School Planning & Management

JAN 2013

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P R O D U C T S T H AT W O R K FLEXCO {what's new & noteworthy} Rubber Flooring Is Popular Choice W HEN IT COMES TO performance and selection, rubber flooring is leading the way. Naturally resistant to mold and mildew, rubber flooring is designed for durability, versatility and slip resistance, plus it's very quiet and comfortable under foot. The many different designs and environmentally friendly nature makes rubber flooring a popular choice in today's educational facilities — from hallways to offices, floors for multipurpose gyms, cafeterias to classrooms — in colors and patterns to match any design or application. Compared to other products on the market, the life cycle cost of rubber flooring results in only paying for it twice in its lifetime, versus paying up to eight and 17 times the initial cost of the other floors. So, while it's common to look at the lower end products when budget becomes a problem, rubber flooring's years of durability make it worth the initial investment. Flooring will take more abuse than most any other interior material going into the building, and the longevity of the floors in most buildings is very important due to not being able to close down sections of the buildings to replace the floors. When looking at rubber flooring, the environmental impact is also very important. Rubber flooring contains no PVCs and will not emit vinyl chloride, plasticizers, asbestos or CFCs. Air quality is a major concern and may be affected by emissions from the flooring material itself or the adhesives used to install the flooring, as well as the coatings and maintenance materials required to maintain the flooring. The low-maintenance nature of rubber flooring helps specifiers minimize these environmental concerns. Recently, Flexco tile, tread and wall base 42 products have been recognized as conforming to the NSF/ANSI 332 Sustainability Assessment for Resilient Floor Coverings. Included in this list is a Silver accreditation for Tuflex Force Recycled Rubber Flooring Tile, which features a patented vulcanization process using predominantly recycled rubber. Tuflex Force tiles have been keeping sports and educational facilities in peak condition since 1957, with a resilient antifatigue surface that is an excellent choice for school athletic facilities. With the Distinct Designs Rubber Tile and Tread palette that Flexco offers, there are 77 possible colors in eight textures with the option to do custom coloring to match anything from paint and wallpaper to furniture colors, with minimal requirements for those custom color matches. No longer are designers limited to specific colors due to budget restraints when considering Flexco products. Flexco also offers custom waterjet cutting for school logos, which are quoted on a job-by-job basis and will ship with the balance of your flooring order. In addition to Tuflex, Prime Sports Flooring withstands the rigors of athletic weight and workout rooms, and FlexTuft for entryways helps remove debris from shoes before entering facilities. All Flexco products contribute to the SCHOOL PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / JANUARY 2013 USGBC LEED rating system in some way to help you attain your points for certification, and most all of the Flexco products also conform to the CHPS standards (Collaborative for High Performance Schools). Please visit our website for more information on our products that meet LEED requirements and click on the ecoScorecard link to print your LEED submittal documents. Flexco is based out of Tuscumbia, Ala., and has been in business for over 60 years. With Flexco, you can enjoy single-source simplicity. Whatever the challenge, Flexco is your one-stop shop for all of your educational flooring needs and solutions to make every installation a success. SPM WWW.PLANNING 4EDUCATION.COM

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