5 Tips for Selecting Commercial Carpet Tile

If you are planning a new office space or redesigning an existing one, choosing a carpet tile solution that will best meet your organization’s requirements involves several considerations. Here are 5 tips to help you make a more informed decision about your investment, ranging from moisture issues to maximizing your budget.

1.Carpet Tile and Moisture

The first factor to consider is whether the site in question is newly constructed or a renovation. This will determine the type of carpet tile required and what solutions make the most sense for that area.

“A newly-poured four-inch concrete slab takes four to five months to be fully ready to accept flooring,” said Katie Lind, Sales Associate for Milliken. “And that’s under ideal conditions.”

As construction schedules don’t allow for the time required for concrete to cure, the carpet tile installed is one that must be able to handle rising water vapour. Milliken modular carpet tile products have been designed to manage subfloor moisture vapor through an open-cell cushion backing.

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Unlike hard backed tiles, this system allows water vapour to travel through the open-cell cushion and up the seam. It is then able to naturally evapourate through the edges of the carpet tile as it surfaces. If the water vapour isn’t allowed to evaporate condensation occurs which can lead to various problems including, lifting carpet, mould and mildew and potentially poor office air quality.

If the project is a renovation, properly preparing the floor and removing the existing flooring to lay the new carpet tile is the first step. The job may require grinding the floor and removing existing adhesives. However, Milliken soft cushioned tiles also work well for these areas.

“Our cushion-backed modular carpet easily installs over existing adhesives and completely obscures any surface irregularities below that may show through hardback carpet after installation,” explains Lind. The technology also will not interact with any existing adhesives or cause any chemical reactions.”

2. Carpet Tile and Reduced Downtime

 Carpet tiles can be easily installed and do not require the dismantling of office systems or employee workstations. When installing carpet tile there is no need to lift furniture in contrast to broadloom, ceramic or hardwood flooring.

Darwin Fisher’s secret weapon is Levitate, an Office Lifting System that eliminates downtime and disruption while saving money. Levitate is a technology that allows carpet to be replaced with little or no downtime.

Levitate is a series of custom designed mechanical tools which are placed underneath any type of office furniture to lift it smoothly and safely. Once the furniture and workstations are lifted the carpet is easily installed.

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Levitate office lifting system enables users to re-carpet occupied office areas providing significant savings in time, cost and eliminates employee disruption and relocation. There is no need for disconnection and reconnection of computers, cables, phone lines or other equipment.

The cost savings that Darwin Fisher provides its clients using this system is in excess of 50% as Levitate eliminates the need for computer technicians, staff relocation, furniture specialists and other budget intensive resources required with other types of flooring.

3. Carpet Tile and Durability

Carpet tile systems provide greater flexibility for installation and refitting for a variety of applications across many industries including healthcare, hospitality, retail, education and the entertainment industry. If broadloom is chosen and an area is damaged, fixing the spot in question is a much larger and more complicated process in terms of seam and pattern matching. It also makes it difficult to fix if there is no attic stock available.

Once your carpet tile is installed it is easy to change out any specific areas wear and tear areas or to spot clean for spills. This will help promote the longevity of your investment.

4. Carpet Tile and Investment

Yes, you can take it with you when you go. After installation you can protect your investment long term. If there is a future requirement to move locations, carpet tile can be easily lifted, removed and re-installed at a new site. “I’ve had clients move their tile and number the tile so that it can be re-installed the same way it came up,” explains Lind.

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Carpet tile has a long lifespan and if it is well maintained well you can realize a return on your investment for many years to come. For example, Lind is currently working on a site where the client purchased carpet tile 8 years ago. “We took a picture of carpet and are we’re now colour matching it with our custom technology. We have had customers standardize on products for years and when there is a requirement.”

5. Carpet Tile and Employee Health

According to Milliken, an independent study by the University of Pittsburgh revealed that cushion backing in carpet tile decreases muscle fatigue for the people who stand and walk on it for long periods.

“Employees may notice improvements in comfort when standing for long periods and the cumulative benefit may have an impact on overall health,” says Lind.

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More good news for your employees. Acoustically, cushioned carpet tiles are also quieter than hard floors or hardback carpet. As a result, sound is contained and a quieter office space can be realized making for a more relaxing workspace.

For more information about carpet tile installation please contact info@darwinfisher.com

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