When it comes to the best flooring for high-traffic retail or commercial installations, there are four important things to look for: durability, ease of maintenance, appearance, and cost. Businesses that maintain a constant flow of traffic need to have flooring that is up to the task. You will want to make sure that you can keep your floor looking great despite heavy use and save money on any necessary repairs or replacements, so resilient flooring is key. You will also want to minimize the interruption of business for floor maintenance. Obviously, since your flooring will be used in a high-traffic area, it will be seen by a lot of people. Therefore, you will want something that actually looks good and fits your style.
There are many different options for commercial flooring to choose from, so it is important to understand the top priorities of your organization. If you would like to embrace an open office working environment, then acoustics should be a priority. If you have a lot of workers standing or walking, you should consider underfoot comfort. Often times, a business can make the mistake of only focusing on how their redesigned space will look, and not how their design choices will impact the experience of the people using this space day-to-day. In this post, we will review everything you need to know about commercial flooring for high-usage areas and give you all of the information needed to make the right decision for you and your business.
There are five major options when it comes to commercial flooring types: Laminate, Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT), Carpet Tiles, Polished Concrete, and Tile Flooring. Each option comes with its own benefits, as well as their own issues. Let’s take a look at what each option has to offer!
This option is highly affordable and requires minimal maintenance. When installing laminate flooring in a commercial setting, it is important to know the AC rating. AC ratings are used to indicate the durability levels of laminate flooring. These indicate where the particular laminate floor is best suited for installation, and the amount of foot traffic it can handle. AC4-AC5 rated laminate floors are the ones you should choose when planning for laminate flooring in commercial areas. AC3 laminate floors can also be used in light commercial settings as well. One negative aspect is its poor acoustic profile, which can be an issue for open office spaces. Another issue can be its vulnerability to moisture, so if your commercial space has a risk for high moisture levels this may not be the best option.
Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT)
LVT comes in a variety of colors and designs, so it is easy to match with nearly any commercial interior. It is also extremely durable and waterproof, making it ideal for retail spaces, cafes, etc. The surface of the LVT is protected by a wear layer, which protects against wear and tear. However, this means that the floor is only as durable as the thickness of its wear layer, so selecting the LVT with the right wear layer thickness is very important. Similar to other hard surface flooring options, it can be difficult for organizations with lots of standing workers. In cases like this, carpet may be the best option.
Carpet can be the ideal choice for businesses that place a high priority on keeping the noise levels low. There are a couple of options of carpet for commercial use, mainly modular carpet tiles and broadloom carpet. Modular carpet tiles some carpet tiles have cushion backing, with means they are very comfortable underfoot. This cushion backing also helps the carpet to retain its appearance over time. With waterproof carpet tiles, moisture and spills are less of a concern. With consistent cleaning and vacuuming, carpet tiles can maintain their appearance for many years, even under high foot traffic demands.
Polished concrete flooring is an easy choice for commercial and industrial installations. They are very tough and resilient, and also able to handle lots of weight and pressure from heavy equipment. This makes damaging a polished concrete floor very difficult. Maintenance of a polished concrete floor is a breeze because, unlike regular concrete floors, polished concrete does not need to be sealed or waxed. A dust mop daily or a frequent wet mop will work just fine! Polished concrete flooring acts as a blank canvas for your business, so you are able to match it will any décor. It also reflects light extremely well, making your business space livelier and inviting. There are also many different textures, dyes, and stains that can be added to enhance the surfaces look.
Tile flooring is extremely versatile and available in seemingly endless design options. Maintenance is fairly simple, being that if a tile happens to crack under pressure, it can easily be replaced easily. Tile is graded by their hardness using a rating scale of 1-5 by the Porcelain Enamel Institute. Since your tile will be used in a high foot traffic industrial or commercial setting, you will want to go with a tile that is rated either a 4 or 5. This type of flooring, especially quarry tile, is ideal for commercial kitchens as it is able to withstand grease buildup, spills, and heavy foot traffic. Remember, during installation you will want to use epoxy grout and thin-set adhesives since this will be for commercial or industrial use. Standard tile installation materials are not designed to stand up to hot liquid spills, grease buildup, and high-traffic.As with any other flooring installation, the use, location, project, and more can determine what is the best option. There are many things to consider, and you will want to carefully review all of the pros and cons before making your final decision. However, this list is a great resource to help get you started! For more information, contact a Flooring Professional near you today.