All you need to know about carpet tiles
Making a choice from the extensive range of carpet tiles is not always easy. What type of carpet, structure or material should you choose and what are the different properties? Can I use the same carpet for my living room and bedroom?
To help you make the right choice, this page provides more information about carpet types, carpet structures and materials and the advantages of carpeting.
In addition, detailed product specifications can be downloaded from the Products section of our website. You can immediately see the type of room for which the product is suitable, what colours are available and the other properties the product possesses.
Advantages of carpet tiles
Carpet tiles have a number of attractive advantages in comparison to hard flooring. We have listed these advantages for you below :
- Comfortable and cosy
- Improved sound-proofing
- Improved acoustics
- Improved interior climate and air quality
- Safe – reduced risk of slipping
- Provides thermal insulation - saves energy
- Suitable for every room in the house
- Easy to maintain
- Wear-resistant and highly durable -cost-effective
- Easy to change
- Environmentally friendly
- Can be combined almost infinitely to produce an extensive collection of patterns, textures and colours.
Carpeting and your health
Carpeting and carpet tiles are beneficial for health in many ways. The space sounds less hollow, cold rises less quickly, there is a reduced risk of slipping, the soft surface is kind to your joints and carpeting traps dust particles. Carpeting is also highly suitable for asthma patients and for people who suffer from allergies.
Because carpeting absorbs airborne dust particles, the air inside the house stays cleaner. As opposed to hard floors, where dust and dirt become swirl up much more easily. An independent study, performed by the German allergy and asthma association, has demonstrated that the air in rooms with smooth floors contains almost twice as much fine dust particles as the air in rooms fitted with carpeting or carpet tiles. You can read the results of the complete study here.
Types of carpet
There are many different types of carpet, which have a completely different appearance depending on the raw materials and construction methods that are used. More information about the raw materials and construction methods used by Heuga can be found below.
Wool is a natural product and consequently has a number of pleasant characteristics. For example, it is naturally dirt-repellent, fire-retardant and resilient and offers good insulation performance and moisture regulation. Heuga mainly uses pure raw wool from New Zealand and wool that originates from the Scottish Highlands.
Its many positive properties make polypropylene a very popular material for producing carpeting and carpet tiles. Polypropylene is highly resistant to bleach and has antibacterial properties. The product is antistatic, hardly absorbs moisture, is very durable and offers excellent value for money.
Polyamid or nylon
Carpeting or carpet tiles made from polyamide are very wear-resistant, easy to clean and have excellent self-repairing properties. Other significant advantages offered by polyamide or nylon are that these materials are highly fire-resistant, antistatic and elastic.
In a loop pile carpet, the yarn is tufted in order to form loops. This creates a very wear-resistant carpet that is easy to clean and is suitable for intensive use. The texture and how the carpet feels depends on the yarn used and the loop density.
A carpet with a cut pile is made by cutting through the loops, which makes the yarn tufts stand upright. This makes for a softer texture, although footprints are more clearly visible on the carpet.
Shag carpet has much longer tuft, and much thicker yarn is used for this. This results in a deeper texture that both looks luxurious and feels nice. However, this type of carpet is less suited for intensive use or for areas that are subject to extreme wear and tear.
A needlefelt carpet is produced using barbed and forked needles. Individual layers of fibres are laid on one another and felted using a series of needles which pierce these base layers through and through.
How much do I need
Using our online floor calculator at www.heuga.com you can calculate how many m2 you need. Of course, you can also ask your local dealer for advice or draw out the space yourself on squared paper. All of our tiles are 50 x 50 cm, which translates into four tiles per square metre. Cutting waste in the case of carpet tiles is less than in the case of wall-to-wall carpeting, however we advise ordering 5 to 10% extra for difficult areas such as recesses, corners and so on.