Flooring from A-Z

In an editorial interview Paulla Shetterly, ASID LEED AP, associate principal with CDH Partners discusses carpeting selections that resist stains and fading for heavy traffic areas.

As published in Worship Facilities, Mar/Apr 2010

It’s no secret that the design of the worship facility has become ardently creative, leaving behind cookie cutter sanctuaries surrounded by standard fellowship and classroom space. Today, emphasis is placed on creating space that communicates who the church is, and although it’s frequently unnoticed, flooring plays an integral part in accomplishing that. But gone are the days when designers and church leaders could simply decide on carpet, wood or tile and move on. The modern flooring market offers a plethora of products, manufacturing processes and installation methods to accommodate trends that revolve around churches’ environmental principles and address the variety of spaces churches now have, including large youth areas and specialized third places like cafes and fitness centers. And of course, underneath it all, churches are still looking for the perfect floor that is long lasting and easily maintained.

Worship Facilities Magazine took a look at these trends and asked professionals of all types what the church of 2010 should look for and expect in flooring.

Can carpet be green?

Many concerns arise when dealing with carpet in the church: maintenance needs, how it holds up against heavy traffic, and nowadays, its impact on the environment.

“There are still ornate spaces with plush carpet, but those are no longer the norm,” says Dean Johnson, executive director of the National Association of Church Facilities Managers (NACFM) and business administrator at First Baptist Church in Lubbock, Texas.

According to Paulla Shetterly, ASID LEED AP, associate principal with CDH Partners in Marietta, Ga., churches are becoming inherently multi-use and many spaces now incorporate some type of food service. That said, she recommends a 100% solution-dyed nylon carpeting product for a stronger color that will resist stains and fading. Please continue reading . . .

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