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A Guide to Commercial Flooring Options

commercial flooringWhen choosing an office carpet, a number of factors are important to consider. Not only do you want it to reflect the style and character of your work space, but you also need it to be durable enough to withstand a high footfall on a daily basis.

Here at CPS Interiors, we understand the importance of finding the right flooring for your office. We’ve listed some of the options to you below, and have explained the pros and cons of each.

Carpet Tiles

Pros:

  • Carpet tiles are often self-adhesive or held down by their own weight, making them easier to install and replace than a typical full carpet.
  • Individual tiles can be easily removed for cleaning, or completely replaced if damaged.
  • Using different colours or patterns allows for a range of options for designing your office space.

Cons:

  • If care is not taken upon installation, the seams of carpet tiles may be seen or appear disjointed.
  • Carpet tiles can wear down with high footfall and may need replacing with time.
  • Carpet is not ideal for areas prone to moisture, such as bathrooms or kitchens, as it may become subject to damp or mould.

Vinyl Tiles

Pros:

  • Vinyl is one of the least expensive types of flooring to choose from and easy to install, but can still emulate a range of designs such as wood or stone flooring for a high-end look.
  • The material’s ‘wear’ layer is resistant to dirt and water, making it durable and easy to maintain and clean. Vinyl is ideal for kitchens and bathrooms as it can cope with water and temperature changes, and can also withstand a lot of use.
  • Its soft texture makes this flooring choice comfortable to stand on for long periods of time.

Cons:

  • Sharp objects can damage vinyl, so care must be taken when moving heavy furniture, as if it does get damaged it is difficult to patch, and will probably need to be completely replaced.
  • Vinyl can emit volatile organic compounds (VOC) when new due to the chemicals used when it is manufactured, potentially provoking asthma and respiratory problems, although less of these chemicals are used by manufacturers since 2010.

Laminate Flooring

Pros:

  • Laminate’s 4-layer composition makes it one of the most durable choices, as it’s ‘wear’ layer protects the material from impacts.
  • It is resistant to wear and staining, and is a long-lasting flooring material that will not fade in direct sunlight.
  • Most laminated flooring is fitted using interlocking planks with a dry glue already on the product, meaning it is quick and easy to install.
  • Laminate is an inexpensive alternative to hardwood flooring, but can still be designed to emulate the same look.

Cons:

  • It can be quite hard and slippery underfoot and noisy when walked across, so may not be best suited to a busy office where the sound could be distracting to employees.
  • Laminate flooring does not insulate a room well, which can mean higher costs in heating.
  • If laminate flooring is damaged or becomes warped over time, it cannot be finished or repaired – often it must be replaced.

Hardwood

Pros:

  • Hardwood is a very popular classic flooring choice that will add a touch of elegance to any interior, great for reception or meeting areas where making an impact on guests is important.
  • Hardwood is extremely durable, and can last a lifetime if cared for properly. It is easy to clean and, should it be damaged by wear and tear, the surface can just be refinished rather than completely replaced.
  • Hardwood flooring won’t store dust like carpet will, so will be a lot more popular if you have several people with allergies in the office!

Cons:

  • The cost to install hardwood flooring will be a lot higher than any of the other flooring options; however it will also add more value to the building so can be a worthwhile investment.
  • Hardwood, like laminate, can be a poor noise insulator so may not be suitable where the constant sound of people walking across the floor is going to be distracting.
  • Wooden flooring can be vulnerable to moisture, so is not suitable for areas where it may get wet, such as kitchens or bathrooms.

Here at CPS Interiors, we understand that getting the balance between the right look and practicality is important. We offer a comprehensive range of commercial flooring options that can enhance your office space and make a real impact on your employees and visitors alike. Whatever your requirements, contact our expert team today to discuss your flooring needs, and we’ll be happy to help.

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