The Perfect Flooring for Your Office
If the time has come to replace your office flooring, you might be wondering whether to stick with your existing type of floor covering – be that carpet, laminate or vinyl – or to switch to something new. Here is a quick overview of the most popular types of flooring for commercial offices and the pros and cons of each.
Carpet is a popular choice in many offices, absorbing noise and providing a comfortable surface upon which to walk. It also copes well with constantly-moving furniture, such as wheeled office chairs. Carpet tiles are generally a more practical option than a roll of carpet, as they are easy to replace if one is damaged or stained. Carpet is not always suitable in offices with very heavy foot traffic, as even heavy duty carpets can only withstand so much. Carpet is not generally recommended in offices that receive a large number of visitors on a daily basis due to the risk of staining and outside dirt being trodden in. Carpet is more difficult to thoroughly clean than other surfaces.
Wood is a classic and stylish choice, but office furniture can easily scratch softer woods. Tough laminates specifically designed for commercial use are a good compromise, as they can withstand wear and tear and occasional spills. They provide the pleasing look of wood without the high cost, but might make busy offices too noisy.
If you have an office that does not receive many visitors, does not experience heavy foot traffic and is not subjected to a great deal of wear and tear during the average working day, wood can be a timeless and extremely stylish choice.
Vinyl is a great choice for commercial premises, as it is tough, durable, versatile, and comes in a huge range of finishes. Vinyl can provide a cushioned surface, helping to absorb noise and feeling more comfortable to walk on than harder floors. It is easy to maintain and stands up well to spillages. It is perfect in commercial environments in which hygiene is a priority, as it can be cleaned with a variety of products or accessories as frequently as required; in addition, it won’t trap dirt or debris. It is also great for standing up to scratches and dents, but might not be suitable for high-end or prestigious businesses where a more classic appearance is desired.