Commercial Flooring for your business
Thinking about what would be the best floor for your business, office, store or showroom? Most importantly, it’s going to have to be very robust, durable and also attractive. In this quick guide to commercial floors, we are going to take you through the top three recommended options, where you can decide on the most appropriate floor for your commercial space.
Hardwood Flooring (Solid Wood, Bamboo and Engineered)
When used in the right setting, hardwood flooring can be a good option for your business. As long as your floor is about 14-20mm thick, it will definitely be able to withstand heavy foot traffic, as well as everyday wear and tear. As with any real wood product, you’ve got to be super cautious about contact with water and the nature of the business it’s going to serve. For example, if you’re planning on regularly wet-mopping your floor, you should definitely consider another option or look at our waterproof luxury vinyl range.
If you’re planning on keeping your floor dry, then your hardwood flooring could last you a decade. Although real wood can lose its top finishing layer overtime, it can easily be re-finished. This refinishing process involves sanding down a very fine layer of your wood and re-applying oil or lacquer, which then brings the top layer of your wood back to life.
Laminate floors are commonly utilised in commercial areas and across all businesses. The reason behind this is that laminate is a cost effective way to bring your business to life, simply installing a beautiful firm floor that is not only durable but also considerably cheap. A majority of laminates are very hard wearing (10-12mm) and provide great resistance against moisture and splashes. However, over time, if spillages or splashes are not cleared effectively, water can slowly creep into the joints and cause warping or swelling of your floor. Laminate floors all consist of a wear layer, a fairly thin but strong covering on top of the boards that help protect them from all sorts of abuse such as scratches, splashes and everyday traffic. However, unlike hardwood flooring, once a laminate board is damaged or worn, it cannot be refinished.
A rating known as “AC”, which ranges from 1 to 6, represents the strength and toughness of laminates. AC1 and AC2 rated floors are usually more appropriate for domestic use around the house, whereas AC3 – AC6 laminates can be suited throughout a variety of commercial settings. Depending on the purpose and your business requirements, the higher the AC rating, the more durable the floor.
Luxury Vinyl Flooring (LVT)
If your floor is going to cover a commercial site that’s regularly exposed to water, you may want to consider our 100% waterproof luxury vinyl flooring (LVT). LVT has all the benefits of laminate flooring, but with the additional advantage of being completely water resistant. Modern vinyl floors also provide a high degree of slip-resistance, making them the perfect option for commercial spaces, as they lower the risk of accidents. Some people have been put off vinyl because they immediately think of the cheap vinyl sheets or linoleum, but LVT is different. These floors are extremely tough and offer a variety of trending designs and patterns. LVT is fully waterproof, scratch and slip resistant, which makes it the toughest floor on the market. So say goodbye to the old, cheap-looking vinyls! And say hello to the new classy and super hardwearing luxury vinyl!