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Amidst coronavirus concerns, the flooring industry continues forward
The coronavirus pandemic is changing business as we know it throughout the US and leaving many people with questions about the supply chain and the viability of various industries. While it has posed some challenges for the flooring industry, most products are still available, with some adjustments to timelines in light of social distancing.
While you might struggle to get some products sourced from areas still hard hit by the pandemic, such as Italy, we suggest being flexible. If lead-time is your highest priority, talk to your material vendors and consider comparable products that might be regions that suffered less of an impact and are available within the original timeframes and budgets.
What people need to know about commercial flooring during this pandemic:
- In most states, construction has been deemed an essential industry, which means it’s exempt from stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders from local government.
- About 75% of our most common flooring products are still readily available within similar timeframes you’re accustomed to.
- Many material vendors are still delivering flooring samples — anywhere from the same day to 1 or 2 days.
- Meetings and design consults are available virtually.
- Many material vendors can still create finish palettes and send photos to customers so they can see how various flooring choices will work together.
What to expect from the construction industry during coronavirus adjustments
As you plan out your construction project, you should allow your suppliers extra time during coronavirus reduction efforts. While many flooring manufacturers and construction vendors are still open, they might be working with reduced staffing to avoid person-to-person contact. This could mean slower turnaround times, especially as the US environment is constantly evolving during the crisis.
- Plan ahead and get your vendors on board as soon as possible.
- Set clear expectations, goals, and vision for the project with everyone involved (designers, contractors, and clients).
- Allow your design and material experts to make recommendations based on product availability.
- Be flexible in how you work with suppliers as their offices might be remote despite being considered “essential.”
What does the future hold?
The trajectory of the virus is somewhat of an unknown, but one thing history has shown is that times of crisis tend to foster innovation and creativity. From a flooring perspective, we’re impressed with the trends we’re already seeing in the wake of economic changes and adjustments in customer needs.
Our partner Atlas Masland recently released the Hangout Collection, a collection of affordable and quick-ship flooring options to meet the demands of the current marketplace. We expect to see continued innovation on this front with more new products and options that meet the current needs of our commercial flooring customers.
About Division 9
The Division 9 team of commercial flooring experts helps customers meet their project budget, timeline, and vision with outstanding, quality products. From classic carpet to rubber floors or area rugs, we’ll bring your vision to life with products you can trust.