Commercial Flooring

Creating a pleasant and productive space

Your physical retail / commercial space is an extension of your brand and significantly influences how your business is perceived. A strong flooring design can make your business pop and create a specific sentiment / mood among consumers, as well as create an ambiance for customers and employees to feel warm in.

Your flooring design can create a specific sentiment or mood for your consumers too. From a warm wood floor welcome to a polished, professional place, you can create a pleasant and productive space with plenty of personality by creating your commercial vibes through your choice of flooring.

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Why is Commercial Flooring So Important?

Flooring is one of the most vital aspects of the interior of a commercial office or building. Here’s why:

Safety: You are responsible for what takes place on your commercial property. If you are negligent in the flooring you pick, you may be held liable. Look for flooring that has an anti-slip surface to help prevent slips or falls, even when wet.

Noticeable: The flooring is one of the first thing people notice when they step into your commercial space. Neurology studies have proven that it only takes a split seconds for an individual to form a first impression, so it only makes sense to choose flooring that makes a statement – well-thought-out, positive one. If you’re going to skimp on anything, make sure it’s not your flooring.

Brand Identity: Every brand has a story – yours included. Like your logo and other features of your brand identity, your choice in flooring gives you an opportunity to reinforce what your company represents, your values, and what you hope to accomplish. If you want your company’s identity to be powerful, go with flooring that gives off a strong air such as natural stone, dark wood planks, terra cotta porcelain tiles, or marble or granite tiles. For a sophisticated or luxurious atmosphere, plus carpet, lighter solid hardwood flooring, or large glazed porcelain tiles would achieve the task.

Cleanliness: Dirty, dingy floors are a turn-off. Keep your floor clean to show respect to your clients, employees, and anyone else who comes to your place. If your floors are dirty and you’re selling something, you can only imagine how your customers will feel about that. Consider the cleanability of flooring prior to purchasing it and stick with styles, colors, and materials you know you can keep spic and span.

Visual Aesthetics: Floors can transform a room. With minimal effort, you can achieve most any look and feel simply by choosing the appropriate flooring. Distressed hardwood flooring gives off a rustic appearance while lightwood flooring is associated with a more modern atmosphere. Typically, lighter colors such as neutrals and white hues give off sophisticated auras while dark, bold colors are warm and cozy. Don’t waste the chance to impress your visitors and/or employees by simply choosing flooring that makes your commercial space everything you want it to be.

Comfort: Your flooring should be comfortable – comfortable to walk on and to stand on as well. If you own a business that requires you and/or your employees to stand much of the day, you’ll want to stay away from extremely hard flooring and go with cushiony kinds like carpet, high-grade cork or linoleum.

Durability: Flooring in your commercial workspace will probably experience it’s share of traffic and other abuse. If you don’t want to be replacing it every year or two, choose durable, top-notch flooring such as solid hardwood flooring, and engineered wood flooring. Tiles in natural materials like slate and granite last a long time too.

Office Spaces

Offices are usually used throughout the entire day – with lots of movement and collaboration taking place. Therefore, it’s good to use a floor surface that’s warm and inviting that’s also safe, durable, aesthetically pleasing, and comfortable to stand and walk on.

Carpet – Quiet and Comfy

  • Carpets have the strongest sound absorbing properties – making it perfect for limiting the effects of chatter across the office.
  • Plush flooring reduces the chance of slip-and-fall accidents, which is a possibility in the busy hustle and tussle of office life.
  • Carpet is easy to maintain, with ongoing scheduled carpet cleaning. Further, there are various carpeting options that offer protection against stains, like the Shaw R2X system.
  • Carpet is easy on the budget too. While some flooring like designer tile, exotic hardwood, and some natural stone can cost a fortune, you can find bargains on high-quality carpet to suit your needs for a fraction of the price.

Retail Spaces

When it comes to physical retail shops, presentation is key. The main idea is to have a flooring style that that is bold and striking, which emphasizes the overall style of the shop. For these reasons, Engineered hardwood flooring is among the best options for retail spaces..

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Engineered Hardwood for High Traffic

Engineered hardwood has a myriad of qualities that make it ideal for flooring in retail buildings including:

  • Engineered hardwood flooring has much the same characteristics as solid hardwood does. It demonstrates both quality and style and gives off the perception that your business focuses on the fine details and doesn’t compromise quality.
  • Engineered hardwood floors are highly durable. This is important for retail spaces, which tend to see consistent high volumes of foot traffic. High-quality engineered hardwood flooring will last years and maybe even decades.
  • If you’re looking for variety. Engineered hardwood will give you plenty of it. From dark wood that gives and air of warmth to light versions that provide a touch of modern flair and everything in between, engineered hardwood has much to offer.
  • Engineered hardwood is conducive to all that goes on in a retail facility because it holds its form because it’s very firm and sturdy, making it also pleasant to walk or stand on for long periods of time.

Other Flooring Options for Commercial Spaces:

Solid Hardwood Flooring

Timeless and durable, solid hardwood is available in soft, medium, and hard wood and in many types of wood ranging from common to exotic. Many types are excellent for commercial spaces such as oak or pine. Rustic finishes are ideal for high-traffic areas. While solid hardwood is typically pricier than the standard options, it is highly durable and will last for decades.

Laminate

Laminate is certainly worth considering for any commercial flooring. It is inexpensive, versatile, and simple to lay. There are many different kinds available, so you are sure to find the perfect fit for your office or retail space.

Wood Plastic Composite

Wood Plastic Composite (WPC) is a flooring that consists of a composite product that’s comprised of plastic and wood. It’s designed to be an alternative to traditional wood like the way engineered wood is. WPC is quickly becoming popular for commercial use because it’s versatile and inexpensive.

Decorating Ideas for Your Commercial Space

Flooring is a main element in your decorating but it’s not the only factor. Follow through with the décor by choosing furniture and accents that compliment the theme you have chosen.

Some decorating styles suitable for commercial space include:

Modern: Contemporary styles typically utilize neutral colors, earthy accents and hues, and a minimalistic approach in unnecessary details are some of the highlights of modern décor.

Mid-Century: Mid-century and modern are similar in many ways. Mid-century flooring is typically linoleum, solid wood, or engineered wood but occasionally carpet is used too. The furniture is often plain with exposed metal like aluminum, chrome, or brass. Color choices are orange, turquoise, yellow, and olive green.

Fun Style: A fun decorating style is “anything goes” within your niche. This type of décor is especially visually exciting for retail shops that are geared for kids or teens. Bright, bold colors and interesting and unique patterns for flooring can be found when going with a fun theme.

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Farmhouse: The farmhouse theme has been very popular in recent years. Reclaimed barn house slats, shiplap, and most anything that has been repurposed are examples of this type of decorating.

Vintage: The use of old furniture and decorations are common for vintage themes. From velvet sofas from the early 1900s to wall accents that are centuries old, vintage themes go well with dark solid wood or engineered hardwood flooring and vintage designed linoleum flooring too.

Counting the Cost

Laying a new floor in a commercial property usually requires a significant investment – even if you purchase the least expensive flooring material. Not only is buying the material required but the installation must be in the budget too unless you plan to lay it yourself in which case, you’ll need to count in the time involved.

Although commercial flooring is a big investment, it can be one of the best you make for your office or retail space. By putting a lot of thought and some research time into the process of choosing, you can achieve the look and feel you want for years and years to come.

Laying it All Out

When deciding on your commercial flooring, it’s wise to keep everything in balance. You may love one type of flooring but it’s well beyond your budget. Rather than getting in over your head, you might consider a medium grade versus the most expensive or you might go with a look-alike, engineered wood rather than solid. You can also look around for discounts and sales.

The most important thing is that you end up with commercial flooring that represents your business and that is also practical, durable, and affordable. With those things in mind, your floor will be an outstanding reflection of your business and of yourself.

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