Make your home luxurious with Berber Carpet Tiles

June 24, 2006
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Berber Carpet has long been a favorite with homeowners. The look blends so well with all design styles and the feel of Berber is unmatched by other types of carpeting. It’s no surprise that flooring suppliers now carry a dozen or more color patterns of Berber carpet, as consumers are always asking for more Berber carpet options!

Five Reasons Berber Carpet Tiles Are Awesome!

The overwhelming reason why Berber Carpet Tiles are awesome? They are easy! Everything about these carpet tiles, from the installation through maintenance and replacement is so easy; certainly more so than traditional rolled carpet.

  • Easy to Install: Whether you choose interlocking, peel-and stick, or Berber Carpet Tiles that have to be adhered to the floor with a mastic solution, installing Berber Carpet Tiles is worlds easier than installing traditional rolled Berber Carpet.
  • Looks Great: Just like the traditional rolls of Berber carpeting, Berber carpet tiles look and feel amazing. They are very low pile and the “loops” have a unique feel underfoot. The look of Berber blends well with all design styles.
  • Easy to Remove: Much more so than with rolls of carpet and carpet pad, Berber carpet tiles are very easy to remove. You simply peel up the carpet tile using a floor scraper. If there is leftover adhesive on the floor, simply use an adhesive remover like this Krud Killer.
  • Easy to Replace: If a portion of your Berber Carpet is damaged or stained, you can pull up the individual tiles and replace them. This is by far my favorite quality of carpet tiles in general, but especially Berber carpet tiles. While the loops style of Berber carpet is what gives it the appeal, Berber carpet is known for having pulls and snags because of this. These can be fairly easy to repair (check out our article on Berber Carpet Repairs!), but if you find a large section of your Berber is damaged or matted, you can just replace individual tiles instead of the entire room!
  • Easy to Clean: Berber carpet tiles can be cleaned just like any other regular carpeting. Vacuum regularly, shampoo as needed, and always follow the manufacturers’ instructions.

Types of Berber Tiles

There are three different types of carpet tiles that you can choose from. Each one has its merit, and each should be used in different circumstances. The things you will want to consider for each are:

  1. Where are you installing the carpet tiles.
  2. On what type of subfloor are you installing the carpet tiles.
  3. What type of use are you expecting to get out of your carpet tiles.

Depending on each of the above, you may need to choose a different type of Berber carpet tile “style.” Most Berber Carpet Tiles come with a carpet pad already attached, but that is something I definitely recommend confirming before you purchase!

Peel and Stick

The peel and stick variety is suitable for most of your in-home projects. A peel-and-stick Berber Carpet Tile will be exactly like what you imagine; a big carpet sticker square. You simply peel the backing off the tile and press it firmly to the flooring. The adhesives used here are suitable for use on even your wood floors, and most will be fairly easy to remove when needed. If you decide to peel up your Berber carpet tiles and want to use the flooring underneath, there are adhesive removing solutions you can use to get rid of any extra adhesive that was stuck underneath. I recommend these for almost all of your in-home projects.

Mastic

The Berber carpet tiles that require a mastic are going to be harder to get up, but also will stand up to more than average wear. I would recommend these in a commercial application like an office or a business, where you don’t care about the flooring underneath, but you want that carpet to stay in place! These are a bit more difficult to install, but still absolutely do-able for the novice DIY-er.

Interlocking

The best way for me to describe interlocking carpet tiles is to show you. Check out the video below about how to replace an interlocking carpet tile. These are the best choice if you are laying the carpet tiles in a basement or cannot use any adhesive on the subfloor for some reason. While they are going to be very strong, durable and easy to replace, you do need to keep in mind that these may feel less plush underfoot than the other varieties above.

Installing Berber Carpet Tiles, A Quick How-To

Here is a break-down of how to install Berber Carpet tiles. The shortest explanation? Peel. Stick. Repeat. Of course, if you’re getting ready to actually install the carpet tiles, you may need a bit more detailed explanation than that. Here is an overview of the process:

Clean and Clear the Subfloor

No matter what you are laying your carpet tiles on top of, make sure it is completely clear of dust and dirt and debris and completely dry before attempting an install. If any of the above is not the case, you’re going to have trouble with your carpet tiles sticking.

Install the First of the Tiles

This is where it becomes a bit controversial. Many will argue that you should always install carpet tiles from the center of the room and move outward. This is definitely true if you are installing any kind of a pattern with your carpet tiles. However, with Berber Carpet Tiles, you want the final effect to be of one large, single piece of carpet, not a pattern of any sort. For this reason, I find it is easiest to start along the longest wall in the room. Make sure to slide the tile underneath the baseboard so that it isn’t peeling up from the edge of the wall or leaving any kind of a gap.

Layout the Berber Tiles Without Installing

From this point, I strongly recommend laying out the remaining carpet tiles without actually installing. There are a few reasons this is a good decision.

  • Most rooms are not perfectly square. If you assume they are, you may end up with a lot of crooked carpet tile pieces as you near the last 1/3 of the room install.
  • You want to make sure they are lined up to match. Most carpet tiles have an arrow on the underside so that you can make sure they are facing the same direction. While the Berber Carpet may look like it’s all the same and not direction-specific, in actuality, if you were to just throw down a bunch of Berber tiles without getting the full visual first, you may notice some tiles seem to “stand out” from the rest, which ruins the effect.
  • You want to be able to take in the full visual effect of the tiles. If you see something standing out that bothers you, it’s certainly much easier to change before they are actually adhered to the floor!
Peel, Stick, and Trim

Peel the backing, stick the tiles, and trim to fit. It should be fairly easy to trim the carpet tiles with a straight edge.

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