Commercial flooring is very different than that chosen for residential use. Because of the high traffic volume, it must withstand a lot more wear and tear than what a family causes in a home. That means the materials must be more heavy duty. It doesn’t mean, however, that it needs to be drab or unattractive. There are many types and grades of flooring options suited for commercial and industrial use. We’ve listed some here for you.
You may have heard homeowners raving about their new laminate floors that closely resembles real hardwood flooring, but is easy to maintain, scratch-resistant and durable. Well, you can get that same quality and appearance in a commercial-grade laminate flooring. Commercial laminate comes in a variety of wood types, textures, finishes and colors to complement your office decor. You can specify plank sizes, as well.
This type of floor offers a high resistance to wear-through, dents, stains, fading and damage from alcohol-based hand sanitizers. It’s quick to install and is an affordable solution.
Concrete flooring is suitable for industrial environments like warehouses, factories, garages and such, where there is heavy machinery and tools in use. Its durability and low cost makes it ideal for these types of work spaces.
Plain concrete floors are not very attractive. However, they can be stained or finished, which adds visual appeal. They can be polished where they look more like marble, but are virtually maintenance-free. Stains, dyes, and textures can also be added to enhance the surface’s look.
They do not require waxing or sealing; a daily swipe with a dust mop, and frequent wet mopping with a neutral-pH floor cleaner keeps them beautiful and functional for many years.
Vinyl flooring offers many options and designs. There are three distinct types of tile flooring: Vinyl Sheet Flooring, Vinyl Composite Tile (VCT) and Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT). While all three are durable materials well-suited for high-traffic commercial applications, they’re differentiated by maintenance requirements, lifetime price and design versatility.
Vinyl Sheet Flooring comes in large rolls, minimizing the number of seams and making it ideal for healthcare facilities where fall prevention is a key concern. Conversely, the lack of seams makes maintenance more difficult: If a section of vinyl sheet flooring gets damaged, you’ll need to cut and replace the entire section rather than just swap a tile.
VCT is a mixture of natural limestone, filler materials, thermoplastic binder and color pigments. Made by fusing chips into solid sheets and cutting them into tiles, VCT requires layers of polish to protect its porous surface. Because of this, VCT is not a low-maintenance flooring product. It requires regular stripping, waxing and polishing, while LVT and sheet vinyl can get by with routine sweeping and mopping.
LVT is made of a predominately limestone-based material mixed with composites. A graphic film covers the composite material, making it possible to create nearly any look, sealed beneath an outer wear layer. While LVT costs the most out of the three types initially, its lifetime costs tend to be lower due to its superior durability and minimal maintenance requirements. And due to the versatility of its graphic layer, LVT provides superior design capabilities to VCT.
Commercial grade carpeting and carpet tiles offer warmth and noise insulation, thereby making this type of flooring ideal for hotels or offices. Carpet tiles are more versatile, allowing you to create patterns, as well as replace stained or worn tiles without having to install an entire new carpet.
Carpeting can be higher maintenance than other types of commercial flooring options, since it stains more easily, is more difficult to clean and less hygienic. If carpeting is used, it’s best to choose a color and design that doesn’t show stains or dirt and to have it cleaned regularly.
Rubber flooring is common in high-traffic areas like airports and restaurants. They are easy to maintain, waterproof and resistant to heat. Because rubber floors can be cleaned easily, they are more hygienic than other materials. The material reduces risks of slipping and absorbs noise. Its cushioned feel makes it comfortable to walk on. Rubber floors come in a variety of textures and colors to suit your preferences.
Finnteriors installs all types of commercial flooring for your business. We can suggest the types of flooring that’s right for your business at the best prices. We will make sure the project runs smoothly, from project planning, procurement, installation, logistics and maintenance planning.
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