In most commercial and residential applications, the most popular choice for wall-to-wall carpeting is broadloom. In recent years, however, modular carpets or carpet tiles have increasingly taken their fair share of the market.
Before calling your flooring contractors, it is best to read up on what kind of carpeting would look and work best for your needs. Here are some of the differences between broadloom and carpet tiles, along with their respective benefits and disadvantages.
Broadloom is carpeting woven on a loom, which often comes in a 12-foot wide roll. The benefits of broadloom carpets include:
- More elegant designs, patterns and colours. They are often a huge part of the room’s design, as a broadloom carpet’s looks can make a statement with its sophistication. Business owners and decorators often prefer broadloom for wide spaces.
- Broadlooms are often plusher and softer, as they are installed with padding underneath.
- You may find them less pricey than carpet tiles if you compute per square foot.
- The seams where broadloom carpets meet are sealed so that they are not visible.
Broadlooms also come with a few aspects that may work against them:
- Installers have to cut carpet that doesn’t fit the exact shape of the room, which means some carpeting may be wasted.
- It takes longer to install them.
- When a part of the carpet is damaged or stained, repairs are harder to do. The repaired part may also be obvious, as the colour may not remain consistent.
Carpet tiles, modular or carpet squares are like ceramic tiles in that you just place them next to each other on the floor. They come with these benefits:
- Installation is easy, and it takes a short time.
- You can play around with patterns.
- Removing and replacing damaged tiles is easy.
Carpet tiles also have caveats, though:
- Contrary to what most people might think, modular carpets typically cost more than broadlooms.
- Though they come with an underlay, the padding still doesn’t provide as much cushion as a broadloom.
- It’s easy to install them, but that’s because no welding is required, which means the seams are visible.
As you can see, both broadloom and tile carpeting come with their pros and cons. Speak to your contractor regarding what matters to you so you can come up with a decision you’ll be happy with for the long term.