If you read my blog regularly, you’ll know we have two boxer dogs. Both of them love to leave us occasional “gifts” in the hallway at 2am. It’s got to the point where no amount of scrubbing the laminate will get rid of the smell of urine. So I’m assuming it’s seeped down into the underlay below. With that in mind, we are looking at the most affordable way to replace the flooring. While researching, I have become aware of Carpet tiles and am now weighing up carpet tiles vs regular carpet. Read on to find out my thoughts.
Carpet Tiles Vs Regular Carpet
Our laminate is a good 9 years old now. It’s definitely seen better days, and I’m fairly sure the only way to get rid of the pee smell is to rip it up and start again. Given the experience we’ve had, I’m reluctant to replace it like for like.
Dogs being dogs, they bring a fair amount of mud into the house, so any carpet will need cleaning a lot. My attention was peaked by carpet tiles because they offer the ability to remove and replace 1 at a time, should it become stained or damaged. So my thinking is, I could buy, say 20 extra squares and be able to replace any ruined section of the floor, without replacing it all.
Cost of Carpet Tiles Vs Regular Carpet
My hallway is approximately 12 metres squared. So the cost of a regular carpet would be around £135-£200, not including underlay. If it became stained, I’d have to replace the entire thing. Carpet tiles come in at around £100 to £130 in total – including adhesive. I can add extra tiles onto that, so I can swap out any which become stained over time.
Additionally, I can opt for recycled carpet tiles, and this would bring the cost down even further. The below tile is £2.88 per square metre, so my entire hallway would be under £70, including plenty of spares and adhesive!
Both options will require frequent vacuuming, and spot cleaning. I am aware of this. We already have a carpet cleaner, so this isn’t an issue. If the carpet gets stained or soiled to the point regular carpet cleaning won’t work, this is where the carpet tiles will come into their own.
Personally, I think carpet tiles are the perfect option for high traffic areas. Especially those which are likely to become stained and flat quickly. Being able to replace that 1 metre area directly near the door will definitely be more cost effective. (The dogs chew foot mats and runners, so those ideas are out for us).
My husband is about to put a new shed come cubby on his allotment. So he has been weighing up flooring options for in there. He wants to add a bit of comfort and extra insulation to the cubby area. I think carpet tiles are ideal for that, too.
What do you think? Have you ever considered using carpet tiles at home? Finally, if you enjoyed this carpet tiles vs regular carpet post, check out my HOME category for more ideas.