Available in thousands of styles, colors and patterns, commercial carpet provides design and branding options, comfort and warmth underfoot, acoustic properties, glare reduction, and protection from slips and falls. It’s easy to maintain, provides many performance benefits such as soil and stain resistance, and can be a sustainable flooring option for any facility.
Types of carpet include: broadloom, woven, carpet tile, modular carpet, rugs, custom rugs and custom carpet.
Broadloom refers to any machine made carpet. The term does not define any particular quality, construction, or style, and usually refers to 12 feet, 13.5 feet or 15 feet widths. Broadloom is currently 34% of carpet in the commercial market. Advantages of broadloom include fewer seams, the ability to offer large pattern repeats, excellent pattern matching at seams, and non-flow through moisture proof backing systems for certain types of market segments.
Custom Carpet & Rugs
There are limitless opportunities for customization in commercial carpet products, whether the construction is broadloom, tile or rugs. Custom options include colors, patterns, fiber, construction (loop, cut, cut and loop), pile height, density and backing systems. Storefloors works with key carpet manufacturers, all of whom provide outstanding custom carpet options.
Modular / Tile Carpet
Carpet tile also known as Modular Carpet is manufactured using the same basic tufting process as broadloom; however, the carpet is cut into modules of various sizes such as 18” x 18”, 24” x 24”, and 36” x 36”. Innovation is driving manufacturers to launch carpet tile lines in plank and geometric shapes to meet ever expanding design demands. The backings on modular carpet are formulated to keep the product flat on the floor. Advantages of carpet tile include ease of handling, storage and replacement; ease of initial installation or replacement in occupied spaces; less waste than broadloom, and the minimization of wear patterns by selective tile replacement and rotation.
Area rugs are a valuable flooring option because of the wide variety of shapes, sizes and materials. Not only are they versatile and portable, but they help define space within a facility. They have great practical value too, as insets surrounded by hard surface floors, reducing noise and providing comfort underfoot, in addition to providing slip resistance on stairs and corridors. An area rug can be an environmentally friendly product which can have recycled content or be recycled.
In general, woven carpet is formed by the interweaving of warp and weft yarns. The three main types of weaving are Axminster, Velvet, and Wilton. Axminster carpet and rugs are cut pile only and can be 27 inches to 15 feet in width, and provide virtually limitless colors and designs. Velvet weave or construction is the most common type of woven and provides the most diversity. Velvet-weave carpets can be cut-pile, loop-pile or a cut and loop pile combination. Wilton carpet is typically 13 feet wide; however, it can be woven in widths from 27 inches up to 15 feet wide. The construction can be cut, loop or cut and loop. For manufacturing rugs, it’s a faster process because of the ability to make 2 rugs at a time. Normally, there are 8 colors in a Wilton, although it is possible to have 10 – 12 colors.