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Michael Eckert


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The Complete Guide to Printed Carpet

Feb 7, 2018 / by Michael Eckert

Printed carpet offers unparalleled design flexibility and creative freedom. Designs can be made to match perfectly from tile to tile, and vary hugely in size – from high-resolution half-inch patterns, to patterns as large as your floor plan.

New technology made printed carpet available for the first time, more than 40 years ago. Since then, decades of technical refinement, improvement and development have enhanced design possibilities with printed carpet - but despite that, there are still many myths and misconceptions surrounding printed carpet.

We've pulled together everything you need to know about printed carpet, to dispel these myths and share the creative possibilities that printed carpet offers.

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A Simple Guide to Carpet Installation Patterns

Jan 16, 2018 / by Michael Eckert

One of the main benefits of modular carpet tiles is the design flexibility they offer. Not only are carpet tiles available in a much wider range of patterns, colors and designs than other flooring types; they can also be installed in a variety of different patterns and layouts, to add an additional design flair to even a subtle choice of carpet tile.

We're looking at several different installation pattern options, for both modular carpet squares and carpet planks - as different shapes of carpet tiles offer different installation patterning opportunities.

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Why Half of Floors Fall Short on Slip and Fall Liability

Jan 3, 2018 / by Michael Eckert

A recent study by Chicago-based insurer CNA Financial Corp has found that 50% of floors fail to meet the minimum friction levels set-out by the American National Standards Institute - meaning they fall short on slip and fall prevention.

The study showed that 40% of falls occurred in walking and working surfaces (compared with 33% in parking lots and 27% on sidewalks). Falls were especially common in entry spaces, which have to deal with the highest levels of foot traffic in a building.

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4 Ways to Change Your Open Office Layout to Improve Health and Productivity

Dec 27, 2017 / by Michael Eckert

We typically spend upwards of 40 hours a week in the office, so it's no surprise that the office environment has a significant impact on the health and well-being of the people who use it every day. Today we're looking at four ways to change-up the layout and environment of your office, in order to improve employee health - and in turn, their productivity - while at work.

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4 Ways Your Office Design Can Improve Indoor Air Quality

Dec 14, 2017 / by Michael Eckert

Poor indoor air quality can lead to a number of health complaints from building users, including respiratory problems, fatigue and exacerbated allergies. But what actually causes poor indoor air quality? And how can you design and furnish you office in a way that improves air quality - and in turn, the health and wellness of building users?

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WELL, LEED or Green Label: An Introduction to Designing Healthy Buildings

Dec 5, 2017 / by Michael Eckert

The concept of healthy buildings has been a growing priority since awareness of sick building syndrome (SBS) emerged in the 1970s. To help you design healthy buildings, we're sharing an introduction to some of the most widely-used building standards looking at health and wellness, and identifying simple ways to improve the health of building users with your designs.

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Do You Really Need that Expensive Concrete Floor Sealant?

Nov 28, 2017 / by Michael Eckert

When replacing commercial flooring, there are so many steps to the removal and installation process that it can be difficult to work out which stages are essential, and which are an unnecessary addition to your particular project.

Many flooring installers take a blanket approach with their quotations, to ensure they've got all potential risks covered - even if some risks are already mitigated by other processes or products you've selected. One common example is using floor sealants as part of the moisture mitigation process, even if you've already selected products that mitigate the risk of moisture problems in another way.

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How to Avoid 3 Common Office Flooring Mistakes

Nov 16, 2017 / by Michael Eckert

When renovating an office, your choice of flooring can have a surprisingly big impact on the overall indoor environment, as it's one of the few materials that covers the entire space. To help you make the best choice for your office environment, as well as your budget, we're sharing three of the most common mistakes made when selecting new office flooring - and how to avoid making the same mistakes yourself.

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A Simple Guide to Carpet Tiles

Nov 7, 2017 / by Michael Eckert

Modular carpet tiles are an increasingly popular flooring choice, thanks to their durability, ease of installation, and design flexibility. But not all carpet tiles are created equal. To help you select the best carpet tiles for your flooring project, we're looking at some of the key traits of different carpet tiles, and how they affect the design and longevity of your carpet.

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How to Specify Versatile Commercial Carpet Tile

Oct 26, 2017 / by Michael Eckert

Most people treat modular carpet tiles as a static product - something that gets installed at the start of its life, and removed several years later when it's time for a replacement. However, one of the biggest advantages of modular carpet tiles is their versatility: it's possible to lift and re-lay tiles in different areas, to change-up the look of your commercial space and refresh the design without undertaking a full renovation project.

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