Flooring and Carpeting/Elevator Flooring

Advertisement


Question
Good morning.  I live in a 200 unit condo building.  Our passenger elevator floors (two) need to have the flooring replaced and we would like to install wooden flooring vs laminates, tile, marble ,etc. because of appearance.  I have a reputable contractor.
Do you know of any issues with wooden floors in elevators?

Thank you

Answer
The main issue you will have is pivot points.  People enter an elevator and immediately pivot, to face the front of the door.  That is believe it or not, a big wear factor.  If you go with wood, make sure its commercially rated.  Something acrylic impregnated like Permagrain or Gammapar.  Read the warranty, as many manufacturers will exclude pivot areas as elevators, or the path directly in front of the elevator.  

Flooring and Carpeting

All Answers


Answers by Expert:


Ask Experts

Volunteer


Carol Blaha

Expertise

Flooring questions: Specification, Warranties, Inspections, Product Knowledge, Enviromental Issues

Experience

I have been in the field 25 years, first as a specifier, then retailer and currently manufacturer representative on contract with 8 manufacturers, independent inspector and conduct moisture testing. Founding board member of the CO Chapter, US Green Building Council

Organizations
WFCA (World Floor Covering Association), NTCA (National Tile Council America) SCRT (Society of Cleaning & Restoration Technician), ASTM F60, (Environment) and F06 (Resilient Floor)

Publications
Colorado Real Estate Journal, Smart Buildings

Education/Credentials
MBA, CTC (Certified Tile Consultant), RRT (Carpet Repair & Reinstallation), CCT (Carpet Cleaning Technician, ISSI (Substrate Inspection) and completed coursework for Independent Ceramic Tile Inspector, Hardwood/Laminate Inspector and Senior Carpet Inspector. Scheduled to complete Independent Resilient Inspector in April.

Awards and Honors
Multiple Awards for Salesperson of Year and President's Club

Past/Present Clients
Clients include Fortune Co's to mom and pop

©2016 About.com. All rights reserved.