Beauty Plus Durability: What Are Your Commercial Flooring Options?

Of course you want a beautiful floor for your showroom, restaurant, health clinic or other public commercial facility -- but you also need a durable floor that will earn its keep over the many years of heavy use to come. If you think you can't have both due to fears of scratching that expensive hardwood surface or shattering that nice ceramic tile, put those fears aside and consider these adaptable, good-looking flooring materials for your business.

Vinyl 

Vinyl is a remarkably versatile material capable of taking on variety of looks and patterns, mimicking everything from ceramic tile to natural wood. It's also relatively inexpensive compared to the more delicate natural counterparts. Vinyl flooring is extremely durable and can take a real beating while also being easy to clean, making it a smart choice for high-traffic parts of your facility. There are two basic forms of it to consider:

  • Vinyl sheet flooring - Vinyl sheet flooring comes in long, wide rolls and is cut to fit an individual room or space during installation. It is usually glued straight on top of the area's existing concrete substrate. This material is relatively thin and can wrinkle or bubble without careful application. But it's especially useful in bathrooms and other damp areas because it's impervious to water damage or saturation.
  • Vinyl plank flooring - This form of vinyl flooring is a significant step up in looks and comfort from vinyl sheet flooring, especially if you opt for the kind in which the planks lock together instead of being glued down. Individual vinyl planks look like real hardwood, but at $3 to $4 per square foot they're a lot cheaper than the real thing (which can cost up to $12 per square foot). Vinyl plank flooring just as durable and easy to clean as its sheet-based cousin.

Concrete

If you need  to cover a large, open commercial space with flooring that's cost effective, slip resistant and colored to match your company colors exactly, you may want to take a good long look at stained and/or colored concrete. This industrial-strength option may already be sitting under your employees' feet, serving as the supporting substrate for some other flooring material. The great advantage of concrete is the many ways you can customize its look for your business. The right combination of staining, etching, color-matching, polishing and texturing can produce a genuinely one-of-a-kind result.

Restaurants are an ideal environment for concrete flooring. You can put down a single material for the entire interior space, provide it with a gorgeous finish for your guests, and know at the same time that you've got a strong, grippy surface for your waitstaff to dash around on safely and efficiently.

Rubber

The thought of a customer or employee slipping and falling on your commercial facility's floor and then suing your organization for damages is the stuff nightmares are made of. Are you putting down flooring for a kitchen, dishwashing area, pet bathing clinic or health spa? If so, then consider using rubber as a strong, resilient and (most importantly) non-slip flooring solution.

Rubber flooring is available in both natural rubber and synthetics, ether of which can make a fine, tough, long-lasting choice for your "wet space." Not only does textured rubber offer significant grip for pedestrians, but it can also stand up to scrubbing after scrubbing at the end of a long messy day's work. You don't have to give anything up in the way of aesthetics, either -- modern rubber floors come in a variety of elegant colors and finishes.

As you can see, some commercial flooring products are as dazzling as they are durable. Ask your local flooring installer or home improvement provider, someone like Millennium Floor Covering in Orleans, which of these options might make perfect sense for your facility!

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