Friday, September 3, 2010

Even Flooring Experts Change Their Minds

A “consortium” of four design-related businesses recently leased space in downtown Franklin - the best small town in Tennessee. The objective of the consortium, now know as Studio 813, is for each business to refer or connect their customers to the services/products the other businesses in the space offer....clever isn’t it. Those products and services are Interior Design, Flooring, Painting, Furniture Refinishing, Decorative Finishes and Fine Art. We are located in an original car dealer building that was built in 1930 and has had numerous purposes since. But I digress, in that I am simply attempting to describe what years of use and decorating schemes have done to the condition of this space. The original plan for the workroom / kitchen was to stain the concrete, but the painter in the group nixed that idea as there were too many layers of old paint coupled with a wide area of new concrete poured when the plumbing was repaired.

Tarkett FiberFloor Easy Living
Fun Metallics 14251
The 2nd option was epoxy, however there was concern the prep required for the epoxy could damage the newly painted Sherwin William’s Invigorate walls. So the third option was to use floor and porch paint and add metallic color chips, which we did, after we pressure-washed and cleaned the floor anticipating a painted finish. However, no one like the results. Now what to do. The painter had some Pergo laminate, but I rejected that as it was an old style and why would I as flooring expert showcase discontinued flooring. Also, under consideration was the Shaw Cosmopolitan Hardwood but at a retail price of $8 per square foot, that was too high a price even if we were sharing costs to makeover the space. And then, I found the PERFECT SOLUTION, Tarkett’s new FiberFloor from the Easy Living - Fun Collection....a very cool look too as we chose the metallic “tread plate” pattern. The best part is that is “loose-lay”, no adhesive and easy to change out in a year or so. It also has a moisture and sound resistant barrier, another advantage and it retails for $2.25 a square foot. Go to the Tarkett web site and check out all of the Tarkett FiberFloor Easy Living juvenile, whimsical and sophiscated patterns.

Wow...finally, a floor to be proud of and show off! 

Vist the Tarkett Web Site for more patterns and information:
Introducing the Tarkett® FiberFloor® Protection System™,
featuring five everyday-life-resistant layers and more.

1 Finish layer
Protects against scratches, scuffs and stains for easy; cleaning and maintenance

2 Wear layer
Prevents wear, rips, tears, gouges and indentations

3 Foam layer
Adds cushion and additional indentation protection, creating warmth and comfort underfoot

4 Engineered fiberglass inner layer
Utilizes woven fibers so it lays flat and won’t expand or contract for increased stability

5 Backing layer
Allows high flexibility, easy installation and a moisture-and sound-resistant barrier for added performance

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