How to select flooring and coatings to enhance design, functionality

Submitted by Katy Tomasulo on Tue, 09/03/2019 - 16:24
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"]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"For these surfaces, it is important to look for products that can stand up to the levels of wear they undergo. Specifying the latest technologies will reduce the need for flooring touch-ups, repainting, or replacement, while ensuring a building looks great for years to come. "]]],[1,"h3",[[0,[0],1,"Lobbies and common areas"]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"The lobby and common spaces are the first places visitors will notice in a building. These areas should make an impact, but also feel welcoming while being functional. Architects should look for wall coatings with high washability and hide. For lower maintenance, specify a stain-blocking paint and primer in one to help block against common stains such as grease, grime, food, and cigarette smoke. For example, "],[0,[1],1,"Sherwin-Williams Extreme Cover"],[0,[],0,", which provides a durable finish to stand up to repeated washings."]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"To create a seamless look, choose a hard surface flooring product with 5-mm construction, which allows for installation alongside carpet without the need for transition strips. To continue the first impression, today\u2019s carpet-tile styles offer a range of colors and innovative looks to add to and enhance the design. Stunning resilient and luxury vinyl tile (LVT) styles include realistic hardwood and stone visuals, or with dimensions and graphics inspired by biophilic design trends to bring the outdoors in and create a sense of calm and well-being. "]]],[1,"h3",[[0,[0],1,"Breakrooms and cafeterias"]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"To ensure maintenance and a uniform appearance in these high-traffic areas, select a higher-gloss finish or a technically advanced washable flat, which allows for frequent cleaning. 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For walls, pick a coating that provides high levels of resistance against water-spotting or moisture and choose a paint formulated with antimicrobial agents, which will inhibit the growth of mold and mildew on paint and prevent the growth of bacterial odors."]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"Waterproof LVT floors provide durability and protection against water yet still come with natural stone and hardwood visuals to coordinate with other elements of the overall design scheme. Plus, LVT can be installed five times faster than traditional ceramic. "]]],[1,"h3",[[0,[0],1,"Patient rooms, offices, and classrooms"]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"In spaces where visitors spend the most time, architects can help create a beautiful and comfortable refuge to help them relax while still ensuring functionality. "]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"To protect indoor air quality, specify a coating with zero volatile organic compounds (VOCs) or with "],[0,[2],1,"Sherwin-Williams Formaldehyde Reducing Technology"],[0,[],0,". This technology not only reduces airborne concentrations of formaldehyde and other aldehydes, it helps reduce airborne VOCs from potential sources like insulation, cabinets, fabrics, and other building materials. "]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"Modular flooring, whether carpet tile or LVT, continues to grow in popularity throughout commercial environments, including hospitals and education settings, because of the ease of installation and maintenance and the ability to create a wide range of designs to support navigability, corporate branding, and other aesthetic priorities. And lightweight, cost-effective carpet tile allows for the use in projects with tight budgets."]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"Paint and flooring technologies keep improving each year, particularly in the solutions provided for commercial buildings. The right product will have a significant impact on visitor satisfaction and the durability of the space for years to come. 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