The Annual Starnet Design Awards have been written and submitted! We were able to submit on 5 of our fabulous projects from 2014 that included several of our preferred Starnet Vendors. Stay tuned for details, project descriptions and photographs.
Hard floors can be cold and uninviting. If you have hard floors in your business, you know how important area rugs are.
ISE has a solution to warm your space up by adding a soft touch of color using Masland Contract Flooring Area Rugs.
We can order in eight different patterns with several color choices. We would love to sit down with you and show you samples and talk about your needs.
The ideal businesses we would love to warm up are commercial office spaces, executive suites, conference areas and any business common areas.
As we wrote about in an earlier blog, Interior Surface was privileged to be a part of the Ronald McDonald House remodel project several months ago of which several contractors, designers and industry businesses came together to make it happen.
“We transformed the restrooms from dull and outdated to cheerful and bright—helping create a positive space for the families of the Ronald McDonald House, ” said Don Planinshek, tile division project manager for Interior Surface.
You can read more about the project since we were recently mentioned in several industry publications:
The Flooring Contractor – http://digitaladmin.bnpmedia.
FCI – Floor Covering Installer – http://www.fcimag.com/
FCICA – Floor Contractors Association – https://www.fcica.com/press-
Floor Trends “Talk Floor” – http://www.floortrendsmag.
Lastly, what does your schedule look like? To accurately stay with-in your budget we need to know if our proposal needs to include night or weekend work. When are the slowest points of your business? This can be certain slow months, certain days of the week, or times of the year. We can create a schedule where we can phase our work out over a period of time, to do our best not to interfere with your business if you choose not to close down to remodel.
After all of these elements are established, your flooring specialist will begin preparing your proposal. We will select a budget price and will choose several brands and types of flooring based on your feedback at our first meeting. Samples will be ordered, and we will finalize quantities needed while gathering accurate time frames to obtain the product from our manufactures. Once we receive the samples, we will bring these for you to review and we will present a budget proposal based on our sample selections.
At this point you have some decisions to make. What style, color, brand, and installation pattern do you want to see in your facility? (This is the fun part, don’t over think it!) Your flooring specialist will be able to offer any information you may need to make your final decisions. Once a final decision is made, we will provide you with your final Price Proposal, reflecting the specific products you choose. After this, we are ready to get your products ordered and get construction scheduled.
You are almost to the point of having new flooring! With the help of your flooring specialist this process should be fun, educational and you should be the one making the decisions for your space.
Now that you know how this whole process works, who do you know that could use an update to their space?
Next, what style do you want to portray with your flooring?
There are options ranging from elegant marble tiles, to modern carpet tiles with pops of bright colors, to broadloom sophisticated carpets for executive suites, to crisp clean porcelain tile, and every style in-between. We can even offer any type of specialty flooring you may need to access underfloor wiring, entry mat systems, rubber athletic flooring and much more.
In fact, if you don’t know the answer to this, we are pretty good at guiding you in a direction that will suite your space. You can always come into Interior Surface and see our showroom to touch, feel and see many options next to each other.
Last week, in our 6-part series on updating your flooring, we talked about the durability – how you expect the flooring to perform in your facility.
Certain floorings require significant amounts of daily maintenance including washing, waxing, buffing, etc. While other types of flooring do not require wax at all. It is all about what you will realistically do to maintain the flooring and uphold warranties and keep the floor looking as you expect.
Your flooring specialist will educate you once a flooring option is selected on how to properly maintain your flooring.
How much do you want to maintain your floors?
Last week, in our 6-part series on updating your flooring, we talked about the budget – how long you expect the flooring to perform in your facility.
This ties directly into the durability of the product. If there are specific high traffic areas, we may suggest a different option in that area to safeguard the rest of your flooring.
This also relates to the acoustics of the space. What is the space used for? You may not want a certain type flooring in a space where people are expected to be quiet as the acoustics may not be suitable for that.
Next week . . . well, you’ll just have to read our blog next week to see what else to consider!
Last week, in our 6-part series on updating your flooring, we talked about how it’s important to consider several factors before you start your flooring project.
Flooring comes with several performance ranges. For example, we have carpeting that can be replaced every 2 years and other options that need replaced up to every 10-15 years. This varies significantly and we want to make sure if you plan on moving in a couple of years that we don’t necessarily provide you with a 15 year carpet.
Or on the other end of the spectrum, if you own your building and want the carpet to last 15 years, we need to know that up front so we can ensure we are providing you with the appropriate options for longevity in your flooring.
So, ask yourself that most important question because it could mean the difference in the bottom line.
Next week . . . durability!
You have made the decision to update your flooring, CONGRATULATIONS! New flooring provides a whole new look to your space that will make your business look more professional, clean and inviting to your customers. Now What?
You want your flooring to reflect your businesses personality but you don’t know where to go from there. Unlike painting a wall, flooring is more permanent and you can’t just decide you don’t like it and try again. This is the perfect time to bring in a Flooring Specialist to guide you through the exciting process of updating your flooring. The six areas to discuss with your flooring specialist are:
- schedule and
- preferred style
Choosing flooring that meets the unique needs of these different elements will ensure you are completely satisfied with your flooring and are able to enjoy it for years to come, without the dreaded buyer’s remorse.
The first time you meet with your flooring specialist plan on spending about an hour during the information gathering session. If you have access to an electronic blueprint of the floor plan of your space it is very helpful to e-mail that before the first session. If you do not have access to that, no problem at all! Your flooring specialist can go the old-fashioned route and measure with a tape measurer or electronic device. Several questions you should discuss together are:
- What did you like about the current flooring?
- How long was this flooring in your space?
- Are you updating the entire look of the space?
- Is there another business where you love their flooring?
Once you establish some basic direction then you can begin answering the 6 elements needed to choose the perfect flooring.
Next week we’ll look at the first one: budget!