When it comes to selecting your commercial flooring, knowing which options match your needs can seem a little overwhelming to property owners and investors. The right fit needs to not only last, but to fit the function and aesthetic of the building. With the help of flooring experts like the team at Ashley Fine Floors, you can rest easy knowing your floors are fit for the long haul.
To help make your selection a little easier, our staff have compiled a few tips to keep in mind, as well as a quick cheat sheet with info on a few of the most commonly selected flooring options. Read on to learn more!
Check Your Foundation Before You Purchase
While selecting the right panels or tiles is crucial to longevity, the first step you need to take is evaluating the space where you’re planning on having your flooring installed. Understanding the needs of your foundation will help you determine key factors like whether or not you need additional padding underneath, extra protection against ground moisture, and what kind of support you’ll be getting from a ground level. Keeping these things in mind will make sure you are able to avoid the wear and tear of preventable stressors on your materials.
Evaluate the Function/Purpose of Each Area
Different areas of your business will often serve different purposes for both customers and staff, and thus have different flooring needs. For example, the ground in an industrial kitchen will have a very different function and set of needs to fulfill than a lobby area of a retail business. While both may experience moderate to heavy traffic, one will likely need to be more water resistant and offer more cushioning for staff standing in an assigned area for a long period of time. Knowing the demands of foot traffic, as well as any unique challenges of the space will help you make the best selection possible.
Quick Guide to Flooring Types
Vinyl: Vinyl flooring is a suitable option for those looking for a low cost, durable, and stylish option for high traffic areas. As a relatively low maintenance product, vinyl is a great fit for many commercial spaces.
Linoleum: Linoleum is similar to vinyl in composition, but is made from eco-friendly materials like cork, tree resin, and wood, making it a contender for business owners wanting an environmentally conscious product.
Laminate: Laminate is another popular option, capable of handling heavy foot traffic and resistant to scuffing, dents, and scratches. It is relatively moisture resistant, but is less ideal for bathrooms or other areas where regular exposure to liquids is normal.
Carpet: Best suited for indoor areas that do not frequently encounter moisture, and where routine upkeep (vacuuming or sweeping) is likely. Carpets help insulate a space, and can also act as a sound barrier between floors or in large open spaces.
Ashley Fine Floors is here to provide assistance with all of your commercial flooring needs. With over 25 years of experience, our team is sure to make your purchase and installation a breeze. Contact us today to learn more!