ERIC Number: ED023252
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
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A Summary--The Economics of Carpeting and Resilient Flooring. An Evaluation and Comparison.
Parks, George M.
Of use to those concerned with the economics of flooring selection and maintenance, this comparison may prove useful as an estimating guide in the preparation of cost estimates for any flooring area where economics is a factor in the choice of materials. All costs attributed to carpet or resilient flooring have been obtained either by survey or time and motion studies. The time and motion study observations of maintenance operations were made in cooperating commercial and institutional installations in the Philadelphia area, including offices, stores, hospitals, apartments, restaurants and schools. Nineteen installations were studied representing 151,200 sq. ft. of carpet and 366,700 sq. ft. of resilient flooring. It was found that frequency (or number of times each maintenance operation is performed) is a function of three basic variables (1) traffic, (2) desired appearance level, and (3) type of area. The Wharton research team offers two principal conclusions--(1) resilient flooring is more economical than carpet under all environmental conditions studied, although the dollar cost difference is highly dependent upon the conditions of the specific application, and (2) a rational economic decision between carpet and resilient flooring can be based almost entirely on the initial cost and service life differences of the two materials. (RK)
Descriptors: Carpeting, Consumer Economics, Economic Research, Equipment, Equipment Standards, Equipment Utilization, Flooring, Maintenance
University of Pennsylvania Press, 3933 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104.
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Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania Univ., Philadelphia. Wharton School of Finance and Commerce.