For a successful renovation project, you must build from the ground up. It may not seem like an essential decision, but the selection of flooring material impacts the overall look and feel of the commercial space. For practical reasons, flooring is a key factor in interior design because it must be adequately durable to suit the purpose of the space.
Before making a decision, brush up on the different commercial flooring types and review the important considerations in selecting the best option.
Vinyl & Linoleum
These two flooring materials offer similar results in terms of durability for traffic and moisture. They are easy to roll out and install in spaces both small and large. Vinyl, which is made from plastic material, and linoleum, which is made of natural materials, are popular because they are relatively inexpensive. They also come in a virtually endless array of colors and patterns.
Hardwood flooring is a classic because it gives a warm look to commercial spaces and is easy to clean and maintain. There is a wide range of wood types, colors and finishes to choose from. Prefinished flooring is ready to be installed, while unfinished flooring is sanded and treated onsite after installation.
One of the disadvantages is the durability of the wood finish, which can scratch more easily than other surfaces. Though refinishing can usually restore it to nearly its original state, it’s not recommended for areas that get heavy traffic or need to stand up to a lot of moisture. Another concern for many commercial spaces is the cost. Labor costs for installation in larger spaces and maintenance expenses should be factored into your decision.
A valid alternative to wood flooring is laminate. Made of fiberboard core covered with wood pulp treated with a polymer resin, laminate offers the warm, natural look of hardwood at a fraction of the cost. It’s available in a full range of wood colors and styles and delivered ready for easy floating-floor installation.
The surface of laminate flooring is more resistant to scratches and moisture than hardwood, but water can cause noticeable damage if it enters between the joints.
Unfortunately, laminate flooring cannot be refinished like real hardwood. And, even if it looks similar to hardwood flooring, it doesn’t offer the same high-quality feeling.
Interior designers have been using concrete in more commercial spaces in recent years. It has become more popular because of its rugged durability and relative flexibility in covering floor surfaces. This material can be treated to give the surface a particular texture or dyed in a wide range of colors. Concrete lasts a long time, even in heavily trafficked areas, with minimal maintenance.
This is a common floor covering because of the wide selection of colors and styles available, the ease of installation and flexible price range. Carpet makes spaces look inviting and feel warm. Plus, it has notable acoustic benefits.
Carpeting is not the ideal floor cover for all commercial spaces as it can stain easily and is difficult to clean thoroughly. More durable weaves are available for areas that are used heavily, although it’s not recommended for restrooms or busy entryways.
Versatile and durable, tile is well suited to commercial renovation projects. There is virtually no end to the color, texture and styles available. Glazed ceramic and porcelain tile are both tough and, aside from occasional grout resealing, they don’t need much upkeep.
It’s important to note that installation requires more labor and preparation than other flooring options. In areas where the tile may get wet, like entryways, we recommend selecting a non-slip finish or planning to use a rubber-backed mat.
Tips for Choosing the Right Flooring for Your Remodel Project
Successful remodeling projects should carefully consider how spaces will be used. Flooring selection depends on many factors. Consider the following:
- Overall look of the commercial space;
- Budget for the initial purchase, installation and maintenance services;
- Amount of regular traffic through each area;
- General wear and tear that is expected;
- Risk of staining and scratching during work activities;
- Frequency and time needed to repair or replace flooring material;
- Hygiene and the need for deep cleaning;
- Strength of the subfloor and building material;
- Amount of moisture that the flooring will be exposed to;
- Echo and acoustic qualities of the space.
Commercial Contractor for Seamless Renovations
The number of decisions involved in any commercial remodeling project can be overwhelming. Enlist the help of an experienced contractor to help streamline the process while preventing headaches and delays. Discuss your commercial renovation plans with ACA and get solid advice you can trust.