4 FM quick reads on floorcovering
1. Consider Flooring Maintenance in Cost Comparisons
If you're trying to decide what flooring is best for your facility, don't forget to factor in maintenance costs.
No flooring is maintenance free. Depending on the manufacturer's recommendations and your organization's expectations of appearance, all floorcoverings will require some sort of maintenance.
Floorcoverings that have an appealing low initial cost may have high maintenance costs in the long-term. Floorcoverings that have higher initial costs may have lower overall maintenance costs. It's important to calculate these costs into the life-cycle cost of the flooring in order to compare apples to apples and make the best decision for your facility and your budget.
Questions to Consider When Choosing Flooring
There’s a number of important questions that facility executives should ask themselves when deciding on what type of flooring to install in a facility. Four of the most important are:
How will the space be used? The needs of the occupants will dictate what the flooring needs to deliver. Are there special circumstances like hygiene or static considerations?
Is sustainability important? Besides recycled content of a flooring, look at a flooring’s rated service life and longevity. The less you need to replace a floor, the less waste goes to landfills.
How much maintenance should we expect to perform? Some floors require more maintenance than others to keep up a high aesthetic standard. Determine if your facilities team can perform the required maintenance realistically.
What can we afford? Be sure you examine the life-cycle cost of the flooring, not just the first costs, or you may be in for a nasty surprise down the road.
Sustainable Features of Resilient Flooring
Many types of resilient flooring have sustainable features beyond recycled content. Some floorcoverings, such as linoleum and cork, are made from natural and renewable materials.
Some resilient floorcoverings require relatively little maintenance. Those that need less maintenance over their lifetime will require less water and other cleaning chemicals, resulting in water conservation and less potentially harmful chemicals being introduced into the water supply.
Resilient floorcoverings also usually have a long lifespan, sometimes even up to 30 years or more. The longer a floor is in service, the fewer resources that are consumed and less waste goes into a landfill. Keeping the existing floor in place as long as possible also avoids the emissions from the create and transport of new flooring materials.
Researching Floorcovering Manufacturers
Researching a flooring manufacturer is almost as important as researching the floorcovering itself. Established companies that have been around for a long time will most likely continue to be around - important if you need to repair or replace part of your floorcovering years down the line. Ask about product availability now and in the future.
Compare manufacturers' warranties. Obviously, the longer and more inclusive the warranty, the better.
Ask about what the company offers in terms of technical service and support. Helpful, reliable and fast service, coupled with a good warranty and product availability will save headaches in the future when you unexpectedly need to replace part of your floorcovering.