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Four Questions Narrow The Options For Resilient Flooring
By Lacey Muszynski, Assistant Editor
Every organization, and every facility within every organization, have different requirements for flooring. All will expect the flooring to meet the needs of the occupants, but there are also expectations about how the flooring can affect the space.
“Commercial space is about human productivity,” says Jeff Krejsa, director of marketing, Johnsonite. “A motivating space, be it a hospital, school, corporate office, retail establishment or hotel, will contribute to greater productivity and greater return on investment for the organization.”
Realizing the greatest ROI and benefits from a hard surface or resilient floorcovering takes some research. With many factors to consider, some are bound to conflict, and that can leave facility executives with a big headache.
To avoid that pain, facility executives should weigh the options and examine the facility as much as the floorcoverings. Prioritizing the organization’s needs and wants will make the selection process easier.
“Performance, design, cost, environmental consideration — what is important to you?” says Dominic Rice, vice president of product management — commercial resilient for Armstrong. “Think about each part of your building and how it’s used, and then match the product to your budget, your maintenance requirements and the aesthetic you want to achieve.”
Here are four questions that facility executives should consider to get a better understanding of which resilient or hard surface flooring will work best.
1. How Will the Space be Used?
The obvious starting point for selecting flooring is determining what will be happening in the space. The needs of the occupants will dictate what the flooring should deliver: a combination of comfort, safety, durability and aesthetics. But it’s up to the facility executive to prioritize those factors and come up with the best flooring solution possible.
Talk to occupants of the space and examine the work they will be performing. If it’s a renovation project, ask occupants what is and isn’t working about the flooring. Facility executives will often get frank answers that will steer them in the right direction. In other cases, the type of flooring needed will be clear. In some areas of health care, such as patient rooms and operating rooms, hygiene is of the utmost importance. It is uncommon to find anything other than sheet vinyl, especially in operating rooms, because seams in the floorcovering can be heat welded for an impervious, aseptic floor.
Other types of flooring are particularly suited to certain areas. Vinyl composition tile (VCT) is durable, long-lasting, and relatively inexpensive, and is often used in K-12 classrooms and schools. Sheet vinyl and linoleum are often used in hallways where a lot of heavy carts or equipment are rolled through because a sheet product has more “give” to wheels rolling over it. Rubber’s non-slip surface is a benefit in locker rooms, around pools, and in stairwells and kitchens. Cork, like rubber, is soft underfoot and is used where a similar aesthetic to wood is desired.
Both luxury vinyl tile and high-pressure laminate flooring are used in spaces where a natural product aesthetic is a priority, but durability is also an issue. Both feature a thin printed film just under the wear layer that gives the look of natural products with the durability of vinyl or laminate.
In spaces where comfort is a priority because occupants are on their feet a lot, such as nurse stations, the right flooring can contribute to employee productivity. Employees who are on their feet for long periods of time will be less fatigued and may even use less sick days on flooring that gives a little, like rubber or cork.http://www.facilitiesnet.com/f...ient-Flooring--10623
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