COMMERCIAL CARPET BACKING OPTIONS

Quality carpet backing for the right commercial setting.

 

A carpet tile’s backing is critical to its performance throughout its lifetime. A quality carpet tile with backing will maintain its durability and retain its appearance. The right carpet backing will not only ensure the carpet tile remains dimensionally stable and flat on the floor, it can also provide acoustic, insulation and sustainability benefits. This is due to its construction as primary backing is compiled with several supportive layers making it suitable for a range of high traffic areas.

 

As part of Milliken’s offering, we manufacture high-quality commercial carpet tiles, that are designed for use in a variety of environments across the office sector as well as hospitality and education environments. In order to tailor your carpet for longevity within your space, different carpet backing options should be considered to ensure the life of your carpet as well as provide the best acoustic properties and comfort within your budget.

CARPET BACKING TYPES

Different environments call for different carpet backings and making the right choice is an important part of the carpet specification process.

As a commercial carpet manufacturer, Milliken offers a range of innovative, practical and sustainable carpet backing options for all types of commercial environments.

Milliken offers a hardback option as well as Cushion Backed variations for enhanced wear performance, improved acoustics and enhanced underfoot comfort.

Function Plus™

Hardback
FunctionPlus
Description

Milliken’s opening price point backing system – a functional hardback that delivers performance and modular flexibility

Acoustics

Basic acoustic performance as provided by a soft textile surface versus a hard floor covering

Average impact sound
25 dB

Underfoot Comfort

Basic underfoot comfort as provided by a soft textile surface versus a hard floor covering

Recycled Content Cushion

N/A

Wear Performance

Class 33 Heavy Commercial Use

Wear Guarantee

10 year wear guarantee

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Comfort Lite

Cushion Backing
ComfortLite
Description

Milliken’s standard cushion backing system - offering enhanced underfoot comfort, acoustic and wear performance

Acoustics

Enhanced acoustic performance

Average impact sound
29 to 33 dB

Underfoot Comfort

Attached cushion backing provides enhanced underfoot comfort ensuring carpet backing quality

Recycled Content Cushion

90% recycled content in cushion

Wear Performance

Class 33 Heavy Commercial Use

Wear Guarantee

12 year wear guarantee

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Comfort Plus®

Premium Cushion Backing
ComfortPlus
Description

Milliken’s premium backing  system - offering luxurious underfoot comfort as well as superior acoustic and wear performance

Acoustics

Superior acoustic performance

Average impact sound
33 to 37 dB

Underfoot Comfort

Premium thickness attached cushion backing provides luxury underfoot comfort

Recycled Content Cushion

90% recycled content in cushion

Wear Performance

Class 33 Heavy Commercial Use

Wear Guarantee

15 year wear guarantee

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FAQs


 

What is carpet backing?

Carpet backing is best described as the underside of a carpet tile. It’s designed to make the carpet more durable adding strength and stability, and it also secures the tufts of carpet together. Carpet backing normally consists of several layers combined; including primary backing, which acts as the foundation to hold the yarn in place and secondary backing layers which provide extra strength and comfort amongst other properties for best performance.

What is secondary backing on carpets?

Secondary backing is a second layer alongside the primary backing on the underside of a carpet tile. Secondary backing acts as extra support for your carpet, ensuring longevity in busy commercial areas. Milliken carpets offer several layers of backing, providing premium support for sound insulation and acoustics in offices, hotels and open-plan commercial settings.

What are the different types of carpet backing?

There are different types of carpet backing for different needs. Standard hard backing for carpet tiles for areas where comfort is not the main consideration and cushion backing for commercial carpets; an option that provides extra comfort for office workers, visitors and guests alike. Milliken’s hardback option, Function Plus™ is made with several backing layers including; hardbacking and latex to lock the carpet tufts as well a layer of felt backing as the foundation. Whilst Milliken’s cushioned backed options Comfort Lite and Comfort Plus® have additional thick layers of recycled and premium cushion for that extra soft footing, which adds to a desirable guest experience in hotels, casinos and more. 

What is the best type of carpet backing?

The best type of carpet backing depends on your personal specifications. In cases where there is a requirement for additional performance characteristics, such as design projects then premium cushion backing is ideal. Milliken’s premium Comfort Plus® backing offers luxurious underfoot, superior acoustic performance and sustainability benefits as it’s made with 90% recycled cushion.