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Last week, in our 6-part series on updating your flooring, we talked about the maintenance of flooring in determining the kind of flooring you might choose.
Next, what style do you want to portray with your flooring?
There are options ranging from elegant marble tiles, to modern carpet tiles with pops of bright colors, to broadloom sophisticated carpets for executive suites, to crisp clean porcelain tile, and every style in-between. We can even offer any type of specialty flooring you may need to access underfloor wiring, entry mat systems, rubber athletic flooring and much more.
In fact, if you don’t know the answer to this, we are pretty good at guiding you in a direction that will suite your space. You can always come into Interior Surface and see our showroom to touch, feel and see many options next to each other.
Last week, in our 6-part series on updating your flooring, we talked about how it’s important to consider several factors before you start your flooring project.
This week, we tackle budgeting. So, to get started, there is one important question to answer: how long do you expect the flooring to perform in your facility?
Flooring comes with several performance ranges. For example, we have carpeting that can be replaced every 2 years and other options that need replaced up to every 10-15 years. This varies significantly and we want to make sure if you plan on moving in a couple of years that we don’t necessarily provide you with a 15 year carpet.
Or on the other end of the spectrum, if you own your building and want the carpet to last 15 years, we need to know that up front so we can ensure we are providing you with the appropriate options for longevity in your flooring.
So, ask yourself that most important question because it could mean the difference in the bottom line.
You have made the decision to update your flooring, CONGRATULATIONS! New flooring provides a whole new look to your space that will make your business look more professional, clean and inviting to your customers. Now What?
You want your flooring to reflect your businesses personality but you don’t know where to go from there. Unlike painting a wall, flooring is more permanent and you can’t just decide you don’t like it and try again. This is the perfect time to bring in a Flooring Specialist to guide you through the exciting process of updating your flooring. The six areas to discuss with your flooring specialist are:
Choosing flooring that meets the unique needs of these different elements will ensure you are completely satisfied with your flooring and are able to enjoy it for years to come, without the dreaded buyer’s remorse.
The first time you meet with your flooring specialist plan on spending about an hour during the information gathering session. If you have access to an electronic blueprint of the floor plan of your space it is very helpful to e-mail that before the first session. If you do not have access to that, no problem at all! Your flooring specialist can go the old-fashioned route and measure with a tape measurer or electronic device. Several questions you should discuss together are:
What did you like about the current flooring?
How long was this flooring in your space?
Are you updating the entire look of the space?
Is there another business where you love their flooring?
Once you establish some basic direction then you can begin answering the 6 elements needed to choose the perfect flooring.
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)!
So your business is thinking about up-grading your flooring, and laminate looks to be a great, cost-effective choice? Well a lot of businesses have been migrating back towards laminate flooring. So here are some of the top brands that our company has had great luck with!
Light commercial laminate flooring products are appropriate for small businesses that receive a moderate to light amount of foot traffic. These include offices, boutiques, and computer labs.
-Diamond Living Piano
-Quick-Step Classic Flaxen
Heavy commercial laminate flooring products are used in areas that have heavy foot traffic and contain heavy furniture/equipment. These include lobbies, cafeterias, doctors/dentist offices, and beauty salons.
Now as you review these brands, we have a few tips that might help point you in the right direction.
First, consider the amount of traffic your floor will encounter. More traffic obviously indicates the need for heavy commercial flooring instead of light-duty flooring.
Then, consider the traffic other than foot traffic. Products designed for standard foot traffic will not be able to withstand “rolling loads” from carts, dollies, or forklifts for very long.
And finally, determine the extra features such as chemical resistance, gouge resistance, or recovery form heavy stationary object.
With these three considerations, you should be able to decide the best type of commercial laminate flooring for your business.
So your business is trying to go green? We want to make sure your business is well informed on eco-friendly commercial flooring. Let’s start with three tips that should help to steer you in the right direction.
1) Look for flooring that is sustainable. Hardwood flooring can be made from bamboo or sustainably grown timbers. We also suggest finding carpet tiles that have a GECA certification (Good Environmental Choice of America).
2) Look for durability. Durability is obviously a prime consideration in commercial flooring. Heavy traffic is usually encountered, and flooring must be resistant to damage as well as general wear. Look for carpet with a dense loop pile construction which can be incorporated with vinyl flooring. Durably also means that it will last longer and, environmentally speaking, you will have less waste than cheaper alternatives in the long run.
3) Look for flooring that doesn’t produce excess waste. On average, 10% of broadloom carpet purchased is wasted on installation, because the broad rolls must be cut to shape. The wastage for modular carpet tiles is only 3-4%
By keeping these three tips in mind, your business will be heading in an environmentally conscious direction. A direction that your business can be proud of!
There are many considerations to look at when designing a commercial space. In addition to many industry-specific requirements, commercial spaces need to handle heavy traffic and create a comfortable and safe setting for employees and guests. As such, the demands on commercial flooring are very different to those in a private home!
Durability is a prime consideration when designing a commercial space. Heavy traffic is usually faced, and flooring must be resilient to damage as well as general wear and tear. Carpet tiles with a dense loop pile construction, incorporated with vinyl flooring is one option that is great for heavy traffic. And while hardwood looks great, it is not as durable as one might think!
For help with your commercial flooring project, contact Interior Surface of Kansas City.
A great tip when looking for flooring for a large commercial space, is to consider a material that will help improve air quality. A common misconception is that hard flooring is better for asthmatics, allergy sufferers, and for general air quality. Many believe this because they think hard flooring reduces the number of fibers floating around in the air, when in face, it increases them.
Carpeting and carpet tiles trap dust, pollen, and other allergens in their fibers as soon as the airborne particles settle, until they are safely removed with a filtered vacuum cleaner. While hard flooring leaves the particles free to be stirred up by someone walking by such as employees or customers.
Contact us for a free bid, and help with creating a functional, comfortable, and beautifully designed commercial space!