When it’s time to start discussing replacing the floor coverings for the lobby, staircase or hallways of your condo, it’s important to look at all the options available. While cost is always the number one factor, today it seems like more condo boards are focusing on the aesthetics, as an upgraded lobby can add to the value of the property.
Since one of the first things that people see when entering a condo building are the common areas – the lobby and hallway to the elevators, as well as other areas – it makes sense that you would want the floor to stand out. Condo flooring does take a beating from the inside elements as well as the outside elements. East Coast Flooring & Interiors has years of experience installing commercial flooring in condos, and is here to help.
Flooring Options for your Condo
Wood Floor Installation
Stone is a great investment for any condo flooring installation project because it’s indestructible and durable. Plus, the maintenance is easy – simply clean with soap and water and give it a professional buffing every few years. Both marble flooring and granite flooring are in high demand, especially in luxury condominiums and high-end lobbies. Marble has been used in palaces, temples and homes for thousands of years, and is prized for its beauty, durability and variety of colors and patterns. Marble is found in various countries like Belgium, France, Great Britain, Greece, India, Spain and Italy. Some of the first marble floors were created and installed in ancient Rome. King Louis XIV filled Versailles with it, Michelangelo carved David from it and Shah Jahan used it to build the Taj Mahal.
Like marble, granite flooring is very hard and does not break or crack easily. The ancient Egyptians quarried granite exclusively for use in various constructions. Most of their monuments were built using granite and limestone. Granite contains an infinite amount of lime and is the hardest stone used as a building material. Although polished granite may be a very hard surface, and does resist scratching and pitting better than marble and limestone, when it does get scratched it has to be diamond-ground, honed and polished – which is an expensive process.
Hardwood flooring is another great alternative for the common areas of a condo flooring installation project. A wood floor installation lasts much longer-lasting than carpet, which has a tendency to fade, lose its color and stain. Popular choices are walnut, oak and antique wenge. To keep costs in line, laminate and veneers are also an option.
Carpet still remains the number one option for several reasons, including cost, maintenance and soundproofing. Today there are many choices in terms of color and design when it comes to choosing new carpet for a condo carpet installation project. For a nice look and something that will last longer, consider installing wall-to-wall carpet in public places. Also, consider mixing stone with carpet, allowing you to save on cost while still creating a unique look.
When choosing carpet for stairs, safety in the visibility of the pattern and thickness come into play. Stairs are best carpeted with tightly looped, medium-color carpeting because it stands up well to repeated use and is resilient to footprints and ground-in soil. As with carpet in rooms, quality padding is also important for long life and an attractive appearance free of stretching and distortion. The carpet’s durability rating is also important. You want the highest durability rating possible. East Coast Flooring & Interiors has experience installing flooring for many of South Florida’s mid- and high-rise condominiums and can help you in choosing the right carpet for your needs.
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As a leader in condo flooring installation, East Coast Flooring & Interiors knows how vital it is that the floor coverings you choose stand up to high foot traffic and be easy to clean and maintain. We offer design services, product technology and an extensive selection of flooring products to meet soundproofing requirements and create the look and feel you desire. We offer a collection of high-performance flooring products that meet the rigorous challenges condominiums face, including soundproofing. Whether building a LEED-certified building or simply renovating, we offer carpeting, hardwood, marble, porcelain, stone, vinyl, vinyl planks, rubber and laminate.