Is the flooring in your commercial property showing signs of wear and tear? Are you ready to invest in replacing it with a new look but can’t decide among the many options available to you?
Hopefully, this article will make it easier for you to choose the right flooring that’s best for your business.
Factors in Choosing the Right Flooring Type
There are several factors that weigh into what type of flooring is best for your property. The majority of them are:
- Intended use
With these factors in mind, we’ll compare the six major types of flooring and how they each stack up.
1. Laminate Wood Flooring
Laminate wood floors are found in many commercial buildings. They are affordable, easy to install, and require minimal maintenance. There are many styles and wood finishes available. Especially when compared to hardwood floors, laminate flooring will weather a lot of abuse. It is water-resistant and easy to clean.
There are downfalls to laminate wood floors. They cannot be easily repaired. If one or a few boards get damaged, it may be difficult to find a match. Replacing the entire floor is the only option for it to look uniform. Contrary to some beliefs, laminate floors are not waterproof. If water is not cleaned up quickly, the floor will buckle and warp. Because of the difficulty in matching the rest of the floor, the entire floor will need replacement if this happens. Also, compared to carpeting, laminate flooring can be noisier.
2. Hardwood Flooring
There are two kinds of hardwood flooring; engineered hardwood and solid hardwood. Solid hardwood is exactly that: planks of solid wood of different species that are usually treated and finished for preservation. Engineered hardwood has several layers of plywood, fiberboard, or hardwood, with the outermost layer consisting of a hardwood veneer.
Both regular hardwood and engineered hardwood provide a high-end look wherever they are installed. The main difference is in the durability of the engineered hardwood over solid wood. Because of the solid construction of the engineered hardwood, it is more stable and resistant to water damage. It is easier to install and costs less than hardwood. Solid hardwood is not as eco-friendly as engineered hardwood, since it’s made directly from trees, whereas engineered hardwood uses a fraction of those resources.
3. SPC Vinyl Flooring
Stone plastic composite (SPC) vinyl flooring is a commercial flooring choice that’s great for high-traffic areas. It is completely waterproof and extremely durable. It consists of four layers that create a solid surface that resists wear and tear. It can be made to resemble the look of wood, tile, or stone. It’s easy to install, clean, and maintain.
The initial cost layout for SPC vinyl flooring is considerable, but because of its durability, is still a great value. Its surface is more rigid than other flooring choices, so comfort can be a drawback.
4. Vinyl Flooring
We’re combining two types of vinyl flooring in this category: Vinyl Composite Tile (VCT) and Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT). The main difference between the two is that LVT flooring has a clear protective layer on top that preserves the color and finish, whereas VCT will eventually need to be stripped and sealed when it wears away. LVT has a higher-end look than VCT, as well.
Both VCT and LVT tile are made from synthetic materials that can mimic the look of more expensive materials, like hardwood or stone but are much easier to maintain. They work great in high-traffic areas like schools, hospitals, and hotel lobbies. Both come in a wide selection of patterns and colors and are moisture-resistant.
Vinyl flooring, while quite durable and less expensive than other flooring options, may not maintain its appearance as well. It can fade if exposed to UV rays and can dent or puncture with heavy use or foot traffic. Damaged sections can be hard to replace if the floor is faded or discolored. Compared with other flooring systems, vinyl has a bigger impact on the environment, since volatile chemicals are released during the production process.
Many offices, hotels, restaurants, and other commercial entities still want the warm and luxurious look of carpeting. Commercial carpeting can be either a large roll of carpet or separate carpet tiles. There are many different fibers and styles to choose from, depending on traffic and use. Carpeting absorbs noise and provides added warmth better than hard flooring surfaces.
Many homes and businesses have replaced traditional carpeting with other types of flooring requiring less maintenance. Carpet fibers still retain dirt and allergens, whereas hard flooring can be swept or mopped to easily remove the debris, making it a healthier environment. Spills can cause staining and if moisture isn’t immediately removed, mold and mildew can settle in.
Choose an Experienced Professional to Install Your Commercial Flooring
No matter which type of flooring you choose for your business, call on the professionals at Finnteriors to install it for you. We can advise you on the best options for your needs. We’ve been in business for over 30 years, serving the St. Louis community.
Give us a call today for all your commercial or residential remodeling needs. As always, we offer a free consultation on any project.