We are happy to share excerpts from a recent article in Buildings Magazine by Zeftron’s business leader Tim Blount. This article underscores the importance of knowing how specifying a carpet with an established branded nylon such as Zeftron can maximize your investment. See the abbreviated article below and let us know what you think:
One way designers and facility managers can protect and maximize their flooring investment is by specifying a carpet made with an established branded nylon. Consider this: The floor of any space is typically the most abundant surface. The floor covering choice you make will set the foundation for the entire design, including the environment’s furnishings, wall color, light fixtures, and other elements.
Flooring surfaces must also be highly functional. Carpet in a classroom must be able to withstand heavy foot traffic, soiling, staining, and crushing. Carpet in an office environment, such as a hallway or a conference room, must look stylish while also offering high performance. You need a nylon with a proven track record to ensure great durability.
Many nylons today have only recently been introduced to the marketplace and long-term performance attributes are still unproven. These nylons don’t have a track record of proven performance over an extended period of time in multiple end-use areas.Many of these nylon brands are “internal” to the carpet manufacturer. Carpet manufacturers began making their own commercial-grade nylon several years ago as a way to “upsell” their own carpet products. Unfortunately, these “internal” brands must balance satisfying both internal and external needs. Internal brands may not always have as stringent of quality specifications for color continuity, colorfastness, and color clarity.
An established third-party branded nylon brings several advantages to a commercial carpet product:
1. Proven Performance – The old adage of “you get what you pay for” is true when it comes to nylon. Established nylon brands have been making commercial grade nylon for years. Over time, they have honed manufacturing and engineering processes to develop a product that has been rigorously tested (internally and externally) and is certified to meet critical commercial end-use applications. Carpet made with unproven nylon brands may not have the qualified assurance that it will perform as well as expected.
2. Warranties – Most brands offer a variety of warranties for how the product should perform such as: independent lifetime warranties for carpet wear, static control, stain removal, and color stability. Designers and facility managers should fully understand what is covered, by whom, for how long, and with what limitations. Warranties from an established, third-party nylon brand can provide additional coverage totally independent from those offered by a carpet manufacturer.
3. Services & Support – Specifying a product is a process, not just a one-time event. This process begins with education and understanding: What does the space require? What would be the best flooring product? What is the budget available? When a carpet is selected and installed, it doesn’t end there. Nor does it end when a carpet eventually meets the end of its useful life. Established nylon brands can offer a multitude of resources to help designers and facility managers every step of the way. Some brands may have regional representatives that can come onsite to provide specification assistance or maintenance tips. Others may offer educational literature about their sustainability attributes or recycling methods.
Not all commercial carpets are the same. However, those made with an established, third-party branded nylon typically offer a high quality product, warranties, and value-added services. These valuable benefits can help designers and facility managers protect and generate a greater return on their flooring investment. Designers have a lot of things to worry about, but the carpet they specify should not be one.