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Broadloom Carpet vs. Carpet Tiles

Traditional broadloom carpet may be a common flooring option for residential homes, but carpet tiles are quickly becoming a popular flooring option.  There are several reasons for this popularity, such as ease of installation, maintenance, and increased durability.


In this article, we will take a look at broadloom carpet vs. carpet tiles from multiple standpoints, including the cost of materials, installation labor and installation materials, as well as the warranties often associated with both styles.

Carpet Tiles

Carpet Tiles



Broadloom Carpet

Broadloom Carpet



For our comparison, let’s keep it simple and say that both products of interest are $2.98 per square foot and the size of the room is 120 square feet.


Carpet Comparison for a 120 square foot room

Item Quantity Broadloom¹ Quantity Carpet Tiles²
Carpet Cost 156 square feet (120 sq ft + 3 extra linear feet) $464.88 144 square feet (2 cases of 72 sq ft) $430.56
Carpet Labor 2.5 hours $37 (4 month promo on purchases over $499) 2.1 hours $0
Carpet Job Materials and Supplies Underlayment and Installation Materials $107.64 Install with glue
Install with tape
Warranty 25 years Lifetime
Totals 156 square feet $609.52 144 square feet $703.96$510.35
Square Foot Avg. 156 square feet $3.91 144 square feet $4.88$3.55

¹ Broadloom pricing obtained from Home Depot.

² Carpet tile pricing obtained from RubberFlooringInc.com.



The broadloom carpet cost above includes 3 extra linear feet (36 sq ft) that is automatically entered into the cart during the flooring calculation. Since no room is a perfect square or rectangle, this extra flooring can come in handy, but often presents more waste. Due to the sizing restrictions of broadloom (standard rolls are 12ft wide and ordered in whole foot increments), there is often extra carpet remaining even once the flooring has been cut to fit your space’s unique requirements. This extra broadloom is typically thrown away, but it can be used as flooring in closets if you choose.



Carpet tiles are typically sold by the case and a single case can cover anywhere from 36-72 sq ft depending on the specific carpet tile chosen. Our calculation above is based on the purchase of 2 cases with 72 sq feet per case. Carpet tiles are roughly 2ft x 2ft, this allows for easy transportation, installation, and less waste. It is often recommended to purchase extra carpet tiles since they can be used to replace damaged tiles in the future.



Installing carpet tiles is very simple and you do not need to hire a professional for installation purposes.  However, with standard carpeting, it is necessary to hire a professional.  This can quickly become expensive, as installing broadloom is demanding and requires skill. Now, if you are either lucky or an experienced negotiator, some companies can be flexible on the installation costs, and some even offer free installation but you typically have to meet their minimum dollar amount which can be pretty high. Unfortunately, for smaller jobs there is still usually a cost for install.


A professional and many installation tools are required to install standard broadloom carpeting.

(Home Depot Installer)


Installation made easy – self adhesive carpet tiles so easy that no professional is needed

(Ribbed Carpet Tile)




With broadloom carpeting, purchasing a brand new underlay is necessary.  There are also many installation materials that need to be purchased so that the flooring can be installed properly.   However, carpet tile squares have an attached underlay, so the only extra materials needed are for installation purposes.  A customer can add extra padding to the floor, but this is not necessary. With residential carpet squares, at the least, you only need double sided tape.



Carpet tiles are the king of warranties, with most brands featuring lifetime warranties.  This is due to the fact that they are constructed with durability in mind.  Standard carpeting, on the other hand, typically has warranties from 5-25 years and the carpet is usually changed out every 5-10 years because of damage or excessive use.  In fact, most apartments change out their flooring every 5 years.  When is the last time you saw your airport do that?



The overall cost of the two products are nearly the same.  Depending on how you install the carpet tiles, the price would either be a little more or a little less than standard carpeting.  But keep in mind that with the carpet tile squares you get added benefits, such as a lifetime warranty, quicker installation, and more flexibility in color and style.  Not to mention that most carpet tiles feature a high concentration of post consumer recycled materials making them eligible for LEED points.


The benefits of residential carpeting in the convenience of a carpet tile

(Milliken Legato Touch)


So whether you are looking to floor a whole room or create a rug, carpet tiles are the perfect option to do so.  From soft residential lines from Milliken to sturdy, durable lines by Shaw, we are certain that carpet tile squares will surprise you with their options.



Additional links used to gathering information for this article:

1: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Unbranded-Softly-II-Color-Sesame-12-ft-Carpet-0315D-32-12/203482060?keyword=0315D-32-12


2: http://www.rubberflooringinc.com/carpet-tile/color-craze.html


3: http://www.floorcoveringweekly.com/Main/Articles/Carpet-tile-or-broadloombremWhat-each-has-to-offer-2826.aspx


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