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Tile Replacement at Father Norton Manor


Residents of Father Norton Manor, at 117 and 137 High St, received new flooring throughout the corridors and community rooms at their home. When originally constructed in the late 1960s, Father Norton Manor consisted of Vinyl Composite Tile (VCT) floor tile throughout the corridors, community rooms, and lobby areas. Over the years, the lobbies had been refurbished with ceramic tile and carpeting.

A couple of notes on existing flooring: VCT tile, although clean and long lasting, is not very soundproof, and thus noise is a frequent issue with even the slightest foot traffic. Carpeting, although quiet and residential, has several disadvantages.  It is non-hypoallergenic, traps dust and other particles, is harder to clean, does not wear well over time, and posed challenges for those with limited mobility. With that in mind, the LHA began researching other flooring options that would help alleviate these concerns. After reviewing flooring used by other Lowell organizations such as Lowell General Hospital, UMass Lowell, and further research, the decision was made: the new flooring was to be Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT).

Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) was created in response to a changing marketplace: customers wanted a tile as durable, easy to install, and easy to clean as VCT, but with a better look and feel, and possessing more effective soundproofing qualities.  LVT fits the bill, using a textured finish on its tile to replicate the look of stone, ceramic, and other materials, while also being very durable and hypoallergenic.

On June 26th, installers began removing existing carpeting and prepping the floors underneath for the tile installation. With the help of resident coordinators hired by the LHA, residents are guided around work areas and given assistance as needed during installation. With over 6 floors of work, this is one of the largest flooring projects undertaken by the LHA in recent years. Work is expected to be completed by late summer or early fall. As part of this project, LHA maintenance staff will be given new cleaning machines specifically designed to clean the new tile quickly and thoroughly.

We are excited to be bringing a clean, fresh look and feel to Father Norton Manor, and hope our efforts to reconcile practicality with style will be enjoyed by residents for years to come.

The project was completed on September 19th.