Have you been spending too much time looking through office flooring options? Unless you’re an interior designer, picking the perfect office floor for any business can be quite difficult. After all, which materials are most affordable, but don’t compromise quality? Today, we’ll take a look at some basic tips every property manager should consider before selecting ‘the perfect’ commercial floor.
Option 1) Vinyl Plank Flooring
Unless you were a design expert, it would be difficult to tell the difference between vinyl and traditional timber flooring. Although vinyl has about half the life expectancy of solid timber flooring, it’s a perfect option for offices that need a hardwearing floor that will last a long time. Thanks to the advanced printing technology now used to create floors like the Hurford Cinabar, you can install sophisticated commercial flooring on a tight budget.
Option 2) Solid Timber Flooring
Hardwood flooring is timeless, sophisticated, and inherently durable. When it comes to commercial flooring, it’s difficult to find a floor with a better long-term Return on Investment (ROI). Unlike many other types of floors, solid timber planks can last for decades. Not only does this allow you to focus on your business rather than interior upgrades, you’ll only need a new floor once every 20 + years. Because other commercial flooring options (like vinyl and carpet) will only last up to 15 years, you’ll save money in the long run by investing in a long lasting floor.
Option 3) Cork Flooring
Next to bamboo, cork flooring is one of the most sustainable office flooring options available. Although it’s best known for being used as a wine bottle stopper, it has been used successfully since the 1800’s, and generated roughly $300,000 in revenue from flooring and wall coverings. But this eco-friendly product is good for more than just establishing an environmentally sound company. Cork flooring is also an excellent alternative for three additional reasons:
- A Timber Look Alike: The aesthetics of cork planks are very similar to solid timber, giving it a refined and sophisticated look that makes even the oldest office look more polished. One example of Cork’s resemblance to real timber is the lightly toned ReadyCork Vita Oak Antique plank, which looks strikingly similar to wood flooring.
- A Natural Sound Cushion: Because it’s naturally able to mask the sound of footfall and dropped objects, cork flooring is a remarkable option for office environments that value a quiet work environment.
- Hypoallergenic: As an employer or office manager, maintaining the health standards of your building is a constant battle. Unlike carpeting (which is commonly used in offices), cork flooring is hypoallergenic. Not only does this mean it will be better suited towards workers with allergies, it will also help to cut down on sicknesses caused by dust and debris locked in the flooring.
So, which of these office flooring options are best for your building? Vinyl flooring is a good option for businesses that need a quick and easy solution to their current floor, or are on a limited budget. Timber flooring is perfect for a long-term investment, and may add value to the property depending on the real estate market in your area. Finally, cork flooring can be used in place of timber if allergies or environmental consciousness is a primary concern during your renovation. If you have any further questions about picking the right type of flooring for your building, or need information on a specific type of plank style, contact us today for immediate assistance.