Commercial Lining & Flooring
NWLA Commercial Flooring Installation
When selecting lining and flooring for commercial operations, durability is a must. High-traffic areas such as airports, hospitals, restaurants, and schools need resistant, heavy duty floors. There are many options available, which can make choosing a floor for your business difficult.
When selecting commercial lining and floors, you should ask yourself several questions to help narrow down your options. For example, what is the function of your business? Is there a color scheme or design you want to portray? Do the rooms in your building need to be kept sterile? Will your floors need to be equipped for heavy foot traffic?
These as well as other questions must be addressed when choosing between flooring options. Our experts at Target Industries can help you in selecting and installing the perfect lining and flooring for your commercial space.
WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT COMMERCIAL FLOORING
There is a lot to consider when choosing commercial flooring. The variety of options available all provide a different aesthetic and can make a huge impact on the environment of the building. More than just the aesthetic, though, you need to think of the functionality of each floor through the needs of your industry.
Understanding the location of your business and what the best materials are for that atmosphere is key. For example, a salon or spa would need different lining and flooring than a public library. The flooring in the salon should have a stylish, relaxing, clean feel to it. A public library might want to focus more on comfortability and bright hues to appeal to children and families. To ensure you find the right flooring option, consider the pros and cons of each option.
COMMERCIAL FLOORING OPTIONS
As you know, there are many options to choose from when it comes to commercial flooring. When deciding on a flooring option, you must consider its functionality as well as its aesthetic appeal. Below, we’ll cover some popular options for commercial flooring and the pros and cons for each.
Hardwood flooring is a popular choice for commercial flooring. It can come in a variety of colors, styles, and cuts. Hardwood offers a luxury, high-quality look and can give your commercial space a timeless feel. In addition to it being an aesthetically pleasing option, it is also resistant to moisture.
Cons for hardwood flooring include the high price for installation and the fact that they aren’t the most suitable option for heavy foot traffic. This is because hardwood can become scratched and scuffed easily and replacement costs can be quite pricey.
If you’re looking for your commercial space to mimic the look and feel of real wood flooring at a fraction of the cost, laminate flooring might be the best choice for you. Laminate flooring can sometimes cost less than half of what hardwood flooring costs. Laminate flooring doesn’t require frequent maintenance and is created to withstand high-traffic areas. It is extremely durable and resistant to scratches.
If you’re considering laminate flooring, you should be aware that it is more susceptible to moisture than its counterparts. If exposed, it could become damaged and warped. It is also not easily repaired. Additionally, laminate floors have a poor acoustic profile and can elevate noise levels.
Quarry tile is considered the standard for commercial spaces like kitchens. It has a long lifespan and is incredibly durable, providing it is regularly cleaned and maintained. Quarry tile is made of hard-fired clay, making it a cost-effective option. It’s able to withstand foot traffic, spills, and grease buildup.
One of the only downsides to quarry tile is its lack of versatility. There are not many design options or colors available for this kind of flooring.
Linoleum is another popular choice for heavy foot traffic areas. It’s extremely durable and can last for up to 40 years if properly maintained. Created using natural materials like recycled wood flour and linseed oil, linoleum is an eco friendly choice.
While linoleum is comfortable and soft underfoot, it is prone to scratches or tears. It is also susceptible to moisture and water damage due to its natural materials. An excess of humidity can result in curled corners and upheaval.
Vinyl composite tile, or VCT, is one of the most affordable options for commercial flooring. It offers a durable, long-lasting floor that is easy to maintain and repair. It also is available in various designs and is eco-friendly and recyclable. VCT can also be slip-resistant in many cases, making it great for heavy foot traffic.
Though VCT is extremely durable, it can eventually wear down. Tiles can sometimes peel up from the glue around the corners, but these tiles can be easily replaced.
Carpet tiles are another popular choice in commercial flooring. There are many design options available when choosing carpet tiles. They allow a cushioned backing, which makes it great for areas where kids or elderly people may have frequent access. With this in mind, they are also relatively easy to spot replace in the case that they become stained or damaged. Carpet tiles also have a long lifespan and provide great acoustic benefits.
If carpet tiles are not properly installed, however, there may be seams visible between each tile. This can distract from your commercial space’s aesthetic. Carpet tiles are also often more expensive than other carpeting options, like wall-to-wall carpet.
Broadloom carpet may also be referred to as wall-to-wall carpet. This carpeting option is different from carpet tiles in that it is one rolled, cohesive unit instead of individual pieces of tile. It is also often softer and less expensive than its tile counterpart. Broadloom carpet provides much better sound absorption than other hard-surfaced floors.
If you are seeking a cohesive look, broadloom carpet can provide just that. However, if you are looking for a variety in design for different areas of your building, this may not be the best option. It is also difficult to replace one specific section of the carpet because of the fact that it is one cohesive unit. In addition, it can also generate a surprising amount of waste when being cut to fit your commercial space.
Rubber flooring is a common option for high-traffic areas like gyms or hospitals. It is both slip-resistant and noise absorbent and provides a cushioned underfoot. It is also resistant to wear-and-tear and external damage, making it a good option if you’re looking for durability.
Rubber flooring is easy to install and maintain, but it’s lack of design options makes it more for practicality than for aesthetics. It also may bring a strong rubber smell that lingers long after it’s installed.
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