When it comes to commercial flooring, you have to think about it a bit differently than you would about flooring at home. Traffic will be much greater and unfortunately, the people treading the floors will probably not give it as much care as they would in a private residence. For these reasons, installing something constructed specifically for commercial purposes is necessary. So, what is the best flooring for commercial use? In this post, we’ll give you a few ideas.
Polished concrete is one of the mainstays of commercial buildings such as shopping malls, grocery stores, large office buildings and other non-residential spaces. It’s durable, good-looking, highly affordable and relatively easy to clean. Believe it or not, polished concrete can also cut down on lighting costs due to its high reflectivity.
Stained concrete is popular because it can be easily made to replicate the looks of other, far more expensive flooring materials, such as marble or stone. Some stained concrete can even be made to look like wood. The fact that its concrete also makes it much more durable than many of these more expensive materials.
While you may think of vinyl as rather delicate, improvements in technology have made this material highly popular in commercial settings. There are several different types that can be used, such as vinyl composition tile (VCT,) luxury vinyl tile (LVT,) and vinyl sheet flooring. The advantages of vinyl are its ease of installation, waterproof qualities and its ability to absorb sound. You can also choose from a wide variety of looks with vinyl as it can easily mimic other, more expensive, flooring materials.
Commercial laminate floorings are often chosen for their great looks at a relatively low cost. Laminates are generally durable, easy to maintain and can match the look of other, more expensive, commercial flooring types. Laminates can also be stain and scratch-resistant which can make them an attractive option in certain commercial settings.
Rubber is often thought of as a specialized commercial flooring material that’s suited to places like kitchens and hospitals. It may not be the most beautiful flooring material, but it provides a waterproof, slip-resistant and highly-cushioned surface that makes it ideal for these kinds of settings.