Choosing the right commercial flooring is an important and long-term decision. And requires some preparation and research. There are many things that need to be taken into consideration during this process. We have put the most important points for you in this article.
The purpose of the area
Each floor area will have specific requirements. It is important to match the material you chose for the environment it will be placed in. Heavy traffic areas, like hallways and retail outlets, will need a more durable material than an office, where only the employees will walk in and out. A toilet area will need a water-resistant floor. But a factory floor will need a surface that can deal with heavy load objects like forklift trucks and machines moving about. Hygiene requirements also influence the decision. A restaurant kitchen or hospital will need a floor that is easy to clean. And maybe even have antibacterial and antimicrobial additives incorporated.
Aesthetics and Design
In many cases architectural choices are made while keeping the overall design in mind. Incorporating company colours and logos can be the right decision in some areas. For other situations, especially in the areas exposed to frequent pedestrians, it will not be the best choice. And of course, with all the millions of options there are, it is very tempting to go for something more edgy or contemporary.
The initial cost of purchasing and fitting the flooring is only the beginning. And even though this is an important part of the decision process, it should not end there. Sometimes choosing a more expensive option might turn out less expensive in the future. Chequer plate flooring might not only be easier to install, but also will need less maintenance and last longer.
Health & Safety
Especially in areas where people can walk in with wet shoes (unfortunately here, in the UK, we are regularly doused in rain), or where there is the possibility of the occasional spillage that could make the floor slippery, it is important to keep Health & Safety in mind.
It is vital to investigate the possibility of getting a flooring that is slip resistant in areas where there could be a safety problem. Keep your customers, employees, suppliers and yourself safe.
Foremost in restaurant kitchens and hospitals it is important to get it right. Floors need to be anti-slip, easy to clean and sanitise. There can’t be any cracks as germs and bacteria will happily grow there, besides causing trip hazards.
A rather forgotten fact is that carpets collect dirt easier than any other type of floor finish. And even when cleaned regularly, these dirt particles get disturbed and start circulating in the air. People who suffer from asthma or allergies might be affected by such type of floor. Hard floors are much easier to clean and will definitely help improve air quality.
The usual wear and tear can also take its toll on your floor. And accidental damages can occur too. Is it possible to repair or replace part of the flooring? Or will you have to replace the entire floor?
Besides repairs it is also important to keep the floor looking presentable. Especially if your customers frequently visit your premises. Is there a treatment to make your floor look like new again, without having to go through lengthy, invasive and expensive procedures? A clean and well-maintained building will give a very good impression towards your customers. If you take care of your working environment, your customers will trust you to take care of them too.
How much use will the floor get? Heavy footfall or heavy machinery will be much more demanding on your floor. Commercial floors need to be durable and long lasting. Maybe this will limit the choices that you have, but it is well worth paying attention to this.
In summary, there are numerous things to keep in mind when choosing the flooring for all the different areas on your premises. We are happy to help guide you through the decision process. Just give us a call.