While all professional installers possess skills that apply to both commercial and residential installations, each segment has areas that require a certain expertise. The general rule is that commercial products will be heavier, denser, thicker or stiffer. The reasoning behind this is that floor covering products destined for use in a commercial facility must sport a durable, finished surface able to withstand the rigors of heavy use. In order to promote end-user confidence, manufacturers have put a premium on long-term warranties.
Flooring products tend to drive the need for specialized skills in the commercial arena. The installer’s performance at the job site plays a major role in the life expectancy of the flooring, but what goes under the floor is just as important in providing for the expected long-term use. Any adhesive that has to do with direct-glue or double-glue applications will serve as a perfect example. The top grades need to be used because they are engineered to perform in heavy traffic when applied in the correct volume.