Commercial flooring options vary by the structure and use. For example, an office building will require different flooring than a hotel. A school building may need different flooring than a retail store. When it comes to choosing commercial flooring options, there are factors to consider, including visual appeal, maintenance, durability, ease of replacement, safety and comfort.
As the flooring industry continues to make advances in production and design, commercial clients will continue to have an array of commercial flooring options to choose from, including hardwood, engineered wood, resilient flooring, tile and carpet.
Solid Hardwood: Hardwood flooring provides a classic and elegant look that will last for many years. While wood is one of the more expensive options, it may also be one of the best options when it comes to long-term investments. Wood floors that are properly installed by a professional can last for many decades. With basic upkeep and maintenance, the floor will continue to look just as it did the day it was. This type of flooring is most commonly found in commercial buildings such as executive office suites or boutique shops.
Commercial Hardwood: Providing the look and feel of real hardwood floor with less expense, these floors can hold up in a variety of environments, as they come in water-resistant and gouge-resistant varieties. Because this type of floor is manufactured, it is more customizable than its natural counterpart, allowing you to select a floor specific to your needs. Commercial hardwood is available in various stains, textures, finishes and designs. Additionally, commercial hardwood offers different installation methods — staple (like a carpet), glue and floating. Many commercial hardwood flooring manufacturers also strive to create and install flooring in an eco-friendly manner.
Resilient Flooring: One of the more popular commercial flooring options, resilient flooring comes in a variety of materials, including linoleum, vinyl, vinyl composition tile, and rubber sheets or tiles. Resilient flooring is easy to clean, able to withstand heavy traffic and resistant to moisture. Resilient flooring is available in a wide variety of colors, textures and style options, including the look of wood, stone, terrazzo and concrete. Commercial vinyl flooring is available as a sheet, tile and plank while linoleum is available in sheet and tile.
Carpet: Specifically designed for high-traffic areas, commercial-grade carpet is one of the most durable and cost-effective flooring materials on the market. Its benefits are vast, including beauty and style, cushions slips and falls, reduces noise, maintains appearance and saves money over time.
Tile: Tile is one of the most elegant and durable flooring options available for use in a commercial space. Tile is ideal for high-traffic areas, as it can stand up to heavy foot traffic with little or no scratching or staining thanks to new glazing methods. Easy to clean and replace, commercial tiles are available in a wide variety of colors, patterns and styles.
No matter what material you choose, commercial flooring must be tough, easy to maintain and attractive.