(This is a copy of a story originally published by the Real Estate New Jersey magazine https://re-nj.com/renukrete-solves-difficult-flooring-problem-for-condo-complex-in-short-order/)
Baridge House is a 17-story condominium located in Hackensack, NJ, with lots of amenities such as door attendants, a swimming pool and easy access to commuter transportation to New York City and northern New Jersey commercial hubs.
Managed by Young and Associates of Wood-Ridge, NJ, a leading property management firm with a portfolio including condominiums, townhomes, commercial retail and golf courses, Baridge House had undergone regular maintenance in recent years including a lobby renovation, a three-level parking garage renovation and other smaller projects.
One of the more vexing problems recently faced by the management company at Baridge House was two garage hallway floors. Covered with conventional vinyl composition tile, the floors had become a hazard for residents because the tile had cracked in many places and had developed divots where pieces had been knocked loose, making the floor unsafe for anyone walking on it.
Simply replacing the old cracked and worn vinyl tile with new ceramic tile was a non-starter because the floors of the garage walkways were not level and very uneven. For ceramic tile to be an option, the lengthy floors would have required leveling of the concrete base, which would in turn have required significant expenses and unacceptable delays. In addition, many of the doors adjacent to the hallways would have had to be re-hung due to the changing floor height in many areas of the walkway.
And unlike carpeting, which can quickly look worn, stained and haggard in a heavily trafficked hallway, or tiles which can easily break or crack if struck by a dropped object, Baridge House needed a low-maintenance solution that could repel all kinds of stains and abrasions; especially one that was particularly well-suited to a residential installation where traffic is fairly constant. Naturally, the flooring choice needed to be visually appealing and to coordinate well with the wall colors and decorations.