The carpet backing used on commercial floors has to be capable of absorbing sound energy from floor traffic, absorbing the floor temperature changes as well and trapping heat radiated from heat sources. It should also be capable of keeping the temperature constant during summers and winters by facilitating the absorption and emission of moisture. This is done by the provision of a vapor barrier, which should completely cover the tile. In the case of carpet tiles, this barrier can be a foam or a fine mesh, both of them equally effective. Other types of commercial carpet tiles may employ either of these technologies but their advantage is indirect.
The optimal G: F ratio should ideally be near to that of the density of the backing material for the same flooring material (60: 40). In most types of commercial carpet tiles, the granular pile used in making the flooring material comes from either polyester or nylon, without any extra enhancement. Sifting the dry waste and making samples containing one class of small particle size does not improve the sound absorption performance of the tiles. The granules comprised of dust particles are relatively larger than those that constitute the foam carpet tiles and hence sound transmission through them is considerably reduced. The larger granules do not facilitate the trapping of heat energy and thereby do not help in maintaining the temperature of the flooring.
One major drawback inherent in the application of modular tiles is their cost. The biggest factor affecting the cost of modular tiles is the variation in the quality of raw materials used in manufacturing each particular tile. Each tile has to be cut to fit the particular tile and a minimum cost is thus incurred to manufacture each particular tile. The cost of the application of such tiles can thus be increased beyond bounds if they are not made with high-quality material.
Those commercial flooring that has to be applied in high-traffic areas such as hospitals, offices, shopping malls, bus terminals, railway stations, etc., may suffer from the wear and tear factor. Such high-traffic areas are subject to constant foot traffic and therefore they become very dirty very quickly. It would not be possible to maintain cleanliness at such places without some special treatment for the carpets. This is where the application of the carpet can provide some solution to the problem.
Using vinyl tiles ensures that the flooring is able to bear the heavy foot traffic. The vinyl tiles are very easy to maintain and therefore do not require any special treatment for their application in high-traffic commercial areas. In fact, they can be kept clean for a longer period of time without any noticeable change in their appearance. Cleaning is easy and requires very little time in such cases.
Vinyl tiles are also used on floors that experience a lot of foot traffic. This means that there will be a lot of foot movement on the flooring. Such floors should be protected by using high-traffic commercial carpet tiles. The modular carpet tiles on the other hand offer a solution to such problems in the case of high-traffic areas. These tiles provide a great look to such floorings and can make them look absolutely beautiful.
Modular flooring offers a number of benefits. For instance, it is possible to install modular floor tiles in any area and still get a fresh appeal. This is because these tiles come with different patterns and designs that can easily blend in with the other features of the flooring. Since modular carpet tiles are very colorful in nature, they provide an excellent bounce to the flooring and also make them look very vibrant.
Another great advantage offered by the vinyl tiles is their moisture-proof characteristic. They are waterproof and hence do not allow the growth of mold or mildew on them. However, while installing these floorings, you should make sure that you cover them with good quality waterproof matting. If you are unable to find such a matting, you should also not lay carpeting squares on the floor.