Picking the right commercial flooring

Picking the right commercial flooringImage Credit: Supplied

Choosing or replacing flooring is a hard task, yet when it comes to commercial flooring, it becomes even more challenging as you need to consider the type of activity your company conducts, your target market and the foot traffic your space receives.

To begin, consider the kind of flooring you feel is right for your type and size of space. This mainly depends on the kind of business you have and the specific floor use. For instance, if it is a café, you may want non-slip flooring in the kitchen area; however, you may want ceramic tiles in the space where patrons sit and have their coffee.

Below is a quick guide on the different types of flooring available for commercial use:

• Vinyl – Available in a large variety of colours and styles in the form of sheets or tiles. This is a good value-for-money option that requires low maintenance and is perfect for retail establishments, hospitals, industrial space, sports facilities and offices. But, it is easy to stain, wear and scratch.

• Linoleum – Available in an endless array of colours and patterns. Marble-patterned linoleum flooring is commonly used in offices. This low-maintenance type of flooring is biodegradable and hypoallergenic, and does not trap bacteria or dust.

• Laminate – Its different designs resemble ceramic, wood and stone. Mark and stain-resistant, it is used in shopping centres and offices.

• Ceramic tile – Sold as glazed and unglazed and in many styles and colours, this is the easy-to-clean kind. Though expensive than the others, it proves cost-effective in the long run. For commercial use, the non-slip variety is a must. This is chosen for use in food outlets and leisure centres.

• Rubber – Sturdy, stain-resistant and easy to clean, it is ideal for any commercial space that has high foot traffic like sports facilities, industrial space, medical centres and even schools.

Handy Hints:

• Rubber flooring is commonly seen in sports and health centres

• Laminate and vinyl are popular options for retail shops, offices

• Though pricey, ceramic tiles are cost-effective in the long run

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Source: Saadiya Ahmad, Special to Properties

The writer is a freelancer


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