INSTALL and Tarkett Partner to Prevent Floorcovering Installation Failure through New Resilient Specification

December 5, 2016

INSTALL, the International Standards and Training Alliance, known for elevating industry excellence through training and certification, has partnered with Tarkett to prevent floorcovering installation failure by integrating INSTALL certification requirements into its resilient specification.

INSTALL is an association of professionals representing the entire flooring industry including installers, contractors, manufacturers, associations and consultants. The company has the resources, capability and commitment to strengthen floorcovering industry standards.

Tarkett, one of the first flooring manufacturers to join INSTALL as an Alliance Partner, is an active supporter of INSTALL apprenticeships and has been integral to INSTALL curriculum, train the trainer sessions, seminars and other industry events.

Quality Assurance Specification

Tarkett’s new specification language will take effect [immediately] and reads as follows:

“Contractors for floor covering installation should be experienced in managing commercial flooring projects and provide professional installers ‘qualified’ to install the flooring materials specified. An installer is ‘qualified’ if trained by Tarkett or a certified INSTALL resilient floor covering installer.”

“INSTALL contractors are our chosen, quality-conscious labor force,” said Don Styka, director of field services at Tarkett. “This specification guarantees Tarkett’s products are installed correctly the first time, ensuring longevity and an exceptional end-user experience.”

INSTALL and Tarkett have a rich history of partnership with the mutual goal of improving industry standards. The two organizations have collaborated with the Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) for builders to deliver the Construction ICRA: Best Practices in Healthcare Construction. The comprehensive training and certification program is designed to reduce hospital-acquired infections, provide training to healthcare and construction professionals, and ensure proper ICRA protocols and procedures are followed.

In addition to these fundamental contributions, Tarkett has been instrumental in the development and ongoing review of INSTALL curriculum and certification for carpet, resilient and substrate preparation.

“INSTALL strives to be the solution provider for the floorcovering installation industry,” noted John T. McGrath Jr., the executive director of INSTALL. “We honor Tarkett’s confidence in INSTALL’s training and certification and its decision to specify the INSTALL resilient certification. We will continue our joint work to elevate industry standards and prevent costly, time-consuming flooring installation failure.”

The two organizations introduced the new specification at the Carpenters International Training Center (ITC) in Las Vegas on November 11, 2016.