- Jun 28, 2011
- Northcote, Auckland
I think it would be a neat idea to have a show where parts of a project were done using two different business models.
I think it would show that we are knowledgeable experts in what we do and the flooring recommendations, subfloor prep and installation differences between the two processes would be eye opening. You can still let a designer choose color, but I don't find that most of them are qualified to understand the flooring requirements of a space let alone the effects of site condition and schedule. They are much like architects in that they are trying to deal with too many disciplines at once and have no mastery of any, only a basic working knowledge.
- The standard low bid sub through a GC business model vs.
- Pulling the flooring out of the bid package and working directly with the end-user to show that a better job can be done and still save the end user money because the GC isn't stepping on the number.
I'll probably get crucified if the architects & designers I work with ever found out I said that but meh....what are they going to do put me in flooring jail?
Yes some architects and designers say look how little your flooring is going to cost keeping the total cost of the building down not telling the owner there are other more suitable products which are more expensive initially but have less maintenance costs so over a few years it becomes a better deal for the owner. There was one commercial roll vinyl here years ago which needed 3 coats of sealer when first laid then continual maintenance after that to keep it clean. It was cheap
There is school here where I have done a lot of work over the years where the original blocks had 2mm commercial vinyl with very few problems
I have been replacing a lot of the wet areas which were laid by other flooring firms in some new blocks cause the architect demanded Marmo, natural product, even though the guy who organizes all the work there wanted commercial roll vinyl.
The Marmo rotted/stained due to water being splashed around getting under the rubbish bins, around the toilet pans etc The architect never paid for the replacement