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THE FLEXING FLOOR 7-2-14 LMS

Flooring experts have agreed that the floor in the Salmon Valley Center/City Hall building was not installed properly and that is the reason any carpeting installed eventually starts to wrinkle.

There was one bid for new carpeting from a local company several weeks ago. As per direction from the Salmon City Council, City Clerk Mary Benton has also obtained bids, as well as opinions, from two carpet companies in Missoula. Benton said the floor can be stabilized somewhat with a thin laminate however a thicker laminate would be needed to achieve better stabilization. A thicker laminate means the doorways would have to be raised which could cost up to $1,000 per door, if the procedure involving headers is even allowed by building codes.

She said the bottom line of her research came down to; since the flooring, consisting of sheets of single layer plywood, was not put together properly in the beginning no matter what is done to stabilize it the floor will never be totally stable in terms of the flex that causes carpets to wrinkle.

The areas to be carpeted include the heavy traffic hallway which leads from the building’s front entrance to the various rooms in the Salmon Valley Center complex and the room once used by the Chamber of Commerce. The interior stairway at the lower level back door will be covered with a rubberized tread material.

A motion was made and unanimously approved to accept a $14,875 bid from Legacy Floor Coverings in Salmon.
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