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Michael Eckert

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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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What's the Difference Between 7 Different Types of Commercial Carpet?

Oct 5, 2017 / by Michael Eckert

When you're comparing different commercial carpet types, it can be difficult to look past different patterns and colors. However, the type of carpet you choose will have a lasting impact on your organization: different carpet types require different levels of maintenance, and some wear out and need replacing sooner than more durable options.

Today, we're comparing seven different types of commercial carpet, covering different construction and dye methods, to help you understand the practical differences between different carpet options.

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Here's Why Those Waterproofing Silicates in Your Concrete Admixture Don't Work

Sep 28, 2017 / by Michael Eckert

Adding silicates to concrete is a common tactic for battling the moisture problems that so often derail construction projects. But increasingly, these expensive concrete waterproofing admixtures are being rendered ineffective - or worse, completely redundant - by smart and cost-effective advances in flooring technology.

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Everything You Need to Know About the WELL Building Standard

Sep 14, 2017 / by Michael Eckert

The WELL Building Standard (WELL) combines design and construction best practices with proven, evidence-based strategies for improving health and wellness. According to WELL, this is the "first standard of its kind that focuses solely on the health and wellness of building occupants".

Today we're looking at some of the key concepts that WELL focuses on, and how they affect health and wellness for building users.

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Greenwashing: Why Sustainable Design Isn't Always What It Seems

Sep 12, 2017 / by Michael Eckert

Sustainability has been shown to have a major impact on consumers’ purchasing decisions, leading some companies to work - and sometimes overwork - the ‘green angle’ into their marketing efforts. This means it has become increasingly difficult for designers to differentiate between truly sustainable products and materials, and those where the green claims have been exaggerated.

This practice - of making exaggerated or misleading claims about the environmental benefits of a product - is known as 'greenwashing'. At best, greenwashing is used to make a company appear more 'green' or environmentally friendly than they are; at worst, it's a way to distract from other business practices that may actually be damaging the environment.

Today we're looking at two increasingly prevalent examples of greenwashing, to help differentiate between exaggerated claims and truly sustainable design options.

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What Flooring Manufacturers' Installation Instructions Really Mean for Your Next Project

Sep 5, 2017 / by Michael Eckert

Most design and construction specifications rely on the manufacturer's installation instructions as a base reference document, and language like "Installed per the manufacturers installation instructions" has almost become common place. Unfortunately, installation requirements vary from manufacturer to manufacturer: some requirements are incredibly vague and hard to follow, and some are so exacting it's almost impossible to get right.

We're highlighting the four main points covered in manufacturers installation requirements, to help you understand why each is so critical for a successful flooring project.

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What is the Life Expectancy of Commercial Carpet?

Aug 24, 2017 / by Michael Eckert

The life expectancy of commercial carpet is affected by several factors, from how it's used to the type of carpet you've selected. Shorter replacement cycles can hit your maintenance budget hard, and it's likely that a slightly more expensive carpet with a longer lifecycle will be better value for your money over its lifetime compared with a cheaper, less durable option.

Today we're sharing four factors that affect carpet longevity, and revealing how long you can expect different carpet types to last in a commercial environment.

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5 Questions to Ask Before Buying Moisture Mitigation Products

Aug 16, 2017 / by Michael Eckert

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.

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The Only Moisture Mitigation Solution You'll Ever Need

Aug 10, 2017 / by Michael Eckert

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.

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How to Stop Mold Growing Under Your Carpet

Aug 8, 2017 / by Michael Eckert

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.

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