Commercial Flooring Installation
The term broadloom is defined as carpet that is woven on a wide loom, and it generally refers to tufted carpet that is installed wall-to-wall. Broadloom is sold on rolls that are standard width. They are usually 12 feet wide, but can also be 15 feet or 13 feet 6 inches wide.
A loom is a device that is used to weave fabric. For hand weaving, it holds in place the fibers running in one direction, so that the fibers going in the opposite direction be interwoven.Broadloom is most often sold for the purpose of being installed wall-to-wall. In residential homes, it is usually installed over an underpad, but in commercial applications, it may be glued directly to the floor.
Broadloom is made into rolls of a standard width (whichever width the manufacturer chooses). These rolls are typically approximately 150 feet in length.
Broadloom is sold by either square yard or square foot in North America and may be sold by square metre in countries using the metric system. Although Canada generally uses the metric system, it widely uses imperial measurements in the floor covering industry.
Historically, carpets were hand woven on looms, and so the term ‘broad loom’ literally meant a loom that was wider than the average loom size, and used to make a large carpet.