Almost every interior church design will include carpeting in some spaces. Carpet, after all, is a great choice for both comfort and aesthetics. However, the kind of carpet one will likely find in a church building today isn’t traditional broadloom flooring. Let’s look at why and explore the better options that are now available for church interiors.
The Evolution to Carpet Tile
Traditionally, broadloom carpeting was the type most used in church interiors. This rolled carpet product offered diverse patterns, designs, and quality levels. But changing times have brought better options. Enter carpet tile: it initially was conceived for quick carpet replacement in office spaces. However, for many good reasons, manufacturers have really embraced carpet tile, providing a plethora of patterns, styles, and versatile installation options. Today, carpet tile stands as a dominant force in the flooring industry, with manufacturers offering more choices in tile than in broadloom.
Carpet Tile’s Easy Care
One of the key advantages of carpet tile lies in its vinyl backing, which keeps spills on the surface. This feature facilitates easier cleaning without spills penetrating the carpet pad. Additionally, the ability to replace individual damaged tiles makes carpet tile a practical and functional choice for church spaces.
Warranties and Quality Considerations
No matter what carpet type is chosen, quality and warranties should play a pivotal role in the selection process. Wise stewardship involves making decisions that prioritize both quality and longevity. There are many quality choices that can impact the final cost of your church building’s carpeting. While opting for top-of-the-line carpets isn’t mandatory, finding a balance that ensures endurance and a reliable warranty is crucial.
For instance, one type of flooring to avoid is called tenant improvement carpet. It is going to be less expensive, but because it is primarily used in leased space, where the carpet is replaced after a tenant moves out, it’s designed to only last about five years. It really isn’t a great investment when used for church design.
Some Carpeting Examples
Here are two examples of church lobby spaces using carpet tile. The first showcases a carpet tile pattern that seamlessly integrates into the tile, creating a cohesive visual experience. This demonstrates how far the design of carpet tiles has come from earlier available options that looked like squares on the floor.
The second example features a lobby carpet with an overall pattern that might initially be mistaken for broadloom. Remarkably, this is a 24” x 24” carpet tile, showcasing how the choice of installation method can transform the perceived patterns, adding a layer of flexibility to the design process.
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