When you walk into a building you seldom look at the floor, right? Chances are unless it has an eye piercing pattern, you don’t really give the floor any thought. People typically notice flooring only if there is a problem. But, when you give additional thought to the flooring it can have a positive impact on your property. There are different floor types to consider for your commercial building. You want something that can withstand foot traffic and will be budget-friendly since it will cover the entire property. In many cases, you will need different types of flooring for different areas of the building too. With the different options out there, it helps to learn as much as you can about flooring before you decide.
Deciding On The Right Flooring for Your Building
Your Available Space
How much foot traffic do you get? Are there sections of the building that get more traffic than others? These are important questions so you can get durable flooring where needed. You should also consider if there is heavy equipment and how strong the flooring needs to be to support those. If there are areas where food or drink may be, such as common room areas or break rooms, flooring needs to be stain-resistant. You also want the flooring to be inviting, especially in areas where people will be.
Maintenance and Cleaning
When choosing commercial flooring, cleaning and maintenance are also important. Commercial carpeting can seem like a good idea, but this is also a hard-to-maintain surface. If you choose carpet, limit it to smaller areas, as it will require a lot of work to keep it clean and properly maintained. Be sure to consider the long-term costs of flooring compared to initial pricing. For example, laminate floors are more expensive to install but easy to clean and last a long time. Laminate can also mimic wood which creates an inviting appearance.
Flooring can be a significant expense for renovation projects and is easily underestimated. Depending on the nature of your business, certain flooring requirements may need to be met which can impact pricing. In addition to maintenance costs, and durability, keep appearance and aesthetics in mind. Durable flooring that is also attractive can be costly and will not work with every budget, so always consider the money available before starting your search.
The options for commercial flooring include laminate wood, engineered hardwood, solid wood, vinyl, tile, carpet, epoxy, quarry tile, and many others. Each will have advantages and disadvantages, so narrow down your options based on budget and needs before you start shopping.
The increased focus on sustainability in recent years has also impacted commercial flooring. Eco-friendly options are becoming more popular as they are free from chemicals, allergens, and irritants so there is minimal impact on the environment. There are several options for ‘organic‘ flooring with some being more affordable or more durable than others.