Commercial Flooring

There are two main options for a company that is looking into commercial flooring. This begins with the choice of using either a commercial floor coating or a commercial floor covering. Commercial flooring generally refers to the flooring in a business that serves an active and live client base. This is compared to the flooring in a factory or production environment.


Commercial flooring will see an active flow of customers and this defines a new set of criteria for flooring choices. In addition to a greater flow of traffic than a manufacture environment, there are a few more differences. The first of these is the fact that the look of the flooring can alter revenue directly. A dirty or stained floor will drive out customer whether they are aware of why they are leaving or not.


Subconsciously a customer will feel uncomfortable if the floor is unattractive. They will spend less time in the location and will likely not return. If the business sells food or serves food, the potential for lost business is even greater. No one wants to order food from an establishment that cannot maintain a clean and attractive floor.


The second difference with a commercial floor versus a manufacturing environment is the lack of a defined traffic pattern. Yes, a business will have areas that get more traffic than others, but a factory will have very well defined traffic patterns. Businesses see the majority of the traffic in the entrance and exit area and a few areas that have very popular products. Other than that, the traffic will disperse once they have left the entry point to the store.


What does all this mean when choosing flooring? The answer is a great deal. A commercial floor covering will stand up better to abuse. It is thicker and can take direct abuse to a greater degree than any coating. The downside is that any damage done will be harder to cover and harder to get rid of. Commercial floor coatings are more like a wax.


Commercial floor coatings are chemical based, rather than material based. That means that the cost is lower than that of coverings. At the same time a coating can fade and is less protectant against direct damage. There can be a level of maintenance to a coating that is higher than that of the commercial floor covering. There may be the need for weekly waxing and buffing and if this is done in the wrong manner the dirt is made more permanent.


A small business may wish to start with a floor covering. The initial investment is higher, but the need for maintenance is negligible and it will last longer. This lets a new business put the cost behind them and not have to worry about covering the overhead of upkeep for the floor. A business already has a high enough set of monthly bills to worry about without needing to pay to have the floors done once a week.


Permanent fixtures, like shelves and displays will cause more long term damage to floor coatings. If the fixtures are not going to be moved during the operation of the business, this is not much of an issue. However, a business that plans on moving things around frequently should take this issue into account when choosing how to do their floors.


When it comes to flooring, the initial cost should not be ignored just to save a little money. There are a good number of less expensive options that are not the bottom of the line. Trying to save too much money in the beginning will just mean putting out another large investment down the line. As an example, a business owner may be able to do the initial floors for $1000 versus $2500. That $1500 in savings may turn out meaning an extra $500 per year in upkeep or it may turn into a complete replacement down the road.


Once the choice between a commercial floor coating and a commercial floor covering is made, new choices arrive. There is the obvious matter of choosing a look and the choice whether the entire floor should have an identical look or not. Indeed there is a lot to decide on when choosing commercial flooring. One may wish to visit a business that is developed in the same manner as theirs and look around.


Much larger corporations, such as major grocery chains have put thousands of dollars into choosing the right floors for their locations. They base their choices on the same criteria that you should be using and that means that you can take advantage of their hard work and look at why they have chosen certain types of floors. One will find when comparing large corporate locations that they share many characteristics in flooring.


Lighter colors tend to make locations brighter and make the entire area seem larger. Certain types of products being sold will make it necessary to use dark colors to add intimacy to a location. Dark colors hide damage and stains. Patterns of large squares push attention away from the floor and toward the products. These are all pieces of information that large corporations spent thousands of dollars to determine and that information is there for you to use.


Commercial centers that do office work may have a narrower group of choices available. Carpeting is difficult to care for and should be avoided if possible. Any liquid that is spilled unto carpeting can easily become a permanent stain that is unappealing. Medical offices that provide treatment should almost always avoid carpeting; Disinfection of patient areas is easier and more effective on tile floors.


Once a choice is made and the flooring has been installed, the business owner should adhere strictly to any upkeep instructions. Trying to save a little money can cause permanent damage or permanent poor appearance of the flooring. There have even been businesses that attempted to handle the upkeep themselves and done such damage as waxing dirt into the floor. That means that what was a cleanable surface is now a near permanent eye sore.


The options are near endless and there is no reason to not ask questions before making a final choice. A business owner should take their time and choose well, as this may be a choice that last for years. He or she should keep in mind cost, the customer and the overall long term cost of upkeep.