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The two primary types of carpets you can choose for your facility are broadloom (roll) carpets and carpet tiles. Broadloom carpets come in large rolls, usually at least 12 feet wide, and are laid onto a carpet pad that sits on your floor substrate. Crews install them by aligning large pieces together and cutting some of them, including the carpet pad underneath, to the correct size for a room.

Carpet tiles, also called carpet squares or modular carpet, come in pre-sized squares with their own integrated backing and base. They sit directly on your substrate. Your installer will lay individual tiles one at a time, with minimal cutting, only resizing certain pieces where necessary.

Broadloom carpet on the left, used in a unique, wall-to-wall design; carpet tile on the right, installed to create a staggered, textured pattern.




Broadloom carpet advantages and disadvantages

Broadloom is the traditional and still most popular choice of carpeting in corporate flooring, and it comes with many design options, including patterns, colors, even mosaics — nearly limitless aesthetic possibilities. Since broadloom is installed over a carpet pad, it can look great even if your substrate has minor imperfections. Quality broadloom that comes with a moisture backing offers superior stain resistance, and seams can be hidden well using chemical welding. Certain broadloom with the right underlay material can be used to create a softer and more plush feel than carpet tile allows. Broadly speaking, you’ll find broadloom carpets are less expensive than carpet tiles.

While broadloom has many advantages, it also comes with some disadvantages. First, it creates waste during installation due to the necessary process of cutting down large pieces, particularly the carpet pad. The cost of unnecessary or unused materials can offset savings in unit price. Second, it’s difficult, time consuming and costly to repair. If an area of it becomes irreversibly damaged by moisture or mildew, the whole carpet in a section must be taken up and re-installed to fully fix it.

Carpet tile advantages and disadvantages

With no carpet pad required, carpet tile provides an easy and expeditious installation as compared with broadloom, reducing cost and streamlining schedule. Over time, maintenance is easy, since you can quickly remove each individual tile to clean or replace it if it becomes damaged. Due to the size of the tiles and the ease of replacing small sections of your carpet, you can cost-effectively store replacement tiles that require minimal space. Carpet tile offers a variety of design options and makes designs possible that broadloom can’t cost-effectively replicate, such as a checkerboard effect or certain textured layouts.

The drawbacks of carpet tile include design limitations and cost. While carpet tile opens up certain possibilities, it’s not best suited for some designs that broadloom best handles, such as larger patterns or mosaic styles. Seams are more visible with carpet tile, which can be a drawback for certain designs. The cost of certain carpet tiles is higher than broadloom. While carpet tile accounts for about 30 percent of carpets installed today, wall-to-wall broadloom carpeting remains the most popular option for commercial applications.


Demand for Carpets and Rugs in India to Grow 5.9% Annually Through 2021


Demand for carpets and rugs in India is forecast to grow 5.9% per year to 120 million square meters in 2021, expanding faster than any other major nation worldwide. Growth will be driven by strong gains in construction activity, expanding the size of the country’s building stock. In addition, growth will be boosted by increased urbanization and modernization, which will reduce the share of the building stock that has unfinished flooring. Market advances will spur growth in demand for all major carpet and rug types. Woven products will retain the largest share of demand, at 54% of the total in 2021. Low-end woven area rugs are often used in rural areas where purchasers may not be able to afford fully finished floors. These and other trends are presented in Global Carpets & Rugs Market, a new study from The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland-based industry research firm.

Through 2021, the strongest growth in carpet and rug demand in India will occur in the transportation market.According to analyst Elliott Woo, This market more than doubled in size between 2006 and 2016, and will continue to expand rapidly as India’s motor vehicle industry flourishes.” Rising construction activity will boost demand in both the residential and nonresidential markets. However, the nonresidential market will advance faster, benefiting from high levels of investment in commercial projects, such as Gujarat International Finance Tec-City, an under-construction development intended to be a hub for international financial business.