Carpet/Hard-Surface Hybrid – Finally, a new type of flooring!

ID Collaborative blog post

For so many commercial spaces the difficult debate inevitably comes up between wanting the comfort and sound absorbing qualities of carpet and needing the easy care and low maintenance properties of hard surface flooring. Luckily, there is a new product brought to the table that beautifully combines the best qualities of both into a hybrid flooring with the look and feel of carpet, but durability of hard surface flooring.

For our recent project, ABC of NC in Winston Salem, a school and clinic for kids of all ages with autism, we needed a highly durable floor that would be soft under foot to those teachers standing on it all day and more forgiving to students with all of the hardships that kids tend to put flooring through! In came Kinetex with J&J Flooring Group! We were able to install a mock up classroom in the existing school for the students and teachers to put to the test, with everything you can think of – from food and drink spills, to explosive tantrums, and even bodily fluids that no one wants to ever have to deal with… This product not only cleaned up beautifully every time, but still looked brand new after each cleaning! This product was vital to our full building design, and after using it in the test classroom, our client made sure that we added in as much as we could throughout the new 26,000 sq. foot clinic! With several different patterns and color options, we were able to create many different coordinating looks to meet our client’s desired aesthetic while providing the functionality that the space truly needed.

Here is more info directly from J&J Flooring Group which describes the Kinetex flooring qualities in more detail:

Kinetex® is an advanced textile composite flooring that combines key attributes of soft-surface floor covering with the long-wearing performance characteristics of hard-surface flooring. Created as a unique floor covering alternative to hard-surface products, J+J Flooring Group’s Kinetex encompasses an unprecedented range of performance attributes for retail, healthcare, education and institutional environments. In addition to its human-centered qualities and highly functional design, Kinetex offers a reduced environmental footprint compared to traditional hard-surface options. The key to the high-performance attributes of Kinetex lies within its construction. Each layer, when used together, creates versatile, lightweight, soft-surface flooring designed with qualities parallel to that of hard-surface.

We are very excited to partner up with J&J and their Kinetex flooring on this project and are so happy to provide a quality flooring that will stand up to our client’s demanding needs for durability and performance. With new designs coming out all the time, I’m sure we’ll be using much more of this product in the future!