The way you present your business means everything for its image and reputation, which is why it’s so important to keep your premises looking spick and span at all times. From streak-free windows, stylish furniture and clean walls, all the way through to well-maintained commercial flooring, a well-presented space makes all the difference to your overall sales.
Compared to residential flooring, there are a few extra to consider when it comes to commercial flooring. You have important decisions to make before the flooring is even installed and then you have to take steps to properly care for it.
Luckily, Mr Carpet is here with our complete guide to floors for your business, whether it’s carpet, laminate, tiles or something else.
Consider the price of installation
Your initial costs will be the combined cost of purchase and installation, so it makes sense to choose a carpet company that takes care of both. At this stage, don’t make your decision on low costs alone. Think about the quality and longevity of the flooring, as well as the amount of maintenance you expect it to need on an ongoing basis. Often, paying a little more means you’ll spend less in the long-term on upkeep and you won’t need to find a replacement as early.
What level of maintenance does it need?
The main difference between residential and commercial flooring is that the latter will be trampled on more often – and you can’t ask guests to remove their shoes the way you can at home! Consider how you’ll maintain your floor and any costs associated with this.
Stained concrete and terrazzo are popular floors for commercial purposes because they’re easy to keep clean, but your business may require that you lay down a plush carpet for that added luxury.
Ensure you vacuum carpets regularly and call in a professional cleaning company from time-to-time, especially if you notice stains starting to form. If you’ve opted for modern vinyl or natural stone, speak to an expert about the kinds of buffing and intensive cleaning needed to keep your floor looking its best. In an area that is likely to get messy – such as restaurant kitchens – go for a hard-surface floor that’s quick and easy to clean up.
How often is a replacement required?
Even if you stick to an advised maintenance schedule, there will come a time when your flooring will need to be replaced. Commercial floors tend to wear out a lot quicker due to the higher levels of foot traffic, so keep this in mind when you’re making your choice.
When choosing your flooring, consider things like durability as well as ease-of-removal. For example, granite is durable and will give you some extra time for your money, but it is difficult to pull up and replace. Carpet, on the other hand, tends to have a shorter life but won’t cause you any issues when you need to swap it for a fresh one.
Safety and comfort
Consider your customers, clients and employees when comparing flooring materials. Avoid materials that are likely to become a slipping hazard should they get wet or should foot traffic increase, unless you absolutely need it. For example, polished marble looks high-class and elegant, but becomes extremely slippery when buffed.
In a moist environment, such as a bar, search for a floor type with extra traction or a high coefficient of friction (COF). In a healthcare facility, look for something with anti-microbial properties; heat-welded sheet vinyl continues to be popular in rooms where complete cleanliness is a priority.
In an area designed for children, such as a nursey or play area, floor should be non-slip as well as slightly cushioned to prevent injury if a child falls over.
Carpet is ideal when you want to create an environment of warmth and comfort. In places like therapy rooms, a thick carpet can feel welcoming and luxurious. Carpet tile is well-utilised in office buildings because it offers flexibility as well as good acoustic performance.
Consider what the space will be used for
The commercial flooring industry continues to innovate to keep up with demands from a variety of other markets. Floor materials have actually become so advanced that they can address specific acoustic needs and can be designed specifically for commercial installation.
Consider what your space needs when it comes to both function and aesthetics. Use this to make an informed decision for the long-term when it comes to both the type of material and the installation methods chosen. We recommend making function a priority over aesthetics; get the practical features just right and then you can move onto design-based decisions.
Contact Mr Carpet for More Information
Not sure about the best commercial flooring for your business? Mr Carpet can help you choose the right type of material to complement the way you work, ensuring it is installed to a high standard to maximise the flooring’s life.
Contact us online and an expert will be in touch to help with any questions you may have.