Not all carpet flooring is created the same. When you shop for new carpet, it’s important that you consider the amount of foot traffic it has to withstand as well as its environment. Our team can help you choose from the best flooring options for your home or commercial building.
We understand that carpet flooring is an investment, which is why we want to make sure you have the facts you need to make an informed decision. Continue reading to learn about the differences between residential and commercial carpet.
Residential & Commericial Carpeting Differences
The main difference between residential andis the amount of foot traffic. While commercial buildings can receives hundreds (even thousands) of visitors in one day, the same can’t be said of your home. For this reason, you won’t have to worry as much about your home carpet showing signs of wear and tear until several years have passed.
If you’re interested in commercial carpet, we recommend choosing cushion backing to soften the pressure of feet on carpet fibers. Otherwise, carpet fibers can get crushed underfoot and quickly show signs of wear. An alternative to cushioned backing would be low pile carpet.
While light carpet can make your home seem spacious and airy, it’s not always the best choice for commercial spaces. Many building owners choose dark carpet colors to cover stains and signs of heavy foot traffic.
Nothing brings warmth and comfort to your home more than plush carpet. Many of the homeowners we work with value comfort because they’ll be walking across their floors without shoes. Many parents also look for bedroom carpet that’ll be soft on their children’s feet while they play.
Building owners value durability over comfort when shopping for commercial carpet. That way, their commercial carpet will last for years under the pressure of high foot traffic. Most office carpet is low pile, which traps less dirt while being easier to clean. also has shorter carpet fibers, which don’t get crushed as easily underfoot.
While carpet tiles can be installed in the home, they’re more common in commercial buildings. This is because commercial buildings receive more foot traffic, increasing the risk of stains. It’s much easier to replace a carpet square than your entire flooring if you accidentally spill. If you’re interested in commercial carpet tiles, we recommend buying more than what you need so you have extra tiles on hand in case of emergency.
Commercial buildings have to follow standards set by the Americans with Disabilities Act, which extends to carpet flooring. We recommend choosing low pile carpet so people of all abilities can move freely through your building. Otherwise, thick carpet can make it difficult for people to use wheelchairs, walkers, and other mobility devices.
Interested in other flooring to accommodate people with disabilities? Check out our options for vinyl flooring, slip resistant tile, and durable hardwood flooring.
Carpet Bonanza in Zeeland can help you find the best carpet for your commercial building or home. To learn more about our residential and commercial carpet for sale, call (616) 396-2765.