook and the second being that vinyl is waterproof making it ideal for kitchen, bathroom, and basement installations. Installing this product is similar to other modular products. It’s important to start with smooth solid surface. Follow these steps for a basic installation. Continue reading

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Equipment Used for Floor Cleaning

scrubber on carpetDirt and grime from the streets tend to collect on our feet and get tracked into our houses and offices dozens of times each day. The little spills, dumps, and heel marks of everyday living gather on the floor with startling speed. And unless the floors undergo regular cleaning, the surface is likely to ruin after a period of time. Here are a few equipments professional floor cleaners use for floor maintenance.

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How to Design a Great Living Room

Design a Great Living RoomIt’s the room that you and your family likely spend the most time in. So with that being noted, it’s important that your living room is a warm, inviting place for you and your family so you actually want to spend time in it. There’s a variety of ways that you can spruce up your living room, whether it be redoing the flooring or giving it a fresh paint job. But to design a truly great living room, there are more tips and techniques to keep in mind.

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Installing Carpet Tiles

Carpet tile squares are a popular flooring product without question. The interesting thing is that almost everyone has a different purpose or installation type with carpet tiles in mind.

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Carpet Tile Ideal For Rental Properties

Carpet Tile Perfect for Rental Property

More and more I receive calls from customers that own rental property that are looking for away to lower cost to fix up units to rent for the first time or in between tenants. Here is the question I get a lot. Do you think carpet tiles would be a good solution for me? It is not just a good solution, but it is a wonderful no-nonsense solution. The best part about carpet tile is it can be a cheaper cost than Broadloom (wall to wall carpet). It is a DIY job so you do not have to hire an installer and pay out a lot of cash for labor and materials. We know that contractors and installers most of the time mark up the material they use. With carpet tiles that money can stay in your pocket and that is a good feeling.

How easy are carpet tiles to replace? Well, say your tenants move out and as you inspect the place you notice that in the living area that there is a big grape juice stain on the floor (everyone’s worst nightmare). All you have to do is pull it up and put another one down in its place. That simple, thanks to the releasable adhesive. No need to replace the whole thing or stretch it again like with wall to wall carpet. That keeps money in your wallet for a longer period of time and that is what we all need. Carpet tiles are very durable and long lasting and have moisture and vapor barrier as well. This keeps your rental property safer from damage to the subfloor due to spilled liquids penetrating down to it. Less money you have to spend on floor repairs.

Over all carpet tile is perfect in most situations, like in the rental property business. They are cheap in price, easy to install, durable, long lasting, and a great DIY money saving project for most everybody including home owners, and small business owners. So if you are one of those people who like to save money and do it yourself then carpet tile is for you. Good luck and we will see you on the job.

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Home Theater Carpet Solutions

Home Theater CarpetA home theater system is an investment in entertainment, and to some it is an obsession. We spend billions on electronics each year in this country. Our big screen television sets, amplifiers, speakers, Blu-Ray players, subwoofers, and every other component of our theater system are chosen with the utmost thought and care. Some of us go as far as to tune our systems and measure our speaker placement. But even if you are an aficionado and have done everything imaginable you may be missing out on perfection.  “What’s left?” you may ask. What is missing is the perfect sound absorbing floor covering – home theater carpet. The best carpet for the home theater is carpet tile.

I know you’re thinking what carpet tile could have to do with your home theater system. Just imagine having your system set up inside a cathedral: a large open room with surfaces that don’t absorb a single sound wave. Can you imagine what the quality of the sound might be? Think of the amount of reverb that would be coming back at you. You wouldn’t even be able to understand the dialogue in a movie. Now think about what materials are in a cathedral: stone, wood, glass, brick, etc. Look around your living room and what do you see? More than likely you are seeing the same types of building materials. Unfortunately, most homes aren’t constructed with the home theater system in mind.

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How to Install Carpet Tiles

How to Install Carpet TilesCarpet tiles became a favorite of do-it-yourselfers once it became common knowledge that not only was carpet tile easy to install, but often times much more budget friendly than their traditional carpet counterpart. This article will attempt to break down the installation process in a few steps. Don’t worry, carpet tile is very forgiving. If you mess up, start over.  The installation is very simple. Not only is it easy, it also takes less time than other flooring systems.

  • The first thing you need to do is determine your pattern. You need to first decide what tile will be in the middle of the room. Once you have determined which tile will be the focal point the real work begins.
  • Measure the length of each wall and take half of this number to determine the middle of wall. Pencil in a mark in the center of each wall.
  • Next, measure one side of the tile and divide that in half to find the center of the tile. Line the center of the tile up with the center of the wall, and mark the wall on each end of the tile. Repeat this process on all of the walls. Continue reading
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