April 29, 2016 | Project References

Quality pays off

Rubber floor coverings by nora systems score points for life cycle costs

Weinheim, April 2016 – The cheapest product is not always the most cost effective solution in the long term. Ever greater emphasis is put on considering life cycle costs when making decisions about building fittings. This is because forward-thinking planning can significantly reduce maintenance costs over the decades. This applies particularly to flooring: whereas the colours of the walls or the wallpaper are often renewed at shorter intervals, the floor covering usually remains in the building for many years. Just how important the choice of a high-quality product actually becomes apparent, when the purchase price is taken into consideration: this accounts for just 10% of the overall life cycle costs of flooring, while the remaining 90% are incurred for maintenance, i.e. for care and cleaning (see diagram). This is why architects, builders and consumers from all across the world very often choose rubber flooring that is "Made in Germany" by nora systems.

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Durable, economical and sustainable

In building projects, the flooring is one of the last of jobs to be completed. For this reason, flooring is usually chosen at a very late stage. By this time, the budget is often already largely used up on other installations. "There is a great temptation, in this case, to simply opt for the cheapest flooring without taking into account factors such as maintenance costs and lifespan", said Uwe Bauer, Head of Application Engineering at nora systems. In addition, the purchase costs and maintenance costs are often paid for from different pots and the decision-makers only consider their own particular area of responsibility. Over subsequent years, it often turns out that the supposedly cheap product is very expensive in the long term. Especially as regards costs for cleaning, re-coating and restoration.

Choosing a high-quality product like the rubber flooring by nora systems pays off in the long term when life cycle costs are considered. This is because the demands made of flooring are very high, especially in busy buildings. It has to be particularly resilient and cheap to clean. Factors such as environmental friendliness and ergonomic comfort also play an important role. Due to their thick surface, nora floors are not only extremely hard-wearing and easy to look after, they also do not need to be coated – which is a great advantage. Not only does this save time and money that would be needed repeatedly for re-coating. In many buildings – primarily hospitals, but also industrial plants – it is also almost impossible to temporarily close areas for thorough cleaning and applying new coatings. Rubber floor coverings by contrast are in continuous operation – 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The extreme wear resistance and longevity of rubber floor coverings, which still look practically new even after many years of intensive usage, make a decisive contribution to sustainability. For if the floor covering has to be replaced ten times during the average life span of a building of 70 years, this produces a more negative rating in the sustainability assessment than if it only needs to be replaced twice or three times.

Certified environmentally friendly and comfortable

Public tenders often now insist on the use of environmentally safe building materials. nora rubber floors contain neither softeners (phthalates) nor halogens and, as a result, they were the first elastic floor covering ever to be awarded the "Blue Angel…for low emissions" – and so they contribute to good interior air quality too. Thanks to their permanent elasticity, the rubber floor coverings are gentle on backs and joints and the sound of footsteps is significantly reduced. With their attractive appearance, high level of ergonomic comfort and good acoustics, nora floors provide a feel good atmosphere for building users. At the same time they offer builders and investors a high degree of security thanks to their longevity and cost effectiveness*.

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nora rubber floors are extremely robust because of their very thick surface and their high-quality appearance is maintained for decades.

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nora floor coverings reduce the sound of footsteps on the floor due to their permanent elasticity and so ensure a peaceful atmosphere in the room.

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Whether it's done with a machine or by hand: uncoated nora floor coverings are easy to clean.

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Floor coverings by nora systems score points for their low operating and maintenance costs. In addition, there are no surface restoration costs.

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About nora systems

nora systems develops, produces and markets high-quality, elastic floor coverings as well as shoe components under the nora® brand. The company, which has its headquarters in the German town of Weinheim, was created from Freudenberg Bausysteme KG in 2007 and, as the global market leader, has shaped the development of rubber floor coverings for many years. With its more than 1,000 employees, nora systems generated a turnover of €229.1 million in 2017. In 2018, nora systems was acquired by Interface Inc., Atlanta (USA). Interface is the world's largest manufacturer of modular carpet tiles for the commercial sector.