12/8/2008 – Businesses Are Noting the Advantages Carpet Tiles Provide

Commercial Business – news BUSINESSES ARE NOTING THE ADVANTAGES CARPET TILES PROVIDE A Popular New Trend at Lewis Floor & Home For years, business owners or building managers had no choice but to replace stained broadloom carpet with a new one. Today, there is a more practical option — and a popular new trend — that makes a lot of sense. Carpet tiles solve the problem of having to install a new carpet every time stains become impossible to get out. Available in two popular sizes 18-inch by 18-inch or 36-inch by 36-inch in dark or multicolored patterns, they are as attractive as broadloom carpets. At Lewis Floor & Home, located in Northbrook and Chicago, Commercial Manager Gayle Felsenthal recommends her customers order a few extra boxes. This way, a few worn or stained carpet tiles can easily be replaced with the extra stock. Felsenthal points out that the brand new carpet tile pieces should not be plugged into the carpet tiles being removed. Instead, take carpet tiles from under a desk or other areas that don’t look new so they blend in. Then plug in those pieces and put the new carpet tile in the areas that are being used for replacement. Carpet tiles can be purchased with a pressure sensitive glue that gives consumers a longer longevity than broadloom would. Most manufacturers provide a 15 year warranty as opposed to an eight to ten year broadloom guarantee. Carpet tiles are also available with an attached cushion on the backing as opposed to its hard vinyl backing. Lewis Floor & Home also offers a lift program that takes the stress off modular furniture so carpeting can easily be removed or added. The furniture is lifted up 1/4 of an inch as carpet tiles are being installed. “Many people don’t think of Lewis Floor & Home as a commercial dealer,” Felsenthal says. “But, Lewis Floor & Home has been a major force in the commercial market for at least 20 years.” Felsenthal works with contractors, builders, management companies, nursing homes and senior facilities, offices and corporations to help them select the right carpet tiles for their building. There are thousands of product selection to meet their needs. “If we don’t have it; we will find it for you,” she adds. Because carpet tiles tend to be slightly more costly than broadloom carpet, Felsenthal always asks the customer: “How long is your lease or do you own the property?” She believes if the customer will be moving in three years or less, it’s not wise to select carpet tiles over broadloom. “You don’t want that investment,” she says. Besides a vast selection of carpet tiles, Lewis Floor & Home also offers heat welding of sheet vinyl for medical centers or other commercial customers. Medical centers want vinyl seams heat welded for bacterial purposes.

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