High moisture levels are a billion-dollar problem for the construction industry, and flooring is particularly affected. Changes in construction processes, materials used, and accelerated build schedules compound to create one colossal moisture problem.
Moisture causes millions of dollars of damage in the construction industry, and a lot of the time it's flooring that gets hit hardest. As a result, many flooring installers are building moisture mitigation products and processes into their installation quotes as standard.
However, many of the most commonly-used moisture mitigation products don't actually solve or prevent moisture problems from occurring - they simply isolate the moisture issues from the flooring, covering it up so it's out of sight and out of mind.
Mold and mildew is a major problem in any commercial space. Once spotted, it can be removed relatively easily and effectively - though doing so is costly and time-consuming. However, the real problem lies in its ability to spread unseen throughout your building, causing extensive damage - and health problems for building users - for weeks and months before it becomes visible. How? It grows underneath the carpet.
If you're renovating a commercial space, the costs can mount up quickly. One of the costs most often overlooked is carpet installation: many installers provide an all-in-one quote to supply and install, without tailoring the quote to your particular site conditions.
In many cases, however, it can be possible to save thousands of dollars on installing new carpet, if you know what to consider.
Carpet installation can take up a significant percentage of your flooring budget - especially if removing existing flooring reveals unexpected problems, or you run into complications during the project. To help streamline your carpet installation, we've compiled a list of seven things to check - and why they're so important.
With an estimated 30 million passengers traveling through U.S. airports each year, carpet in airports is subject to rigors unseen in any other environment. With acres of floor to cover, carpet also has a profound impact on the look and feel of the entire airport for years to come.
To select tough, long-lasting floor covering, capable of inspiring travelers and easing them on their way, it's important to drill-down into durability and design, and identify the factors that are most important when it comes to airport carpet.
Subfloor moisture is the unseen enemy of flooring projects worldwide: high moisture levels can cause extensive delays, necessitate costly repairs, and even lead to total flooring failure. Sno-Isle Libraries experienced first-hand the problems subfloor moisture can cause, with one of their sites plagued by recurring moisture issues year after year.
A large flooring installation project can become complex and time-consuming - but it doesn't have to be that way. Today I'm reviewing the - sometimes unnecessary - steps that are factored into the majority of standard installation jobs, and how your flooring choices can help simplify the entire installation process.
When most people think about sustainability, end-of-life becomes their focal point: using recycled materials and selecting products that can be recycled after use. The concern with focusing on recycling is that it puts your attention on the end of a product's life, rather than working to maximize its useful life.
Additionally, products with a high percentage of recycled content are often less durable than products using virgin materials, meaning the lifecycle of each product is shorter than it could be - and as a result things need replacing sooner.
Fortunately, there are many ways to be sustainable that may be a better fit for your client's organization. Today, I'm sharing three ideas to inspire interior designers to make sustainability a priority - without compromising on the quality of design or product.
A significant amount of time and effort goes into selecting the right commercial carpet for clients - marrying desired aesthetics with practical requirements - but the type of adhesive used is often overlooked in the decision-making process.
However, not all flooring adhesives are the same: they may have different tolerances for moisture, or react differently to other products used in the installation process. So, how do you select the best adhesive to suit your install requirements?
Today we're sharing five key aspects to look for when reviewing carpet tile adhesive.