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.
Safety is not just a one-time shot of education that can be injected to provide a lifetime of immunity from hazard. Safety must become a habit for all segments of an installation operation, developed from continuous learning, upgrading and analysis of what works and what doesn’t.
Can you stop work, say “no” to a project and, dare I suggest, take a few days off work to attend an event? The answer is simple. You can’t afford not to. There are several associations in the floor covering industry working hard to bring about positive changes. Each has at least one big annual event, call it a conference, convention, or whatever. The purpose of these get-togethers is education: New products; new installation methods; business information; and other programs to get you fired up about flooring.
It is the copy machine factor. The copies from the original document are clear and crisp. However, once you start making copies from copies, and additional copies from those copies, pretty soon the documents in your hands become blurred, smudged, and nowhere near presentable. I relate this scenario to floor covering installers because so many in our trade only receive on-the -ob training from the installer(s) they work with. Chances are this is the way their "trainers" learned as well.
What's up? That's what Columnist Gary Kloth wants to know as he delves into the realm of the general contractor, a segment of the industry that he refers to as "the poster child for people with conflicting goals."