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Flooring Q&A: Discover Carpet Tiles

Carpet tiles are easy to replace in high-traffic areas of the home.

Q: We are planning to remodel our family room. We have heard that carpet tiles are cost-effective and good in high-traffic areas because you can replace one or two at a time. Where can I find them?

A: Carpet tiles, also known as modular carpeting, were developed for commercial use primarily in office buildings where corridors between cubicles got much more traffic than do spaces inside cubicles. The worn tiles can be replaced as needed without having to replace the whole floor. Plus, carpet tiles are easier to transport and install.

InterfaceFlor (www.interfaceflor.com) manufactures a large selection of modular carpet tiles. The company is also environmentally minded, promoting the recycling of old carpet rather than sending it to a landfill. Other companies that carry modular carpet tiles include Shaw Carpets (www.shawtile.com) and Milliken & Co. (www.millikencarpet.com).

For home use, carpet tiles make sense in high-traffic areas. The tiles hold their color, so replaced tiles are not markedly different in hue than those that are retained. Plus, the tiles are sturdy enough to hold up to the traffic in most homes.

For the artistically minded, modular carpet easily lends itself to interesting floor patterns such as stripes, checks, and contrasting borders.

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