Renewal is a budget saver and lifeline for dull, stained and unsightly flooring surfaces and the facility teams responsible for maintaining them. Replacement is a burden, and not just relative to the cost of the flooring. In addition to being expensive, replacement is a liability for the facilities team, those who utilize the facility daily and the environment. For these reasons, forward-thinking organizations are turning to resilient flooring renewal systems.
The new floor system is applied over an existing resilient floor, reducing the cost of tear out and replacing with new material. Resilient renewal systems can also be applied in sections, so facilities can prioritize areas to upgrade based on available budget.
The system is efficient to install, and with proper training, many in-house maintenance teams execute the entire process, which can typically be completed in a matter of hours, rather than days or weeks (depending upon the surface size).
Once the renewal process is complete, the floor never needs to be stripped and polished again. Skipping the stripping and polishing process gives janitorial and maintenance teams significant time to focus on other essential facility work.
Upon first glance, many flooring surfaces seem unable to be saved, and facilities opt to replace instead. Floor replacement not only contributes to rising landfills but also subjects those nearby to airborne dust particulates.
Flooring renewal produces a long-lasting floor in a non-yellowing formula, utilizes existing materials, mitigates the landfill issue and eliminates the carbon footprint created by new products.
Below are practical examples from facilities that achieved stunning outcomes and eco-friendly, durable floors – all while maintaining modest budgets with little room for downtime.
Sunnyside Students Begin the School Year on Durable and Safe Flooring
Arizona’s Sunnyside Unified School District (Sunnyside) had facility flooring with years of wear and tear. Floors were dirty and damaged from the high volume of foot traffic throughout the school year which, aside from the unsightly appearance, proved to be an unhealthy and unsafe environment for the students. When it came time to renew the floor, the school wanted a cost-effective process that included environmentally safe products and could be completed over summer break. The school also needed a durable, monolithic floor surface that could withstand the harsh cleaning chemicals and hand sanitizers the school utilizes on a daily basis.
Sunnyside utilized a portion of the cost savings from its project to budget for a Phase 2 project that included renewing additional district flooring. By choosing to renew existing flooring instead of implementing a full floor replacement, the district saved over $40,000 and achieved the following benefits:
- Look and Feel. The end result was an aesthetically-pleasing, cohesive design that easily withstands the regular and heavy foot traffic from students and staff.
- Safe Indoor Air Quality. The district chose a waterborne renewal system – now considered an industry standard – which decreased the amount of toxic stripper and other environmentally harmful products, and the process reduced water usage and landfill waste.
- Continuous Savings. Since the renewal process eliminates the recurring cost of polishing the floor, Sunnyside will realize sustained labor savings over the life of their floors.
Kadlec Transforms Flooring in Phases – Easy on the Eyes and Budget
The sheet vinyl floors in the medication room, as well as staff restrooms, a women’s lounge and a birth center lounge, of North Carolina-based Kadlec Regional Medical Center (Kadlec) endure extensive wear and tear from heavy foot traffic and harsh chemical disinfectants, as well as medical equipment transportation to and from the medication room. When it came time to replace the floors, Kadlec’s facilities team began with the medication room, but revised the original plan of replacing the floor.
Kadlec chose a more sustainable, fast and cost-effective option of floor renewal. Assuming they achieved successful results with the medication room flooring, the team planned to follow up with resilient flooring renewal for additional areas of the facility.
“Instead of stripping and tearing out the floor, just using the paint and resilient products does wonders for the floor and it really transforms a room, which makes this product a really nice and cost-effective solution for us,” said Denis Melnik, Kadlec facilities painter.
Kadlec was extremely pleased with the finished product’s aesthetic, slip resistance and durability to withstand heavy foot traffic and rolling carts, so they proceeded to renew additional areas, including a women’s restroom, women’s lounge and birth center lounge. Currently, Kadlec Regional Medical Center has renewed 1,000 square feet of flooring.
The Kadlec maintenance team also notes the renewed flooring surfaces are easy and efficient to clean and preserve that “new floor” look because the resilient solution is scratch-resistant.
Future plans include renewing another 500-600 square feet of flooring in a nursery area as well as an operating room and men’s restroom.
Kadlec realized the following benefits from floor renewal instead of replacement:
- Cost Savings. Instead of a $37,000 floor replacement project for the medication room, women’s restrooms and two lounge spaces, the resilient materials cost approximately $2,640. The facility will realize future savings by eliminating the need to strip and polish these floors. Additionally, the facility’s painter and floor care team were professionally trained to utilize the resilient system so future projects can be completed in-house.
- Abatement Prevention. In the future, the facility can use the resilient system to avoid abatement of vinyl asbestos tile that is present in other areas of the building.
- Durability and Chemical Resistance. The resilient system creates a monolithic surface, preventing contaminants, such as germs, grime, outdoor elements and other materials from seeping into cracks or making the floor look dull.
- Minimal Downtime: The medication room floor was transformed in only five hours. The restroom flooring renewal spanned one hour and each lounge took three hours to renew. All areas achieved beautiful results.
It's time to rethink resilient flooring. Tearing out and replacing a flooring surface isn’t the only option. In fact, many facilities are saving time, money, resources and the environment by implementing floor renewal systems instead.