INSTALL Warranty On Labor

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At Consolidated Carpet, we are proud that all of our installers are INSTALL certified. INSTALL, the International Training and Standards Alliance, is a cooperative effort established by the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and union floor covering contractors, with the support of most major mills and flooring manufacturers. This certification assures our clients that the workforce on their jobsite has met the most stringent qualifications required in the industry.

As of 2013, INSTALL guarantees the work of its Certified Contractors. The two-year warranty is extended and free – covering commercial and residential installations of carpet, resilient and hardwood. Industries served include healthcare, education, hospitality, retail,residential, and many more. INSTALL’s Warranty is the first of its kind in the floorcovering industry. It is a third-party additional guarantee provided by the INSTALL Committee where only the best capitalized, most professional contractors in North America achieve the status of being an INSTALL Warranty Contractor – and therefore qualify to carry the Warranty on Labor.

Wondering what other benefits exist when using INSTALL Certified laborers? Check out this brief video to see why there is a difference!


Arena Site Feature: Madison Square Garden

As one of the largest & most well-known commercial floor covering contractor in the New York Metropolitan area, we have been very fortunate to successfully work on some of the most iconic sports arenas and venues in the world. Here’s a peek inside one of our most famous projects that plays host to some of the best events & sports teams today: Madison Square Garden.

As part of a three-year renovation of Madison Square Garden (MSG), everything from the locker rooms and back of house spaces to the suites and public areas were updated. The redesign of MSG was one that’s as fun and exciting as the events that take place at the iconic arena. The cultural importance and history of MSG are branded throughout the space, enhancing the visitor experience the moment they step into the arena.

Location: New York City

Completed: In phases over five years, 2009 – 2013

Scope: 143,612 square feet total – 11,000 sq. ft. of resilient & rubber flooring // 11,000 sq. ft. of wood flooring // 121,612 sq. ft. carpet // 14,928 linear ft. carpet base // 17,973 linear feet wall base

Architect: Brisbin Brook Beynon Architects

Major Products Used:

  • Suite Levels: Milliken “Plank” broadloom carpet in color “Lubber” in Madison Level Suites // Milliken Custom multi-colored carpet tile in Standard Level Suites // Kahrs Hardwood “Castle & Cottage Collection” hardwood in “Custom Black Oak Studio” in Estate Suites// Tandus “Rya” broadloom carpet in color “Terra” in Suite Level Corridors
  • Locker Rooms: Masland “Keystone” broadloom carpet in color “Admiral” // Custom-cut & designed Logo Rugs // Mondo USA “Weight & Skate Rubber Flooring Sport Impact” in color “Dark Blue” & “Black”
  • Party Decks & Bridges: Milliken Custom multi-colored carpet tile

Flooring & Design Trends for 2014

Even though it’s been cold here in the Northeast, there are a lot of flooring and design trends heating up in the new year. We’re excited to share some of our favorite trends for the coming year and look forward to seeing how our favorite designers and companies implement these trends in the coming months!

Reclaimed Wood Floors

Back in September, we discussed some of our favorite wood installs, including reclaimed wood. This eco-friendly product is extremely versatile and can be used in homes, offices, and restaurant applications. Here at Consolidated, we have formed a partnership with local urban forestry pioneer company Citilog, who upcycles and repurposes urban trees into wood flooring, cabinetry, and millwork. The product, much like other reclaimed and restored wood that is installed as flooring, is a beautiful and rustic – providing charm and warmth to any space.

Viridian Engineered Flooring - reclaimed & recycled wood products

Viridian Engineered Flooring – reclaimed & recycled wood products

Industrial Design

Industrial finishes have been booming in popularity over the past several months. From dark wood and exposed brick to metal detailing and lighting, many corporate workplaces have adopted this aesthetic in their offices. The sparse and simplistic design is often contrasted with pops of color in accessories, as seen in the photo below. Our favorite aspect of the industrial trend is the move to using more concrete flooring in the spaces. With finished or stained concrete floors, spaces can be uniquely transformed.

Interior Architects for J. Walter Thompson in Atlanta, Georgia; photo by Eric Laignel via Interior Design Magazine

Interior Architects for J. Walter Thompson in Atlanta, Georgia; photo by Eric Laignel via Interior Design Magazine


As carpet and resilient products evolve, the shapes and installation methods introduced in the market have created some of our favorite trends. Plank shapes are one of the trends that we are looking forward to seeing more of in 2014. Carpet manufacturers like Interface have plank styles that can be installed in traditional brick and ashlar methods, as well as herringbone patterns. Mohawk Group encourages the installation of their patterned tiles to form plank patterns. The style options are endless with these designs!

Interface Net Effect Plank Products

Interface Net Effect Plank Products

Vibrant Colors

In markets like ours in New York City, neutrals have been king for years. More frequently than ever, we are seeing pops of color in the workplace – enhancing way finding throughout the space, creating focal points, and distinguishing collaborative areas from other spaces. In many cases, colors that are found in the organization’s logo are added to the design of the space to create heightened brand awareness in the office culture.

This organization's red found in their logo, can be seen in accessories around the office. Photo via Gensler

This organization’s red found in their logo, can be seen in accessories around the office. Photo via Gensler

What other trends are you enjoying in 2014? Tell us in the comments section!

“Define This”: A Guide To Commercial Flooring

As our interns’ time came to an end last week – we sat down with them to discuss some of the “terms” they frequently came across while working at Consolidated for the summer. With experience visiting local showrooms and networking with industry professionals, they came up with a list of the 15 most representative terms of what they learned about commercial flooring. Awesome work, Alyssa & Ameilia!

  1. Antimicrobial – Chemical treatment to resist or retard the growth of bacteria/microbes.
  2. Cut and Loop Pile – Carpet whose face shows a pattern, either geometrical or floral, made up of a combination of loop pile tufts and cut pile tufts. The carpet can be dyed solid or multicolored.
  3. Cut Pile – A pile surface created by cutting the loops of yarn in a tufted, woven or fusion bonded carpet.
  4. Delamination – A form of deterioration of tufted carpet in which the primary back and its tufted-through face yarns separate from the secondary backing.
  5. Dye Lot – A quantity of carpet dyed at one time or made from yarn dyed at one time which is consistent in color throughout the fabric.
  6. Greige Goods – Term designating carpet in an undyed or unfinished state.
  7. Loop Pile – A tufted or woven carpet pile surface where the face yarns remain continual loops, connected together beneath the backing of the carpet. Loop pile can be level, textured, or patterned.
  8. Pieced Dyed –  Tufted carpet is immersed into a dye bath, as opposed to yarn dye methods in which color is added to yarn before tufting.
  9. Printed Carpet – Carpet having colored patterns applied after the finishing process. Printing methods include flatbed screen printing employing woven fabric screens, rotary screen printing with perforated sheet steel screens, printing employing sponge rubber pattern elements on wooden rollers, and modern computer programmed jet injection printing.
  10. PVC (polyvinyl chloride) – Used mostly in carpet tile or 6’ wide goods due to its weight and stiffness. PVC gives a stiff, stable backing with little cushioning but excellent tuft bind and stability. Closed-cell vinyl adds cushion.
  11. Shading – Apparent color difference between areas of the same carpet caused by normal wear and the resulting random difference in pile lay direction. It is a characteristic of all cut pile carpet. It is not a manufacturing defect. The physical cause is the difference between cut end luster and side luster of fibers. The sides of fibers reflect more light and appear brighter and lighter in color than the ends which absorb more light and appear to be duller and darker in color.
  12. Shearing – Finishing process in carpet manufacturing to create a smooth carpet face by shaving off fuzz. The shearing process can also be used to create texture as in random shearing. Carpet shears have many steel blades mounted on rotating cylinders.
  13. Solution Dyed – Pigment is added to the molten chemical polymer (solution) from which the filaments are made. The fiber is extruded in colored form.
  14. Tufting – A method of carpet manufacture in which surface yarns are sewn or “punched” through a primary backing material. The needles of the tufting machine form loops which are hooked by loopers on the underside of the  backing material and which remain loops in level or textured loop carpet, or are cut with knives instead of loopers to create cur pile carpet. The tufted fabric is then coated with latex adhesive to adhere a secondary back to provide durability and stability.
  15. Weaving – The original method for manufacturing carpet. In the weaving process, backing yarns are woven into a durable fabric while simultaneously face yarns are looped over wires and interlocked in the woven back.

*definitions via DuPont