Carpet Tiles Grow in Popularity
While the flooring industry in the United Kingdom has, like so many businesses, been hit hard by the recent global recession, one aspect of flooring has bucked the trend. Surprisingly, one flooring trend that has come out smelling of roses despite the country’s economic woes is not wood flooring, (and the demand for wood floor repairs) but carpet tiles.
A new market analysis conducted by BMW Associates suggests that the carpet tile flooring industry has grown in size by no less than 23% over the course of the last five years, a trend that is likely to give other flooring manufacturers hope that with the worst of the recession now supposedly over, other areas of the industry will also bounce back in a big way.
“No longer are carpet tiles restricted to the core corporate and commercial office segment” says Bill McWhirter from BMW Associates. “They are now competing with broadloom and other contract floor finishes in their market strongholds of in store, hospitality, leisure, education, healthcare, institutional and transport.”
BMW is predicting that over the course of just the rest of this year, more than 180 million square feet of carpet tiles will be bought and fitted throughout the whole of the United Kingdom. The rise in popularity of carpet tiles is perhaps not so surprising when one considers the large array of differing colours and styles that are available, with designs no longer limited to muted colours and dull designs as they once were.