VINYL. Yes, vinyl. It’s the new hard wood. In fact, it’s better in every way: function, maintenance, aesthetics. Yes, I said aesthetics. Hard to believe until you start looking at the product out on the market. This is not your mother’s vinyl. In fact LVT (luxury vinyl tile, in industry terms) is the hottest commodity outpacing every other genre in the market.
Annette Callari, Allied ASID; Chair Holder Color Marketing Group International, says “If you are in the floor covering industry, you already know that LVT is giving porcelain tile, hardwood floors and natural stone a run for the money. Consumers have found a user-friendly floor system in LVT that gives the authentic beauty of natural materials, but at a more economical cost–and without the care and maintenance headaches.”
LVT can be replicated in almost any genre including woods, stones and tiles. Through engraving, the surface texture and distressing results in beauty you can see and feel. In fact, at first glance, experienced designers have difficulty deciphering whether it’s the real thing or LVT.
In terms of functionality, how do these floors stack up to their counterparts? Annette says, “The urethane coatings protect the floor from spills, scratches, scuffs and soil. Damp mopping with a low pH cleaner is all that’s needed. The floors have a low-sheen finish that never has to be reapplied. It’s a performance product that simplifies floor care to the extreme. Beach and desert communities love the product because it can stand up to tracked-in sand. Let’s see hardwood floors do that. I could give you a ton of technical specifications to back all this up, but let’s keep it simple. This is a discovery you need to make for yourself. I predict you will be astounded and ask the question: why haven’t I found this product sooner?”
If you are considering updating the flooring in your office, here is a quick reference for the top 5 most popular commercial flooring options. Hopefully this will help steer you in the right direction!
Easy to clean: Hard wood floors are very easy to clean as they do not accumulate a lot of dirt, dust, and debris. A weekly cleaning procedure involves vacuuming, moping and keeping the floor dry. That’s it!
High quality look: Hard wood floors give an elegant aesthetic and high-end look. Hard wood floors offer the warmth, beauty and value of wood and it never goes out of style. Hard wood floors are also said to enable a look of spaciousness wherever they are installed.
Strength and durability: High quality hard wood floors that are kiln-dried, manufactured, installed and finished to certain standards can last for generations. The hard wood floors are tough, hard-wearing, and have long term durability. They can stand up to active workspaces and heavy foot traffic.
A Good investment: Choosing hard wood floors increases the value of your property. It is a great long-term investment and can actually become a strong resale argument, exceeding the initial installation cost of the floors. It also enables a faster sale and brings higher prices at the time of resale.
Refinishing: In areas of heavy traffic, hardwood flooring can be refinished after years of wear to bring it back to life.
Economical: Commercial carpet tiles are a budget friendly floor covering. Our commercial carpet tiles are factory overruns, discontinued, irregular and overstock items making it possible for us to sell them at 50% to 75% off retail pricing.
Quality Construction:Commercial carpet tiles have been used in airports, hospitals and office buildings for years. Their heavy duty backing and quality construction ensures that they won’t unravel with use.
High Traffic Areas: Commercial carpet tile is designed to take the abuse that comes with high traffic areas. Durability is key when choosing a flooring product for your commercial space. Our commercial carpet tile is high quality and professional grade.
Durability:If your commercial space gets lots of foot traffic, you can extend the life of your commercial carpet tiles by rotating them through the space. Simply move commercial carpet tiles from heavily trafficked areas to less trafficked areas to extend their life span.
Design flexibility: Vinyl sheet flooring and tile are available in myriad styles and colors. Vinyl tile is available in shapes that can be custom cut and laid out in patterns using different colors or finishes. Tiles can be arranged, for example, to depict a corporate logo or to guide traffic in a hospital or retail setting. Virtually any look can be obtained to suit any decor, including classic looks that simulate wood and ceramic. Custom-made designs are easily created using sheet vinyl flooring.
Resilience: Vinyl flooring reduces noise and provides comfort underfoot. Unlike such hard surfaces as wood, laminate, terrazzo or ceramic tile, vinyl floors have “give” and thus are referred to as “resilient” flooring.
Durability: Vinyl flooring is durable and time-tested, maintaining its beauty under heavy foot traffic and use. It is moisture and stain resistant, so spills can be easily removed. When compared with alternative materials, vinyl offers an attractive installed cost with economical maintenance over the life of the floor.
Aesthetics: Today’s vinyl floors are made to enhance the aesthetic features of an interior environment. While often mimicking the look of other hard surfaces, they are “warmer” than ceramic tile. Designers can use pattern and color to make a large room seem smaller or a small room more expansive. And since vinyl is durable, the color and original appearance will last longer with routine maintenance.
Safety features: A wide range of both tile and sheet vinyl floors are available with enhanced slip-retardant surfaces. These floors are suitable for a variety of commercial and institutional applications. Because they are vinyl, these slip-resistant surfaces can be easily cleaned. Check with manufacturers for vinyl floors designed to meet other special needs like static control.
Long Term Durability – Concrete floors have increased abrasion resistance and they don’t scratch, peel, chip, or yellow.
Low cost maintenance – Since you do not have to wax concrete or apply a coating, there is little maintenance to be done.
Safe Floor – Concrete flooring is one of the safest flooring choices for commercial buildings. Because they hold up better and can withstand high traffic, it is institute (NFSI) certified as “high traction”
Durability: Tile is one of the most elegant and durable flooring options that you could use in a commercial space.
Replacement: depending on the type of tile you use in your commercial space, you can often replace certain areas of the floor rather than replace the entire floor.
Maintenance: You will have to maintain a tile floor. Retaining the gloss by waxing the vinyl floor tiles with floor waxes is helpful, too, as well as regular sweeping and scrubbing of the flooring.
I could go on and on about pros and cons between different commercial flooring options. I hope this has served to inform and narrow down your commercial flooring choices. If we can help clarify or speak into your flooring options please don’t be afraid to contact us HERE
With the soon arrival of fall comes the increase in allergens in the air causing what has come to be known as “hay fever”. Some folks have allergies so badly they spend most of their time indoors just to escape. But what about pesky dust mites—those puppies are always lurking! So where do you escape?
To combat the dusty indoors, many people will install a product which has traditionally been believed to thwart dust i.e. wood, marble, tile, etc. However, an interesting phenomenon occurred in Sweden when citizens started “deselecting” carpet as a choice for flooring in 1975, where there were just under a million claiming allergic reactions. By 1990, a report was made that found that number had increased to just over three million. The market showed that carpet use dropped from 40% in the mid 70’s to only 2% in 1992.
Here’s where it gets interesting (for those of you who hate reading stats). Even though the carpet had been deselected and removed down to only 2% of the homes in Sweden, the allergies did not decrease. In fact, this bold and brazen act of prejudice against carpet fibers did nothing to improve conditions for those allergic patients! How do you explain that!?
I’m glad you asked. Dr. Allan Hedge of Cornell University “actually found that carpet can improve indoor air quality by trapping allergens.” (Of course, that is assuming the consumer keeps their carpet clean on a regular basis and dry after any carpet cleaning process.) He found that dust and allergens are actually “stirred up” every time an air flow is increased on the floor like someone walking through a room, an air conditioner kicking on (which allergy sufferers prefer), a fan blowing, or heating unit and then virtually “re-suspends them in the breathing zone.”
So what does carpet do, then? Dr. Hedge points out that “the carpet traps the dust particles and allergens, thus preventing them from being re-suspended into the breathing zone and making carpet a BETTER product (yes, he said BETTER) for persons with asthma and allergies.
“So what about harmful chemicals in carpet?” you ask. There’s an answer for that, as well. According to Frank Hurd in an article written in Tuft Talk, April 2012, “Since the 1990’s the carpet industry has created the Green Label Program which evaluates all potential emissions after the carpet has been installed for 24 hours and certifies products that release half or fewer of the emissions considered safe.” The new carpet smell is “4PCH”, a byproduct of latex used in bonding the carpet components together. Hurd says, “the level of off-gassing from carpet is too low to elicit irritant responses and, hence, too low to act as a trigger for asthma.” He suggests “airing out” the home upon installing new carpet to allow the gasses to disseminate, since it is a very “short-lived emission”, which should disappear quickly.
So, allergy sufferers, good news! You CAN enjoy carpet. You don’t have to endure hardwoods if you really enjoy that lush, plush feeling of carpet under your 10 piggies. See us at Interior Surface and we can help you pick out a beauty of a carpet (or hardwoods or tile or any surface)!