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Michael Eckert


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How Flooring Dealers Can Win More Business with Milliken

Apr 10, 2017 / by Michael Eckert posted in Performance

New flooring projects can be won or lost over a matter of cents.

But with extensive floor prep and moisture management a necessary prerequisite on many projects, it can be next-to-impossible to outbid your competitors. Even if you could, there's a significant risk that money saved on moisture management and installation could bring with it the increased risk of total flooring failure.

Thankfully, there's a reliable solution. Here are three ways dealers can win more business with Milliken.

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How to Eliminate the Cost of Floor Prep & Moisture Mitigation

Feb 9, 2017 / by Michael Eckert

It's easy to assume that floor preparation and moisture mitigation are necessary parts of every renovation project. However, thanks to improvements in flooring design, it's now possible to save thousands of dollars on what were once unavoidable costs.

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4 Key Issues with Flooring Manufacturer Moisture Warranties

Feb 9, 2017 / by Michael Eckert

Subfloor moisture is a significant issue, capable of undoing months of hard work.

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Who's Really Responsible for Failed Flooring?

Feb 7, 2017 / by Michael Eckert

When a flooring project you’ve managed fails – whether that’s because of a mold infestation, adhesive breakdown or flooring compatibility issues – it can feel as though other project players are looking to you for answers. Whenever projects go wrong, everyone – from contractors to the end user – is aiming to protect their investments, and so it’s expected that finger-pointing takes place.

However, apportioning blame does nothing to solve flooring failure for clients, and the longer it's not addressed, the more damage you’ll cause to client relationships that you’ve spent years building. To help you find a solution for your clients at the time when they most need your help, we’re looking at who’s responsible, and how to avoid project failure altogether.

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The Key to Installing Flooring Just 45 Days After a New Pour

Feb 3, 2017 / by Michael Eckert

How many of your projects are on hold right now while you wait for newly poured concrete to dry?

Under ideal conditions, newly poured concrete requires four to five months to fully dry out before it 's ready to accept flooring. That's an extensive 120 to 150-day project delay: your client will be concerned when all visible progress on-site grinds to a halt and your contractors will be anxious, waiting for the go-ahead to begin the next construction phase.

Fortunately, there is another option: you can reclaim some of that lost time and reduce the time you need to wait between new pour and flooring installation. In fact, it's possible to reduce concrete drying time by more than two-thirds.

Today we're sharing the secrets behind an expedited flooring install: rather than waiting 150 days for the concrete subfloor to dry, you can begin installing flooring in merely 45 days.

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Prevent Costly Flooring Install Delays With This Smart Solution

Feb 2, 2017 / by Michael Eckert

Whether you're working with architects on a new construction project that's halted as the newly-poured concrete subfloor dries, or with general contractors on an expansive renovation that's facing lengthy delays while you wait for moisture testing to take place, it must seem like every flooring install is held up at some point.

Long delays on flooring installs can be expensive and time-consuming. To prevent unnecessary project delays from taking hold of your business, we've identified the biggest causes of delays on flooring projects and how can you avoid them altogether.

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The Real Costs of Moisture Problems for Dealers and Their Clients

Jan 25, 2017 / by Michael Eckert

Whether it's flooring adhesives re-emulsifying, or mold and mildew taking hold, moisture problems can cripple a project. Worse still, complex moisture mitigation solutions and imperfect testing procedures mean that every project comes laden with real risk of failure. Today, we're looking at the real costs of moisture problems.

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3 Startling Consequences of Everyday Interior Design Decisions

Jan 25, 2017 / by Michael Eckert

Your interior design decisions play an important role in the success of new construction and renovation projects alike, and your choices can have surprising long-term consequences for your clients.

One of the most problematic areas of any interior design project is flooring. While it may seem like a simple choice between different design options, in reality it’s much more complex than that: Your choice of flooring has a significant impact on employee health and wellness, and even determines the likelihood of total project success - or failure.

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How Architects Can Avoid the Huge Costs of Flooring Moisture Problems

Jan 25, 2017 / by Michael Eckert

Not all moisture mitigation products work. In some cases, this is a clear-cut case of a product not living up to its own marketing hype, but more commonly, products fall foul of their own complex usage instructions. Today, we're looking at a simple, effective strategy for solving the root cause of moisture problems - and removing the risk that threatens every project.

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How to Protect Commercial Carpet Tiles from Wear and Tear

Jan 18, 2017 / by Michael Eckert

Buying new commercial carpet is a significant investment, and the last thing you want is for your modular carpet's appearance to deteriorate rapidly from ongoing wear and tear. To help keep your floor looking new for as long as possible, we're sharing the three most important factors to protecting carpet tile against everyday rigors.

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