Interface Offers Updated Floor Coverings Lifecycle Cost Analysis Tools


 First Report In 12 Years Drives Creation of Interface Online Lowest Cost Calculator

Twelve years is long enough. With no recent updates or tools in the last dozen years to provide current and reliable documentation for builders, facility managers, architects and designers to assess the cost-effectiveness and lifecycle value of soft vs. hard surface flooring for their projects, Interface took action. The world’s leading carpet tile manufacturer commissioned an objective third party researcher, Dr. Debra Harris, to conduct a lifecycle cost analysis (LCCA) of hard, resilient and soft flooring. Now well-armed with updated data, the company has also developed an online LCCA Calculator that is accessible, along with the study’s results, at  And, those results are conclusive:  Soft flooring – in particular, carpet tile – is the most cost-effective flooring option available. In addition to being one of the least expensive to purchase and install, it comes with fewer and lower equipment costs, and costs less to maintain.

Interface will be sharing the LCCA report and its new calculator this week with IFMA World Workplace attendees. The company is exhibiting in Booth #238.

About the LCCA Findings

According to Harris, this updated study was sorely needed. “Lifecycle economics is critical to the continued viability of a facility. Having the evidence to make informed decisions can save significant costs over time.”

About the LCCA Calculator

The Interface Lowest Cost Calculator was designed to be an indispensable tool for decision makers responsible for the floor covering choices of new construction or renovation projects. Accessible online, it creates a customized lifecycle cost comparison between Interface carpet tiles and other flooring options being considered, factoring in the key variables of a job. A proven time-saver, the calculator and report clearly delineate not only the initial product costs, but also long-term maintenance and equipment costs. Interior designers, architects, project managers, and facility managers all stand to benefit from having access to these critical numbers all in one place, with the ability to make informed decisions that will affect initial and long-term costs and budgets.

“The Lowest Cost Calculator has the potential to help save thousands of dollars on a project short term – and millions over the building’s lifetime- and substantiates for a business all the right reasons for choosing Interface carpet tile,” said John Bradford, chief innovations officer for Interface.   “The case for specifying carpet tile is even more compelling and inarguable when presented with Dr. Harris’s LCCA findings. While there are a host of other reasons that enter into the flooring selection process – aesthetics, wellness benefits, availability, and sustainability – often times it boils down to budget. So, the combination of the new LCCA report and the Lowest Cost Calculator now provides the dollars and sense justification that’s been missing for far too long.”

About Interface

Interface, Inc. is the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial carpet tile. For 42 years, the company has consistently led the industry through innovation, and now leads the industry in environmental sustainability. It is setting the pace for development of modular carpet using materials and processes that take less from the environment, and is well along the path to “Mission Zero®,” a 21-year-old company-wide promise to eliminate any negative impact it has on the environment by the year 2020. Interface’s worldwide carpet manufacturing facilities maintain third party registration to the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System standard, and it obtained the first-ever Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for the commercial floor covering industry in North America. The company is recognized globally for its commitment to build environmental considerations into its business decisions. For additional information: and .