Flooring options for commercial space

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A perfect blend of utility, budget, durability, cost-effectivity and visual appeal plays a major role when selecting commercial flooring. Though it is important to choose one that complements the décor, the ease of maintenance becomes crucial when deciding on flooring options for different types of commercial space.

The most commonly used materials include tile, vinyl, rubber, carpet and hardwood. Concrete is often preferred simply because of its durability and cost-effectiveness.

Tiles are generally a popular choice for many a commercial space. They are used in retail establishments, dining outlets, hotels and schools mainly for their low maintenance and durability.

Retail stores, busy offices and hospitals can make use of vinyl flooring for its ability to withstand wear and tear caused by heavy footfall. Vinyl comes in various colors, shapes and sizes, creating a stylish look without compromising on the durability factor.

Rubber can be used in similar areas, and in educational and industrial settings because it is resistant to heat and water, prevents slips and trips, and can be maintained effortlessly. With various designs to choose from, it also offers a smooth texture and scores high on functionality.

For a more expensive option, companies can always choose hardwood floors. These not only add to the aesthetic appeal of a place, they are also strong and durable. However, moisture can damage wood. As a result, a lot of people choose pre-finished wooden floors that last longer.

Commercial carpet is mostly preferred by corporate offices. It not only lends an elegant and homely feel, it also insulates noise and adds to the décor. But maintenance can often be a hassle. As an alternative, businesses often opt for carpet tiles that look good and offer a budget solution.

Businesses that are looking for an even better flooring can consider concrete which fits the bill perfectly. It is the most durable choice and suits any commercial space.

Handy Hints
• Commercial flooring options range from vinyl to hardwood
• Rubber flooring is popular in educational and industrial settings
• Consider budget, functionality when picking a flooring material

Source: Shabnam Mondal, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer


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