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Michael Eckert

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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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Office Flooring: Pros and Cons of 5 Floor Types

Jan 11, 2017 / by Michael Eckert

Selecting new office flooring  can be difficult, with so many different types to choose from. Today, I’m sharing the pros and cons of five common office floors to help you determine which one best fits your budget, practical requirements and design intent.

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How to Select the Best Carpet Tiles for Your Next Commercial Project

Nov 22, 2016 / by Michael Eckert posted in Performance

Before you start work on your next commercial project, it’s important to understand the flooring you specify will impact your client’s experience of using their redesigned space, every single day.

Today, I’m identifying some of the most common problems your clients may want to address by redesigning their commercial space, and sharing the best types of flooring to specify to solve these problems for your clients.

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4 Myths of Open Cell Cushion Backing

Aug 26, 2016 / by Michael Eckert

When it comes to choosing commercial carpet tiles, you have a whole range of options to choose from: different patterns, fiber types and face weights. As well as having to decide on the look you want for your flooring, there are several different carpet tile backing options, too.

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How to Build Health and Wellness into the Private Office

Aug 24, 2016 / by Michael Eckert

The open office trend is growing in popularity worldwide. However, huge numbers of workplaces still have private offices.

If you’ve got a private office, chances are you spend the majority of your head-down work time in isolation, without the social or collaborative benefits offered by an open office. This makes it even more important to design your office specifically to address common workplace health and wellness concerns (both physical and emotional).

So today I’m looking at 3 ways to build health and wellness into private office spaces.

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How to Save Money on Your Airport Flooring

Aug 12, 2016 / by Michael Eckert

Every day thousands of travelers pass through your airport, wheeling luggage and pushing carts. With such extreme levels of foot traffic moving all through the building, you need to be certain your flooring can withstand the demanding environment. But when it’s time for a refit, replacing the flooring all through your airport is a huge – and expensive – job.

Today I’m looking at the biggest expenses in your flooring renovation project, and how you can save money on your airport flooring.

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Can Your Office Design Beat Allergies in the Workplace?

Aug 10, 2016 / by Michael Eckert posted in Design, Health & Wellness

Allergens make a significant contribution to air quality problems, and can have a significant impact on employee health and wellness in the workplace.

When allergy season comes around, you can have an office full of people sniffing and suffering – unless you take measures to reduce allergen levels in your office and improve indoor air quality through specific design choices.

But it’s not just a problem in spring, when pollen levels are high. Every day, common allergens make their way into your workplace: pet hair, perfume or other cosmetics, cleaning products, dust, and of course pollen.

Here are four things you can do when redesigning your workplace to help improve indoor air quality andcombat allergies.

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