Replacing commercial flooring is no small task, nor is deciding what materials to have installed. The decision, though, can have a major impact on customers' perceptions, as well as employee morale and even performance. When the workplace is clean, functional, and appealing, your people may work harder for you. Customers also appreciate the upgrades and upkeep of a fine floor, making improvements a win-win all around. But what should you choose, wood, vinyl, or carpeting?
Analyze Your Commercial Flooring Needs
While you may prefer a certain look for your new flooring, other important factors should take precedence in your decision-making process. Think long term, and consider the new flooring as an investment your company is making in its future. Think about the specific circumstances and unique needs of your commercial space:
- What kind of budget do you have to work with and would it be worse to exceed those funds or shortchange your floor?
- Does the area in need of new flooring see a lot of foot traffic?
- Is there special (heavy and abusive) equipment that will pound the new floor?
- Does your local climate affect your flooring needs, especially considering how contracting (cold) and expansion (heat) can add to wear and tear?
- Are design and decor a significant factor, such as if you're entertaining clients who are accustomed to a certain level of ambience?
- Will your current cleaning crew need extra time or resources to keep the new floor in tip-top shape?
- Do you need quick installation so as to avoid a disruption in service or customer accessibility?
Making decisions about commercial flooring is far more complicated than making decisions about residential flooring, with much heavier consequences if the wrong decisions are made.
Investigate Vinyl Flooring
One option that probably jumps right out at you is vinyl flooring. For many reasons, this is a viable and popular choice for commercial purposes, such as:
- Vinyl flooring can tolerate a lot of abuse.
- It's a material that should last.
- Vinyl is one of the easiest types of flooring to care for.
- Vinyl tile means being able to replace small areas, eventually, if they become worn out, rather than having to replace the entire floor.
- Your business can have a pattern of tiles installed, directing foot traffic to different areas or creating different "zones" within a single room, which can be very helpful.
- You still have many choices with decor and design, even though it's a tough material.
Look Into The Benefits Of Carpeting
Carpet offers special value to many types of businesses, although it isn't for everyone. If there's a high risk of spillage in the company, for example, especially with any industrial-strength materials, carpet probably isn't the best choice. Otherwise, though, it could be just right for your needs, for some of the following reasons:
- Carpet absorbs sound, giving your employees and customers a little less noise stress.
- This floor covering can be very high-end and luxurious if there's a need for that with your clientele.
- Walking on carpeting may be easier on everyone, especially people who are required to stand on their feet all day, such as retail associates.
- There's an added layer of insulation from a carpet you may not have with other flooring materials.
- Carpeting eliminates most of the hazards of slippery floors, adding an important safety factor.
- Carpet can be tiled, too, leaving you a greater number of options in design and when trying to direct people to certain areas or forging a colorful image for your brand.
If you're interested in sustainability, ask a flooring professional about recycled carpeting, as it's becoming more prevalent in the industry, to meet the demands of environmentally friendly customers.
Consider Wood Flooring
Especially if your commercial space caters to professionals or you're a high-end retailer of fine goods, a wood floor is an exquisite choice. Since wood can be more expensive, you could opt for carpeting in walkways and reserve the beautiful wood for display and reception areas. Wood is versatile, beyond its aesthetics, and offers a variety of perks, such as:
- High-quality wood will last a long time.
- The surface is hygienic compared to carpeting, which can harbor allergens, odors, and dirt.
- Wood floors can be resurfaced once they've become worn out, instead of requiring a full replacement.
- It implies a standard of elegance for your company's image.
- Different manufacturing techniques allow for different budgets and needs, from the ease and cost of laminate to the toughness and value of hardwood.
Wood may be one of the most eye-appealing options; however, it can also be the most sensitive to climate, especially moisture and humidity, so it's not the optimum choice for everyone. Talk with an installation specialist and don't be afraid to mix and match materials to culminate the benefits and beauty of each.
The choices you make in commercial flooring have lasting impacts on your business, so mull them over carefully. The right decision depends on a lot of factors, but once you make it, your company should reap immediate benefits, and you'll be heralded for such a smart, stylish, and savvy move.