'Flor' carpet tiles or similar product?

lisalmMarch 14, 2006

Has anyone used Flor carpet tiles to carpet a basement? I have heard these are so easy to install and are great. I was told that the ones from Flor are not padded and thus aren't great for wall-to-wall carpeting in a basement. However, I believe Lowes may carry a similar brand that has integrated padding.

Any information about these? Has anyone considered them for the basement?

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We've considered Flor.

But even though our basement is at grade, there is always a danger of flooding from the water pipes, however remote.

Right now we are thinking of adding a color to our concrete slab when it is laid.

Area rugs will be added as needed.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2006 at 12:35AM
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When I was seeking flooring ideas for my basement, I heard about carpet squares. They go down easy, very much a DIY project. Also, it you happen to get water you can easily replace them.
check out my thread...

Here is a link that might be useful: carpet for basement, any recommendations?

    Bookmark   March 17, 2006 at 2:24PM
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FLOR is very expensive for carpet, though you do save some if you can DIY. Legato (the brand of carpet that HD sells) is significantly less expensive, but that comes at a cost of colors, patterns, and styles (they have almost none). In between is carpet tile from a bunch of other manufacturers, including Milliken (which makes Legato), Interface (which makes FLOR), Mannington Commercial, Mohawk, Lees, Collins & Aikman, and others. There also are some manufacturers/importers of really cheap tile, but that's not what we're talking about here -- the cheap stuff is the equivalent of peel-n-stick vinyl; it won't last very long under traffic, and certainly cannot be replaced with the ease of carpet tiles from companies which make it for a living.

Note that if you buy carpet from a commercial vendor, you will have to buy by the box, you likely will pay shipping F.O.B. the mill, and you may have to buy a pail of pressure-sensitive adhesive. Even then, when you consider that this carpet can handle years of abuse in heavily-trafficked commercial environments, it's a pretty good deal.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2006 at 8:48PM
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I'm doing the same type of research. I found this place, but admittedly don't know about the quality. I plan on buying a few samples to see if it's what I want.

Here is a link that might be useful: Carpet Tiles

    Bookmark   March 20, 2006 at 8:04AM
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iCarpetTiles looks like an outlet for Lees' modular carpet. As such, it should be a pretty good deal provided you find what you want. Lees is a huge carpet maker and, assuming there's some sort of warranty with the odd-lots and closeouts they're selling, it could be a very good deal.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2006 at 8:39AM
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I was even looking at their $.50 per piece "mixture" as a fun way to carpet a rec room. Very economical.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2006 at 8:22AM
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One thing to consider with a "mixture" like that is that the backings and pile heights are the same. It's a false economy if the tiles don't fit together well.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2006 at 9:08AM
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I am going to use Legato for my finished basement bedroom. They have many more colors and two types of nap but unless you go to a newer HD, you have to ask to see the book of samples. They nicer colors must be ordered.
I'm using Artichoke.

    Bookmark   April 1, 2006 at 1:38PM
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FLOR is a modular carpet flooring system that allows you to create your own rugs or wall-to-wall carpeting of any size. In addition to being made from recycled and renewable materials, the modular pieces result in less waste from cutting to size, and worn spots can be pulled up and replaced without replacing the entire carpet. Worn carpet pieces are accepted by the manufacturer for recycling and recycled back into new carpet.

Here is a link that might be useful: TileLand

    Bookmark   February 27, 2007 at 7:55AM
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I also am trying to find out if anyone has used Flor/similar in the basement-same concern, no pad-I recall the old indoor/outdoor carpeting my folks used in the 60's in our basement and how hard it was, don't want that. Is there such a thing as a pad for carpet tiles?

    Bookmark   June 26, 2008 at 8:23AM
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We wound up going with Milliken's Tesserae. It does have integrated padding.
Here's a copy of my post about it (which is now on the next page--I also have pictures there):

"We used Milliken Tesserae carpet tiles (panels) in our basement. Our situation sounds a lot like yours--we put them down over bare concrete in a basement that is half children's playroom half media room. We've had them down for 1 1/2years and have been thrilled so far. They keep the floor warn; they are very comfortable (surprisingly soft and padded--we went with the highest end ones--I believe they are called "Tesserae Spectrum". We wanted the thickest possible pad, so we were willing to pay a little more. We orderedl them from fastfloors.com. They carpet tiles are fabulous when we (about once a year) get a slow leak from under our basement stairs. This happens during torrential rains, and we just pull up the relevant panels, let the concrete dry out, and then replace.
We used wall to wall frieze on our stairs--there's no real way to use the panels. We took a panel into a carpet store and matched it as close as possible. It's not perfect, but if you weren't looking for a difference, you wouldn't notice it.

Laying them out is pretty easy, although trimming the edge tiles is a bit of a task. But slightly raggedy cuts don't show at all, thank goodness, as long as the tile is cut to the correct size.

Let me know if you have any more questions. Menards never used to carry these--that's great that they now do! Home Depot sells the Legato, but the Tesserae is usually only carried by carpet stores or on-line places."

    Bookmark   July 7, 2008 at 10:00AM
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Flor tiles are pretty expensive, and they are connected by stickers on their backs. Basically, they look like a bunch of 12 x 12 squares of carpet sitting next to each other - the edges are pretty noticeable. I'd probably only use them again if I wanted a checkered design with different colors. They also have kind of slick backing, so you need a rubber mat under them.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2011 at 9:07PM
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