Whether you’ve just moved into a brand new office or you’re looking to revamp your current one, it can be difficult to know what approach to take. Perhaps you want to create a space that’s sleek and stylish to impress clients, or maybe you’d like an office that’s warm and welcoming to make staff members feel at home. Whatever your design preferences are, practicality should be kept in mind at all times when designing a workplace and the flooring you choose can have a massive impact.
Flooring is the foundation that the rest of your office will be built upon and it has the power to set the tone for the entire room. A floor should be functional whilst also enhancing the visual appeal of the office and, most importantly, it should be hard-wearing to stand the test of time. A busy office is likely to experience high volumes of foot traffic on a daily basis and as well as maintaining it’s visual appeal, it must be resilient to ensure it doesn’t need to be repaired or replaced further down the line.
There are tons of factors to consider when selecting appropriate flooring for your office and in a market where even the choices have choices, making a final decision can feel somewhat overwhelming. To help you decide which type of flooring is best for your office space, we’ve analysed five different materials, one of which could be just the ticket to making your office complete.
Whilst carpet is commonly used in residential properties, it can also be an ideal flooring solution for commercial buildings. In addition to being soft underfoot and comfortable to walk on, carpet has a warm and welcoming quality that is likely to appeal to and with this in mind, it will likely appeal to both potential employees, existing employees and clients. Further to this, several studies have shown that carpets absorb sound much more effectively than other flooring options and by lowering noise levels, they can help to create a more productive working environment.
Depending on the fibres used, carpet can also be extremely durable, making it perfect for a busy workplace. However, there is another side to this argument. A bustling office is likely to be susceptible to spillages, footprints and a general build up of dirt and with this in mind, carpeting may not necessarily be the best option. Whilst an office carpet can look stunning when it’s in tip-top condition, dirty marks and stains can significantly detract from the overall aesthetic of an office and as a floor covering that’s not particularly easy to clean, carpet could be a rather high-maintenance choice.
As well as being unsightly, a stained carpet can also be unhygienic and may not be conducive to a healthy workplace- but what are the other options?
Commercial carpet tiles
If you’re thinking that carpet may not necessarily be a practical floor covering for your entire office, carpet tiles can be a suitable alternative. Rather than purchasing a whole roll of carpet and having some left to spare, you can buy as many tiles as you need for an isolated area of your office. Perhaps you’d like carpet squares just to be in meeting rooms, or maybe you’d like them all over the office with the exception of the kitchen and washrooms. Whatever your preferences, laying commercial carpet tiles is a cost-effective way to renovate parts of your office building without wasting material.
Carpet tiles can also be put together like a jigsaw to create patterns that are utterly unique and make your workspace stand out and they can also be purchased in a variety of different colours and fibres to suit any and every office.
There’s no denying the aesthetic appeal that comes with carpeted floors and they can be extremely hard-wearing. However, if you require a floor that’s slightly easier to maintain, there are several other options out there.
As a floor covering with a smooth and water-resistant surface, vinyl is extremely easy to clean and is ideal for spillage prone rooms such as office kitchens and bathrooms. In addition to this, you can also purchase non-slip vinyl tiles and sheets to reduce the likelihood of trips and falls and increase workplace safety.
As well as being relatively inexpensive in comparison to other flooring options, vinyl tiles can also be bought in a range of colours and with different effects and finishes. There aren’t many drawbacks to a vinyl floor, which is perhaps why it is extremely popular with homeowners and business managers alike. However, vinyl that suffers excessive UV exposure can fade over time and further to this, a low-quality floor may become dented under heavy objects. On the whole though, vinyl is regarded as a strong and durable flooring option that can withstand high levels of footfall and with this in mind, it could be perfect for your new office.
That being said though, vinyl is a man-made product that requires large amounts of energy to be made- but what’s an environmentally friendly alternative?
Genuine linoleum is made from all natural materials and is often regarded as one of the most sustainable flooring options on the market. Similarly to vinyl, linoleum is extremely durable and versatile, making it suitable for use in a range of rooms in an office building. It’s also reasonably easy to clean and can be sealed to protect it against water damage.
An advantage that linoleum has over vinyl is that, subject to maintenance, it can last up to 20 years longer and many linoleum floors have a UV cured finish to ensure they maintain their aesthetic appeal. This floor covering comes in tile and sheet form and can be purchased in a wide variety of colours to complement every office decor style.
Whilst all the above-mentioned options have lots to offer in terms of both style and practicality, there is another material that prioritises safety above everything else.
Commercial rubber flooring
Rubber is naturally slip-resistant and is usually regarded as a safe flooring option. Whether you’d like your entire office to be finished with rubber floors or you’d simply like it installed on your stairs to minimise the likelihood of slips and falls, rubber lends itself to a wide range of applications and will undoubtedly increase safety in the workplace.
Similarly to vinyl, rubber is very easy to clean and is extremely resistant to wear and tear. Whilst it may not possess the warmth and comfort that carpet does, rubber floor tiles can be purchased in a variety of different sizes, shapes and colours to blend in seamlessly with any style of office and it’s also available in rolls for wider applications.
Rubber may not be a material you’d consider using for your entire office floor, but it can be applied to isolated areas such as office bathrooms, gyms and server rooms to improve safety in a fast-paced work environment and to meet exacting performance standards. For example, anti-static flooring is ideal for use in server rooms to prevent electrostatic discharges from causing damage, making it a practical choice for office spaces.
At Paynters Contract Flooring, we both supply and fit all of the above-mentioned flooring options to help you create a workplace that’s both stylish and practical.
In addition to offices, our flooring options lend themselves to a broad range of commercial buildings and our expert fitters will guarantee that yours is installed to the highest standard, ensuring it stands the test of time.
Whatever your style preferences, all of our flooring solutions come in an array of different colours and finishes to suit any commercial space and if you’re feeling overwhelmed, we can offer expert advice to help you pick the best style for your building.