Whether you’re going through renovation of a single wing or a ground-up construction, no one wants to waste money. Here’s 5 ways I’d suggest our healthcare customer make their lives easier — and maybe make the bottom line an easier pill to swallow.
1. Pay now — not later. One of the easiest ways to save money is to reduce your flooring’s life-cycle cost. Every floor eventually needs maintenance of some type, and the labor and materials to do that need to be part of your overall equation. Great flooring can be expensive, but the healthcare industry especially has aesthetic and functional needs that usually make “bargain” flooring a costlier choice down the road.
2. Explore new options. The latest can also be the greatest; rubber flooring, for example, really just came online in the last few years and has become a game-changer in terms of its durability and antimicrobial qualities. We did a renovation recently on the Lafayette Medical Center where the entire hospital moved to Flexco rubber tile — and it’s performed at a high level for them, easily handling the rolling loads associated with heavy hospital beds.
3. Get the right product for the right application. Your lobbies and waiting rooms aren’t going to require the same flooring as your surgical suites. There’s a product called Luxury Vinyl Tile that’s really hot in the healthcare industry right now, with a wear layer that doesn’t have to be waxed and a warm, less-institutional-looking wood grain appearance that’s extremely durable.
4. Take advantage of new technologies. Digital imaging technology today has reached the point where it doesn’t just look great, but looks consistently great from lot to lot and even from carton to carton. The issue of color variance between “dye lots” has been a concern in our industry for years, but the new technology virtually eliminates this — making flooring products easier to install and a whole lot easier to go back and repair.
5. Use a high-quality contractor from the start. Everyone’s heard horror stories, but keeping them from happening to you starts with ensuring the right specs are followed on your project; it protects your investment, like an insurance policy. If it’s not done properly — if the wrong adhesive is used, or the wrong trowel, or if the moisture testing or surface preparation is done incorrectly — you’ve got problems on the way. Having a quality specification is key, which is why we write specifications for the healthcare, governmental and hospitality industries as part of our service.
About the Author: Jim Lloyd
Jim has been in the flooring and decorative products industry all of his adult life. He founded his first flooring company in 1999 and began Cornerstone in 2002. He confidently claims that, “CCF currently has the most technically savy, and sophisticated team of construction professionals in the gulf south.”
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