Choosing the right flooring for your commercial office space
- On February 8, 2022
- best flooring for office spaces, commerical office flooring, Contract Flooring, Office Carpet Tiles, Office Flooring, office flooring design
The impact of the office.
As a result of the pandemic, many organisations are re-evaluating their office space, considering the floor space they require to operate their business. The shift towards hybrid working seems here to stay – a blend of home and office working – but the need to make the office environment for staff and customers both appealing and functional remains a top priority for many business owners.
Choosing the right flooring for your office space
Offices can affect productivity and staff retention, so ensuring your office environment is carefully thought out is extremely important. A well-designed office interior will help attract new clients and staff, reduce maintenance and overhead costs, improve employee performance and well being. The right commercial office flooring blends aesthetics with functionality. Here are some considerations when choosing the best flooring for your office space.
High footfall areas like corridors, entrances or walkways will need to withstand increased wear and tear. The best high traffic floors tend to be scratch-resistant, to help with their appearance. In this case, we would recommend a luxury vinyl tile (LVT) or commercial-grade carpet to help with longevity whilst giving you the flexibility of a range of colours, finishes and textures to compliment any office interior.
The subfloor in your building will have a greater influence on your choice of flooring than you may think. Older buildings and conversations into office spaces tend to have wooden floorboards, whilst basement offices are more commonly concrete, whilst raised access panels are often found in fit-outs or newer buildings. Both carpet tiles and vinyl require a sound subfloor – LVT’s and Vinyl sheet preparation tends to take longer due to required the smoothing compound.
Some flooring types are more cost-effective than others and installation time can vary depending on several factors, such as subfloor preparation (see below) and the time it takes to install.
You will need to consider the cost of labour required to clean and maintain the flooring over the installation costs. Carpet Tiles are easier to spot replace, whilst Vinyl will be more suitable for meeting stringent hygiene standards.
Different Types of Office Flooring
With 1000’s of different flooring types on the market, it can be a hard choice knowing which office flooring is best for your business. A good starting point would be to consider your budget, maintenance and installation costs and the footfall.
Carpet tiles remain one of the most popular choices for customers who are looking to create unique office spaces with their versatility in creating an endless array of colours and patterns. Carpet tiles are more easily replaced when damaged and can help with acoustic levels in open spaces.
Vinyl flooring is hardwearing and easy to maintain, making it a popular choice for high footfall areas and industries with a strong emphasis on infection control and maintenance.
Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT’s)
Luxury vinyl tiles deliver both a high-end finish to a room, whilst also providing a strong and durable surface for commercial applications.
Whether you like contemporary or rustic floors or perhaps a traditional look, luxury vinyl tiles meet both the demands of function and the aesthetics of form.
Entrance matting helps with the longevity of the internal floor covering by considerably reducing dirt and moisture from tracking into the building. Installing entrance matting is often the first step in a maintenance programme and adhering to health and safety guidelines to help minimise the risk of slip accidents caused by wet surfaces.