Abby Reinhard, March 14, 2017
Breaking Down the Pros and Cons of VCT, LVT, Broadloom and Carpet Tiles*
1.) Vinyl Composite Tile (VCT)
-Very affordable purchase price
-Durable with proper care and maintenance
-Limited aesthetics; can be associated with sterile environments
-Extensive and labor-intensive maintenance requirements with waxing and polishing
-Often not the most affordable option over the lifetime of the flooring due to maintenance required
2.) Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT)
-Wide range of design options that can mimic the look of natural stone, wood, or other designs at a substantially lower price
-Easy and inexpensive to maintain over product lifetime -- no waxing necessary
-Excellent thermal and acoustic properties, reducing temperature fluctuation and noise levels over other types of hard flooring
-Doesn't match the noise absorption of carpet
-Isn't "bullet proof" -- it can get scratches if hard furniture doesn't have proper protection and digs into the floor
3.) Broadloom/Rolled Carpet
-Better acoustic profiles compared to hard surface flooring
-Conducive to large patterns and elegant designs
-Often less expensive than carpet tile
-Less durable than carpet tiles due to lack of multi-layered structure and built-in backing that protects the carpet fibers
-Difficult to maintain appearance because you can't easily replace sections of the carpet for stains
-A lot of waste of material during installation due to fitting broadloom to interior spaces
4.) Carpet Tiles
-Acoustical benefits similar to broadloom
-Better structural integrity due to the composition of the carpet tiles
-Carpet tiles with built-in cushion can reduce wear and tear of the fibers and improve underfoot comfort
-Monochromatic carpet tiles can look like tiles, with visible seams. New designs disguise and/or embrace a modular look
-Often more expensive than broadloom/rolled carpet
*Note: I used Milliken's Flooring Blog as a reference in creating this overview.
Abby Reinhard, September 30, 2016
In case it's helpful, here's some information about how many institutions we work with have gotten new floors without having to abate asbestos flooring (e.g. Vinyl Asbestos Tile).
A number of facilities directors and others have been grateful to learn about this option because it has saved them a lot of time, money and headaches.
So here goes... five things to know about luxury vinyl floating floors:
Luxury Vinyl "Floating Floors":
Some might use this as a temporary solution and can easily have the tiles or planks pulled up when they do want to mitigate. You can even potentially re-use the flooring in another area in your facility.
Please let me or your GP salesperson know if you're interested in learning more or would like to see samples. We'll get right back to you.
As always, a big thanks from all of us at GP Flooring Solutions, your friendly WBE-certified, authorized flooring dealer on the New York State contract.
Please let us know how we can help!
Abby Reinhard, June 15, 2016
And when all else fails and the carpet needs to be replaced, opt for carpet with high-quality, stain-resistant fibers that will last.
I hope this helps! Please let us know if you have any questions, or if you need more help keeping your floors clean! We've got you covered!
Abby Reinhard, May 5, 2016
Abby Reinhard, February 22, 2016
Despite recent snow, you’re probably focusing on projects for spring break and summer. As a certified WBE flooring dealer on the State Contract, I wanted to let you know that now is a great time to take advantage of special offers and lock in your flooring installation during peak busy season.
GP Land & Carpet specializes in helping you find the best deals on the State Contract for your specific flooring needs.
You can also save a ton on maintenance costs by considering innovative hard-surface flooring products other than VCT. For example, with Johnsonite iQ homogenous vinyl sheet and tile, you’ll never need to strip, polish or wax—ever—and you’ll get long-lasting performance (it’s also certified asthma and allergy friendly). Of course we do VCT too...all day, any day!
And if you ever need a project completed immediately, check out our warehouse inventory—we have over 20,000 square yards of carpet, as well as hard-surface flooring available now, at prices lower than items on the State Contract.
We want to make your life—and budget—easier. We have a sales rep in your area and would love the opportunity to stop by and see how we can help.
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Abby Reinhard, November 4, 2015
Before winter hits, we wanted to share pricing and performance information with you on walk-off mats. According to industry reports, walk-off mats can remove up to 98 percent of debris from shoes:
walking on 6 feet of walk-off tile/matting removes about 40 percent of debris from the average person's shoes
20 feet removes about 80 percent of debris from shoes
39 feet removes 98 percent of debris from shoes
We're seeing more and more of our customers opt for walk-off tile because the designs now look like carpet tile (they're no longer just plain gray!) -- and the walk-offs help them better maintain their carpet/flooring throughout their facilities while minimizing slips and falls. Walk-off mats come in both rolled goods as well as tiles, and they require only vacuuming and a periodic cleaning to maintain.
The most cost-effective walk-off mats range in price from $3.00-$4.44 per square foot (or $27-$40 per square yard). We have some pre-cut and edged mats in our warehouse inventory now for an even deeper overall discount. There are great options available for order on and off of the New York State Contract (OGS).
As a certified WBE and approved dealer on the NY State Contract, we can help you meet your procurement goals and save your institution time and money. A quick reminder: you can access pre-negotiated rates for materials AND labor by purchasing through the NY State Contract.
You could order now and have walk-off mats before December!
Please, feel free to use us as a resource should you have any questions about carpet/flooring. At GP Carpet, we're always happy to help -- promptly!
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Abby Reinhard, October 7, 2015
We wanted to share information about two flooring products perfect for health care environments -- see below. As a certified WBE flooring dealer on the OGS NY State Contract, we're here as a resource to you whenever you have any questions about floors.
Powerbond by Tandus is a hygienic product of choice in health care -- it looks like nylon carpet, but acts like a durable hard-surface. It's resilient flooring with a textile wear layer.
Benefits of Powerbond:
How it works: Heat and pressure bond the nylon wear layer to the resilient closed-cell cushion sheet.
GP Land & Carpet carries Powerbond and oversees impeccable installations of this six-foot rolled product. Powerbond is an option via the OGS NY State Contract for both materials and labor.
We're happy to share samples and offer free estimates as well as referrals on this product and our service.
Seam Advantage by Mannington allows hard-surface flooring to be chemically welded to carpet, eliminating the need for transition strips. This means:
Mannington's top-quality resilient sheet, LVT, and performance broadloom carpet can be chemically welded to each other creating seamless transitions from surface to surface. The company offers a lifetime warranty for seam integrity, delamination, edge ravel, zippering, and wick-back staining.
Please let us know if you'd like to see samples or a demonstration of these products, and as always, feel free to reach out if you have any questions related to floor covering for your facility. We'd love to help in any way we can.
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