What is Commercial Carpet?

by Jul 27, 2023Commercial Carpet

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What is commercial carpet? Commercial carpet is a special grade of carpeting that is made to withstand heavy traffic and is all the while easy to maintain.

Carpeting can add warmth to a commercial space, not only aesthetically, but physically as well. Commercial carpeting can help reduce the amount of sound that travels so noise and echoes can be kept at a minimum.

Carpeting can also provide a more private feel which can be calming. In addition to the more peaceful mood, commercial carpets can also be more comfortable than some other commercial flooring types as they have a softer underfoot feel.

Keep reading to find out more about two different types of commercial carpet – broadloom and carpet tiles – as well as learn about what carpet fiber is best for your space!

Broadloom Commercial Carpet

Broadloom carpeting is the more traditional type of commercial carpeting. It comes in large rolls (usually 12 feet wide) and it’s installed just as you might imagine it to be: large pieces of broadloom are aligned together and are cut to fit the sizing specs of a space.

Generally speaking, broadloom carpet is less expensive than carpet tiles/planks. However, more waste is accumulated from broadloom carpets due to the roll-nature installation. This also means more money wasted.

Get in touch with our team to discover your floor covering and installation options. We’re looking forward to working with you.

Carpet Tiles

Tile/plank carpeting is becoming increasingly popular in commercial spaces. Also known as carpet squares or modular carpeting, it comes in pre-sized squares.

Individual tiles are cut to size as needed – because of this, this style of commercial flooring is easier & generally less expensive to replace because individual tiles can be removed (as opposed to ripping out an entire roll-section of broadloom). Carpet tiles are also a great way to create intricate patterns and designs as you can more easily mix and match tile styles over broadloom styles.

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Commercial Carpet Fibers

Commercial carpets are made with certain fibers in order to establish a more durable product. Each fiber comes with a different price point as well as different levels of durability and stain resistance. Keep reading to figure out what carpet fiber is right for your budget and your space!

Nylon is one of the most durable carpet fibers – this synthetic fiber is very popular to use in commercial spaces. Even with their enhanced durability, nylon fibers offer a soft underfoot feel and they stand up well in high-traffic areas.

This type of carpet fiber comes with a typical life span of 12-15 years. These carpets are more expensive than polyester and polypropylene. It’s also a go-to choice for resistance to mold, mildew, and rot.

Polypropylene (Olefin)
Polypropylene fibers, aka olefin, do best in commercial spaces with moderate traffic levels – they are not as durable as nylon and they are known to collect dirt. Comparatively speaking, olefin is not as soft as nylon.

With that being said, polypropylene carpets are relatively easy to clean and they are less expensive than most nylon carpets.

Polyester is a synthetic carpet fiber that is known for its ability to maintain its color. It feels great underfoot but it’s not recommended for high-traffic areas because the polyester fibers are known to flatten over time.

If you are looking for a hypoallergenic carpet choice, polyester is a great way to go.

Conclusion – What is Commercial Carpet

If carpet becomes your chosen commercial floor type, be sure that you are aware of your options. Whether you choose broadloom or carpet tiles, you are bound to create a warm feeling in your space.

At Lakeside Floor Coverings we advise you to know what your space requires so you can pick the best carpet fiber that will enhance your commercial area. We want you to be happy with your commercial flooring in the long haul!

Get in touch to get started on your flooring project. Our friendly staff can arrange a time for you to visit our showroom or for our professional team to visit your home or commercial property for an on-site estimate. Call 763-503-0100.


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