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Effectiveflooringmaterials

Theperfectflooringwouldhavethesecharacteristics:
Pleasingvisualimpact.
Durable.
Easilycleaned.
Resilient.
Slipresistant.
Nonabsorbanttoliquidsandodors.
Resistanttomicrobialgrowth.
Nosingleflooringmaterialisappropriateforuseinallareasofananimalhospital,andnoflooringmaterial
isatopperformerinallofthesecategories,sochoosingthe"best"floorisamatterofbalancingthe
requirementsofspecificareaswiththecostandperformanceofavailableflooringmaterials.
1.Floortile
Goodmaterialforfrontofclinic.
Durableand"dressy."
Canalsobeusedinworkingportionsofclinic,butistiringtostandonallday.
Preferredfloormaterialbecauseitrequiresminimumupkeep,suchasdampmopping.
4''x8'',8''x8'',and12''x12''.Glazedandunglazedtile,brickplate,andpavertile.Checkforslip
resistance.
Therearethreemaingroupingsoffloortile:porcelaintile,glazedtile,andquarrytile.
a.Porcelaintileismadeoffineporcelainclay,muchlikedinnerplates.Itisnotaglazedproduct,but
insteaddependsonthedensityoftheclaytoformanimpermeableproduct.Byvaryingthemixandcolor
oftheclay,arangeofattractivecolorscanbeprovided,butbrightorprimarycolorsarenotavailable.
Porcelaintileisalsoavailableinarangeoftexturestoprovideslipresistance.
Suppliers:Marazzi,Crossville,GranitiFiandre.
b.Glazedfloortileisusuallyalessexpensiveproductthanporcelaintile.Theclayinglazedtileisofa
lesserqualitythantheporcelain,buttheglazingprovidesanimpermeablesurface.Glazedtilecomesina
fullrangeofcolorsandtextures,someofwhichareslipresistant.Therearealsoglazedtilesthatmimicthe
textureandcolorofporcelaintile.
Suppliers:DalTile,AmericanOlean,Buchtail,GranitiFiandre,FloridaTile.
c.Quarrytileistypicallyanunglazedtileproductmadeofthesameclayastheglazedfloortile.Like
porcelaintile,thecolorandtexturecomefromtheactualclayitself,nottheglazing.Therefore,therangeof
colorsisrelativelylimited.Quarrytilesaretypicallymorepermeablethaneitherporcelainorglazedtile.
Quarrytileisoftenseeninfastfoodrestaurantsandcommercialkitchens.
Supplier:AmericanOlean.
2.Ceramictile
Typicallyusedinbathsandruns.

Unglazed1''x1''mosaic.Checktileforslipresistanceanddurability.
Suppliers:DalTile,AmericanOlean,Buchtail,GranitiFiandre,FloridaTile.
Notes:
Wheninstallinganytypeoftile,itisveryimportantthatthesubfloordoesnotflex.Beverycarefulapplying
quarrytileoverwoodframefloors.
Useepoxystainresistantgrout,suchasLaticreteLatapoxySP100EpoxyGroutandLaticreteAdhesive
#4237.Epoxygroutcanbeverydifficulttoinstall,somakecertainthatthetileinstallerhasexperience
workingwithit.
SeethehandbookpublishedbytheTileCouncilofAmerica,Princeton,N.J.,forapplicationmethodover
differentsubstrates.
3.Vinylcompositiontile
Goodallaround,inexpensivematerialforthefrontandworkingportionsofclinic.
Frequentlyusedinhumanhealthcarefacilities.
9''x9''and12''x12''.Probablythemostinexpensiveanddurableflooringmaterial.Canbeproneto
breakageandcurlingatedgesoftile,butcanbereplacedeasily.Cannotflashcovebase.Jointsarenot
chemicallybondedorheatwelded.Frequentwaxingisrequiredtokeepthejointssealed.Thenew
generationoftilesareasbestosfree.Availableindesignercolorsatcostpremiums.
Suppliers:Armstrong,Azrock,Tarkett.
Notes:
Rubbertileisalsoavailable,butdoesnotwearorkeepasnicely.Itisalsomoreexpensive.
4.Sheetvinyl
Verygoodmaterialtouseintheworkingportionsoftheclinic.
Verydurableandclean,butuntilrecently,notusuallyveryvisuallyappealing.
Prefercommercialgrade.080''thickhomogeneousPVCsheetvinylflooring.Hasnospecificwearlayer,
buthaspatternandmaterialconsistentthroughtheproduct.Alsoavailableinstainresistantgradesand
withnonmetallic,slipresistantgrit.Seamstypicallyevery6feet.
Inthepastfewyears,therehasbeenachangeinthetypeofadhesivesusedtogluethisproduct.
Unfortunately,thenewadhesivesaremuchmoresensitivetothepresenceofwatercomingupthroughthe
slab.Becauseofthis,itisimperativethatyoudoamoisturetestonyourslabbeforeapplyingthesheet
goods.Youwillalsofindthatfeltbackedproducts,likePossibilitiesbyArmstrong,arelesssensitiveto
moistureintheslabthanproductswithoutthefeltbacking,suchasMedintechortheForboproducts.
Costvariesfromreasonable($2.50/squarefoot)toastronomical($6/squarefoot).
Suppliers:ArmstrongPossibilities(nonhomogenousPVC,butcanbeheatwelded),Corlon(vinylchipsin
clearvinylwithbacking),andCrosswalk(laminatedsheetvinylwithraised,textureddisks).
TarkettAcoustiflor(homogenousPVCwithfoambacking),Multiflor(homogenousPVC),PrimoTek
(homogenousPVCreinforcedwithpolyurethane),Futur2002(homogenousPVCreinforcedwith
polyurethane),andSafety(homogenousPVCwithgritimpregnatedsurface).
ForboSmaagard(homogenousPVC)andKrommerieMarmoleum(linoleum).
AltroSafetyFlooring.
Notes:
Seamscanbechemicallyorheatbonded,butthechemicalseamshaveatendencyto"creep"apart.

Somematerialscannotbeinstalledoverparticleboardwithoutnullifyingthewarranty.
Callfor"flashedcovebase"inordertocovematerialupwallinaseamlessbase.
5.Carpet
Canbeaverygoodmaterialforfrontofclinic.
Needsregularprofessionalcleaning.Oftenusedintheofficeandbehindthereceptiondesk.
Nylonornewgenerationsoilresistant,nylonlikeAntronIII,Zefstron,Ultron,orDuotronisprobablybest
choiceforcombinedwearandsoilresistance.Ifpossible,chooseacontinuousfilamentandsynthetic
backing.OlefinandPolyesterarealsogoodchoicesforsoilresistance.Tuftedand/ortexturedloop
preferredovercutpile.1/8''gauge,min.8.5stitchesperinch,22oz.persquareyardminimumpileweight.
"HeavyorExtraHeavy"trafficrating.Manymanufacturers'"Hospitality"lineofcarpetswillofferbetterstain
andwearresistanceforthemoney.Otherwise,thecarpetsshouldbe"commercial"quality,not
"residential."
Supplier:Seelocaldistributors.
Notes:
Carpetshouldbeglueddownwithoutapad.
2footsquarecarpettilesarealsoaviablealternative.Stainedsectionscanbereplacedeasily,but
replacedtileshaveadifferentwearappearance.
6.Liquidappliedepoxy
Canbeusedinprocedureandrunareas.
Easilycleanednosealersorwaxneeded.
Twoorthreesteptrowelappliedepoxyresinflooringisseamlessandcanbeformedupthewallasa
baseorwainscot.Obtaininganevenslipresistantfinishthatiseasytokeepcleancanbedifficult.Itis
worthnotingthattheoffgassingoftheepoxyduringthecuring/dryingprocesscanbepotentially
dangerousifyouoryourpatientsareexposedtoitforanylengthoftime.
Suppliers:DexOTex,Cheminert,Neotex,Omnitech.
Notes:
Surfacepreparationiscritical!Thefloorshouldbebeadblasted.
Verygoodmaterialifsuccessfullyapplied,butimproperinstallationandunderslabwaterpenetrationcan
causeseriousadhesionandblisteringproblems.
Qualitycontrol(color,nonslipgrit,andthickness)canbedifficult.
7.MMAflooring(liquidappliedacrylicresinflooring)
Canbeusedinprocedureandrunareas.
Easilycleanednosealersorwaxneeded.
Curesquicklysolventfree.
Chemicallybondstoconcrete.Moreexpensivethanliquidappliedepoxyflooring,butbecauseitisacrylic
based,ithasnonoxiousoffgassingproblems.Also,unliketheepoxyflooring,theacrylicformsa
monolythic,chemicalbondbetweenlayers.Freshresindissolvesthesurfaceofthecuredmaterialand
cureswiththefreshmaterial.Evenafteryears,neworadditionalcoatingscanbeinstalled,withintegrated
surfacesaddedinthefuture.Thegritorslipresistanceisobtainedthroughtheuseofacryliccolorchips
versusthesandthatisusedintheepoxyflooring.

Likethesheetvinylproducts,epoxyandacrylicresinfloorsareverysensitivetomoistureintheconcrete
floortowhichitisbonded.Forthisreason,itisimperativethatamoisturetestisdonebeforeusingthis
material.
Supplier:SilikalNorthAmerica.
8.Stainedandsealedconcrete
Canbeusedinthewaitingareaandthroughoutthefacility.
Canbearelativelylowcostalternativetoatiledfloor.
Cancreatean"anticaroma"typeofmottledoragedlookingflooroftenseenincommercialandretail
establishments.
Requiresresealingeveryfewyears,dependingontraffic.
Inthisprocess,oncetheconcretehasset,itisstainedwithapenetratingchemicalstain.Itisthensealed
withaglossysealerthatiscompatiblewiththestain.Thisglossysealeristhewearlayerandneedstobe
reappliedperiodically.Adryshakehardenercanalsobeusedtohardentheconcretebeforesealing,but
thisincreasesthecostdramatically.
Becausethisisonlyastainandsealer,anyimperfections,discolorations,orcracksintheslabwillread
throughtothefinishedfloor.
Supplier:BowmaniteCorporation,Madera,Calif.PateneArtectura.
9.Concretesealers,colors,andhardeners
Foruseintherun,ward,andutilityareas.
Averygoodalternativetopaintingtheconcretebecausethesematerialsactuallybondwiththesubstrate.
Penetratingsealersallowwatervaportoescape.Thisistheonlyfoolproofsolutionifmoistureor
hydrostaticpressureispresentundertheslab.Moisturetrappedundermostfloorcoatingswillcause
blisteringandpeeling.
Alloftheseconcretesealersandhardenersareonlyasgoodastheslab.Iftheslabcracks,whichitis
pronetodo,thesurfacebecomespermeable.Wherepossible,setastructuralslabandfinishwithanon
structuraltoppingslab,settoacleavagemembrane.
a.Sealers
Liquidapplied(sprayedon)clearsealer.
Theleastinexpensivefloorsealer.
Easilyappliedneedstobereappliedeveryfewyears.
Suppliers:SonnebornKureNSeal.
MasterBuildersMasterseal.
TheBurkeCompanySpartanCote,CureSealHardener.
Notes:
SonnebornhasaGrayKureNSealthatwillhideblemishesandincreasethereflectivityofthefloor,
makingforabrighterroom.Thismaterialshouldbeusedonlyonnaturallycoloredconcretefloors.
Shouldbereappliedattheendofthejobbeforeturningtheprojectovertotheowner.
b.Chemicalhardeners
Acolorless,aqueoushardeningsolutioncontainingmagnesiumandzincfluosilicate.Usedtomakethe
concreteslablesspronetochippingandspaldingandtomakeamoreimpervioussurface.Inmostcases,
shouldbeusedinconjunctionwithasealer.

Suppliers:SonnebornLapidolith.
TheBurkeCompanyBurkeOLith.
c.Coloredconcrete
Usedtointegrallycolorconcrete,usingalkaliresistantandfaderesistantpigments.
Supplier:DavisColorsTrueToneCementColors.
10.Paint
Becausewehaveoftenseenpaintedconcretefloorsfailinexistingfacilities,wewouldstronglyrecommend
againstusinganykindofpaintonfloors,evenchlorinatedrubber,alkydenamel,orepoxy.
11.Terrazzo
Usableinallportionsofclinic.
Canbebothhighlydurableandveryvisuallyappealing.
Canbeveryexpensive.
Canbetiresometostandonallday.
Isslipperywhenwet.
Becauseofthecost,itisunusualtofindterrazzofloorfinishesbeingusedincontemporaryclinics.
Aterrazzofinishismadeupofmarblechipsinacementitouscarrier,groundtoasmoothandflushfinish.
Becauseanymovementorcracksinthesubstratewillhaveatendencytotelegraphthroughtheterrazzo,
eliminatingmovementinthesubstrateiscritical.Locationofdividerstripsisalsocritical.
Interiorwallfinishes
1.Paint
a.Flatlatex
Usableinoffice,reception,andwaitingareaswherecleaningthewallisnotcriticalandaflat,warmerwall
finishisdesired.
Useprimerandonecoat.
b.Washablelatexsemiglossenamel
Usablethroughoutfrontandworkingportionsofclinic.Shouldnotbeusedinwardandrunareas.
Washable,butnotscrubable.Shouldnotbehoseddown.
Semiglossorglosspaintswillshowmoreimperfectionsinthewallthanflatpaintwill.
c.Alkyd(oilbase)enamel
Usewherehigherdurabilitythanlatexenamelisrequired.
Canbeusedinwardandrunareas.
Canbeusedforpaintingmetalwithcarefulpriminganddegreasingbeforehand.
Useflatlatexbaseprimercoatandtwocoatsodorlessinteriorsemiglossalkydenamel.
Alkydenamelpainthasbeentheworkhorseoftheindustryformanyyears,especiallyforpaintingmetal
surfaces.However,wehavefoundthatthenewgenerationofaliphaticacryliccoatingsarereadily
available,moredurable,andcostthesameorlessthanthebettergradesofalkydenamel.Forthese
reasons,wehaveswitchedtothealiphaticacryliccoatingsonallofourrecentprojects.

d.Aliphaticacrylicandahighperformanceurethanecoating
Canbeusedonanyexposedmetalwheresubjectedtoharshconditions.
Availableina"directtometal"anda"directtorust"formulation.The"directtorust"isthemorehigh
performancematerial.
Supplier:PittsburghPaints.
e.Epoxyresinflooringonwalls
Epoxyresinflooringcanalsobeusedonwallsurfacesifitisappliedoverastrongandstablesubmaterial
likeconcreteblockorplywood.Liketheflooring,itisverydurableandimpervioustoliquids.Whenitisused
onawallandinconjunctionwithanadjacentfloor,theepoxyresinflooringhastheaddedbenefitof
creatingaseamlessjointwherethewallandfloormeet.
Suppliers:DexOTex,Cheminert,Neotex,Omnitech.
f.Epoxypaint
Canbeusedinwardandrunareas.
Verydurable.
Thereareamultitudeofoneortwopartandsolventorwaterbasedepoxypaintsonthemarket.For
mostofourpurposes,wehavefoundtheacrylicepoxywaterbasedpainttobeveryworkable.Whilethis
productisalsoavailableasapolyesterepoxysolventbasedpaint,wehavefoundthewaterbasedproduct
performsaswellasthesolventbased.Weregularlyuseitoverconcreteblockinwardareasandruns.
Supplier:PittsburghPaintsPittGlaze16Line.
g.Epoxycoatings
Thenextstepaboveepoxypaintisahighbuildsemiglosspolyamideepoxycoating,oftencalled"tileclad"
or"highbuild"forshort.Thisproductisvirtuallyindestructible.Itisoftenusedinfoodprocessingplants,
laboratories,hospitals,andotherplaceswhereadurable,highlystainandchemicalresistantcoatingis
required.Thisproductisthebestpaintorcoatingthatcanbeusedintherunareas.
Supplier:PittsburghPaintsAquapon2.8VOC9731or9739.
2.Concreteblockfiller
Anytimeyoupaintconcretemasonryunits,besuretofillsurfaceofblockfirst.
3.Glazedconcreteblockandstructuralglazedtile
Verydurable,maintenancefreematerial.
Goodmaterialforwardandrunareas.
Whileoftenlumpedtogetherandreferredtogenericallyas"glazedblock,"thereareactuallytwoglazed
blocktypeproductsthatwehaveusedinbuildingruns.Thefirstisaconcretemasonryunitwithabaked
onacryliccoatingandisusuallyreferredtoas"glazedblock."Theotherisakilnfiredceramicfinishona
structuralclaytileandisusuallyreferredtoas"structuralglazedtile."Whilethesetwoproductsarevirtually
indistinguishabletotheuntrainedeye,andforallpracticalpurposesperformequallywellinmostsituations,
thestructuralglazedtileunitisslightlymoredurablebecauseofthekilnfiring.Italsohasmoretrimpieces
andshapesavailableforformingterminationsandwallcaps,butisusuallymoreexpensive.
Bothproductscanbesetintypicalmasonrymortar,butthefinishedjointsshouldbedressedwithepoxy
grouttoformatrulyimpervioustotalwallsystem.
Suppliers:GlazedBlock:SpectraGroupSpectraGlazeIITrenwythAstraGlazeSW.StructuralGlazed
Tile:ElginButlerBrickCompany.
4.Glassblock

Wehaveusedglassblockonseveralprojectstobuildwallsintheruns.Becausetheblocksareactuallya
heavyglass,theyaredurable,impervioustostaining,anddon'tneedtobepainted!Likeglazedblockor
glazedstructuraltile,theyneedtobegroutedwithepoxygrouttoformjointsasimpervioustostainingas
theglassblockunitsthemselves.Theonlytwodrawbackstoglassblockarethelackofglassblocktrim
piecestocaptheendsortopsofthewallsandthedifficultyofmountingfencingorgatestotheglassblock
walls.Forthatreason,wehavemixedconcretemasonryunitsorglazedblockwiththeglassblockfor
transitionandterminationofthewalls.
Supplier:PittsburghCorningGlassBlock.
5.Ceramictile
Predominatelyusedforbacksplashesatcounters,wainscoting,andshowerenclosuresinbaths.
Canalsobeusedinwardsandruns.
4''x4''and4''x8''glazedwalltile.Tileshouldalwaysbeappliedoverwaterresistantgypsumboardor
"TileBackerBoard"indampareas.Coordinatesettingandgroutingmethodwithsubstrate.Seethe
handbookpublishedbytheTileCouncilofAmerica,Princeton,N.J.
Suppliers:DalTile,AmericanOlean,Buchtail,GranitiFiandre,FloridaTile.
6.Vinylwallcovering
Useinfrontandworkingportionsofclinic.
Useinsteadpaintingorwainscotinginmediumtrafficareas.
Minimumweight"MediumDuty,"TypeII,13oz.persquareyard.Vinylcoatingnotlessthan7oz.per
squareyard.Backingshouldbetreatedwithmildewandgermicidaladditives.Inareasthataresubjectto
staining,use"StainResistantTypeII"with"delusteredclearpolyvinylfluoridefilm."
Suppliers:GeneralTireandRubberGenonStardustTypeII.
B.F.GoodrichKoroseal.
7.Protectivevinylwallcovering
Incontrasttogenericvinylwallcovering,protectivevinylwallcoveringisaheavydutysemirigidvinylwall
coveringthatisavailableinthicknessrangingfrom.028''to.250''.Commonlyreferredtoas"Kydex,"this
materialisresistanttohandcartsandevenforkliftswhentheheaviestmaterialisspecified.Weoftenuse
Kydexasawainscot,andinthethicknessesrangingfrom.060''to.080'',ithasproventoberesistantto
dogscratchingandgurneysorotherportableequipmentthatisbeingmoved.Kydexisusuallyapplied
directlyoverdrywall,butinthemoreheavydutyapplicationsitcanbeappliedoverplywoodorparticle
board.Becauseitisflexible,itcanalsobeformedaroundcurves,andbecauseitistextured,itdoesnot
showscratches.Asanaddedbenefit,Kydex,unlikeglassboard,isavailableinawiderangeofcolors,trim
pieces,cornerguards,andrailsthatarecompatiblewithmostcontemporaryinteriorcolorschemes.
Supplier:KleerdexCompanyKydex.
8.Plasticlaminatewallcovering
ThecountertopmaterialgenericallyreferredtoasFormicaiscalledplasticlaminateintheconstruction
industry.Weoftenuseitoveraplywoodsubstratetoformadurableandvisuallypleasingwainscotina
room.Plasticlaminateisavailablefrommyriadmanufacturersinaseeminglylimitlessrangeofcolors,
textures,andpatterns.Itisalsoavailableinabrasionresistantgrades.Wehavefoundthatthebestwayto
maskscratchingistouseaplasticlaminatethatisamediumshadeorpatterned,ratherthanaverydark
orverylightcolor.Plasticlaminateshouldbemountedtoplywood,notdrywall,becauseitcandelaminate
fromdrywallovertime.
Suppliers:Formica,Nevamar,Wilsonart.

9.Solidsurfacematerial
WhilethesolidsurfacematerialthatmostpeoplearefamiliarwithistheoriginalCorian,byDupont,there
arenowarangeofsolidsurfacematerialsthatlooklikemarbleandgranite.Wehaveusedasolidsurface
materialatthereceptioncountertocreateadressier,moreupscalefinishandhavealsousedittocreate
nice,stonelikebenchesinwaitingareas.Becauseitisthesamematerialthroughoutitsthickness,any
scratchesthatmayoccurcanbebuffedout.
Suppliers:WilsonartInternationalAvonite.DupontCorian.NevamarFountainhead.
10.Glassboard
Virtuallyindestructiblefiberglassreinforcedplasticpanelthatcanbeusedforwainscoting.
Usedextensivelyincommercialkitchensandfoodprocessingplants.
Availablein4'x8'panels,marresistantembossedsurface.Limitednumberofpastelcolorsavailable.
Suppliers:DyrotechIndustries,Joliet,Ill.GlassbordbyCrane.
Kemlite,Joliet,Ill.Glasbord.
11.Cornerguards
nWithexperience,wehavelearnedthedesirabilityofcornerguardsonwallstoguardagainstcartsand
dogleashes.
Availableinmyriadandcolors,includingclearlexan.Surfacemountedvinyl/acrylicextrusions,2''wide.
Suppliers:ConstructionSpecialties,Inc.Acrovyn.
TepromarkInternational,Woodmere,N.Y.Tepromark.
Ceilingfinishes
1.Painteddrywall
Canbeusedthroughoutclinic.
Doesnotallowflexibilityorimmediateaccesstospaceaboveceiling.
Lackofacousticalabsorptioncanbeaproblem.
Morevisuallyattractivethansuspendedacoustictile.
SeeInteriorWallFinishes,Paint.
2.Suspendedacoustictile
Inthepublicareas,useadesignerseriesoftiles,either2'x2'"regressedorshadowline"orapatterned,
molded,orhighprofiletile.
Intheworkingareasoftheclinic,useahighprofiletilethathashighersoundabsorbingabilities.(Noise
reductioncoefficientof.75to.80ispossible.)
Economicaltileceilingsthatcanbeusedinhighmoistureareas,suchasrunsandgroomingincludeWhite
VinylFaced"MylarFace(Perforated)USGypsumCeilingPanels."Otheroptionsinclude"foilwrapped"or
"ceramicbonded"tiles.
Forthemostpart,waterfeltedpanelsaremoredurableandsagresistantthanfiberglasspanels.Inhigh
humidityareas,thesizeofthetileshouldbeminimizedtoresistsagging.
Tileswithsealededgesandspecialbackcoatingsarealsoavailableforcleanroomceilings,suchas
surgeryareas.
Suppliers:USGypsumCompany,OwensCorning,Celotex,Armstrong.
Soundabsorbingmaterials
1.Sprayonacousticsoundabsorbingmaterial

Sprayonacousticsoundabsorbingmaterialisavailableintwotypes:celluloseandcementitious.The
cellulosematerialoffersanoisereductioncoefficientof1.0,butunfortunatelyisnotverydurable.Except
forrareoccasions,wewouldnotrecommenditsuseinareaswherepeoplecanjumpupandtouchitor
whereitmightaccidentallygethosed.Itisalsoveryporous,soitwillabsorbairbornemoisture,organisms,
ordirt.Incontrast,thecementitioussprayonmaterialoffersanNRCofonly.55to.65,butitwillstandup
toabuse,includinghosing.Ineithercase,sprayonmaterialcanbeappliedoveralmostanykindofceiling
surfacetoatleastpartiallyoffsetnoiseproblems.
Supplier:PyrokInc.PyrokAcoustement40.
2.Soundabsorbingwallpanels
Clothorvinylwrappedsoundabsorbingunits(noisereductioncoefficientof.85).
Availableinanumberofcolorsandmaterials.
Canbeusedinanyarearequiringadditionalsoundabsorbingabilities.Shouldnotbeinstalledbelow4'0''
inwardandrunareas.
Suppliers:ArmstrongSoundsoak.
AcoustiflexCorporation,Plainfield,Ill.Softscape,Capaul.
USGypsumCompanyAcoustoneSpaceUnits,SilentAuratonePanels.
3.Freehangingsoundbaffles
Wehaveusedfreehanging,nylonfacedorvinyfacedsoundbafflestomitigatesoundinboththepublic
andrunareasofafacility.Whilethevinylfacedbafflesareavailableonlyinwhite,thenylonfacedare
availableinarangeofcolors.These1''thick,2'x4'bafflescanbehungfromtheceilingoraroundthe
wallsinavarietyofconfigurationstoprovidesoundcontrolandvisualinterest.

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