What to look for in commercial office flooring – Part 2

Flooring in commercial office spaces serves two purposes - it contributes to the space’s aesthetic as well as its functionality and level of comfort. In part one we covered a few key things to factor into your research and decision-making. Now, let’s discuss the pros and cons of some common commercial flooring solutions.

 

Carpet

PROS:

  • Warmer
  • Offers noise insulation
  • Visually attractive
  • Pleasant underfoot (great if you have people who spend a lot of time standing)
  • Huge range of styles, colors, patterns and textures to suit your design and budget

 CONS:

  • Needs to be vacuumed daily and cleaned regularly
  • Prone to staining
  • Less durable than carpet tiles because it doesn’t have the multi-layered structure and built-in backing that protects the carpet fibres from wear

 

Carpet tiles

PROS:

 CONS:

  • Needs to be vacuumed daily and cleaned regularly
  • Prone to staining

 

Vinyl flooring

PROS:

  • Long lasting performance
  • Resilient and resistant to damage, such as indentation and scratches (dependent on quality)
  • Withstands high foot traffic
  • Ideal for a wide range of applications (eg. Offices, commercial, healthcare, retail)
  • Available in many different colours and designs bringing a stylish touch
  • Easy to clean and with minimal maintenance.

 CONS:

  • Does not offer the same acoustic properties or comfort as carpet or rubber

 

Rubber Flooring

PROS:

  • Super resilient
  • Durable, withstands high levels of traffic
  • Resistant to water and heat
  • Comfortable to walk on
  • Slip resistant
  • Sound absorbent
  • Comes in a variety of colours
  • Anti microbial and hypoallergenic
  • Eco friendly, sustainable and recyclable
  • Good insulator

 CONS:

  • Dull finish, not the most attractive option
  • Grease can leave stains
  • Can be a bit smelly for some time after installation
  • Needs some care taken to seal, wax and choose the right cleaning products

 

Hardwood flooring

PROS:

  • Classic and timeless look
  • Elevates the look and feel of the interior design of an office
  • Durable
  • Easy to clean

CONS:

  • Prone to moisture damage
  • Requires maintenance every few years to renew its lustre (choose a pre-finished floor to help maintain its appearance
  • Can make annoying squeaky noises when a floorboard comes loose

 

Polished concrete

PROS:

  • Very cost effective
  • Quick to install and walk on
  • Can create bespoke designs and patterns
  • Highly durable

 CONS:

  • Reverberates noise so acoustic insulation would be needed on the walls and ceiling
  • Hard underfoot

 

Not all flooring options are ideal for all locations within a commercial space so we recommend partnering with an industry professional to help determine what is best for where.

Robert Malcolm is a commercial flooring distributor committed to providing you with inspiring designs and accurate information in a consultative manner. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us for more information or advice. 

Posted 19 Oct 2017