How carpet washers are getting more popular with consumers: A look at trends
Did you know that commercial carpet tiles were once considered to be the cheapest option in home improvement?
Now, they’re seen as more affordable than commercial tile, which can cost as much as $3,000 to $4,000 per square foot, according to The Home Depot.
The commercial tile market is expected to be worth about $2.5 billion this year.
The commercial carpet tile industry is growing at an unprecedented rate, said Doug Haughey, an industry consultant who specializes in home repair.
“We’re seeing a lot more carpet being installed in homes,” he said.
Haughey said the carpet industry is booming because it is now a lot cheaper to install.
Commercial tile was used in some of the earliest homes in the United States, and it was the first type of tile used in the first home built in the American South, he said, and “a lot of people didn’t know about carpet tile until the late 1800s.”
Haughewes carpet tile sales have tripled since 2001, from $3.6 billion in 2001 to $14.9 billion in 2013, according the American Tile and Tilematters Association.
The association’s latest survey shows that in 2015, commercial tile sales were up 21 percent over the same time last year, to $11.9 million.
Commercial tiles are considered the least expensive type of home insulation and have been used in buildings since the 1930s.
Haughhey said it’s not surprising that carpet tile is more popular than commercial tiles because the two types are often used in very similar situations.
Hear more about home repair at WCPO Radio:The commercial tile industry, which employs about 5,500 people in the U.S., is growing rapidly and has the potential to reach $1 trillion by 2020, according a new study from the National Association of Home Builders.
The association surveyed about 2,400 residential remodeling professionals nationwide, finding that commercial tile is seen as the cheapest type of insulation for homes that have been repaired and renovated in the past five years.
In fact, commercial tiles are used in about two-thirds of remodeling projects, the report found.
The report said commercial tiles were used in 70 percent of remodels completed between 2011 and 2014.
The majority of these projects were completed in major metropolitan areas, such as Dallas-Fort Worth, Atlanta, Houston, Chicago, New York City and Miami.
The report said that a growing number of projects are being completed in suburban areas.
According to the study, commercial carpet was used on more than 85 percent of residential remodels between 2011 to 2014.
Commercial carpet tiles cost about $3 per square inch, while commercial tile washers cost about one-third as much.
Commercial tile washes are often installed with commercial tile in a “damp” state, according Haughewys research, but commercial tile tiles can dry out faster, which is a key advantage when installing commercial tile.
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