Choosing the Right Flooring Materials for Your Office
Flooring can make a very big statement in an office, but finding the right flooring for your space takes a lot of careful thought. When you’re choosing flooring for an office, appearance is only one thing to think about. The ideal flooring for your space involves finding a balance between appearance, durability, maintenance needs, and how well it will function within a space. And, of course, there’s also the challenge of finding an option that meets all of those needs while also fitting in your budget.
For a classic look, it’s hard to beat wood or stone flooring. These will never go out of style and they tie in perfectly with the biophilic design movement that has been extremely popular in recent years. But going with real hardwood or stone floors can be very expensive and require special care. The good news is that it’s possible to get the look of hardwood or stone floors at a lower price point and without some of the headaches. There are lots of faux options, such as porcelain tile, that look very much like the real deal.
Concrete floors have become a very popular flooring option for companies who want an edgy, modern, industrial vibe for their space. It’s very durable and versatile, with lots of possibilities with staining and stamping to create a unique look. When it comes to price, that can vary depending on how simple or complex you want your floor’s design to be. However, it’s important to remember that it can have a big impact on your space as a whole. For example, many companies with concrete floors end up with higher heating bills because concrete doesn’t hold heat very well. Or if people are often working at standing desks, they will need mats to make standing more comfortable. And since concrete can help noise carry, it’s important to think about other acoustic control measures.
Carpeting, on the other hand, is a more comfortable flooring option for people who spend lots of time standing or walking and can help keep noise levels under control. While it can require some work in terms of maintenance and cleaning, this can be minimized through the type of carpet being used, but it still might not be the most durable solution for areas that get the most traffic. If you like the idea of carpet but are concerned about it getting stained, you might want to consider carpet tiles so that damaged sections can easily be replaced without having to replace all of the carpet in a room.
Vinyl is another great flooring option to consider. Today’s vinyl flooring is very different from the old fashioned vinyl flooring that you might remember from your parents’ kitchen. Modern luxury vinyl tiles are known for their durability and are available in many fashionable styles. These vinyl tiles are another option that can also look very convincingly like natural materials like wood and stone, giving you a way to get that beautiful look at a lower price point.
While choosing the right flooring for an office involves a lot of thinking about practical factors, that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun. With so many options out there, there’s a lot of room to get creative. Remember that you don’t necessarily have to pick one type of flooring to use throughout your entire space. Go ahead and mix and match! One type of flooring might work better in one area than in others and many companies like to use different types of flooring to create definition between different sections of the office.
Need help choosing the right flooring for your new office? Let Premier Construction & Design help. Premier has experience working on commercial renovation projects for businesses in a wide range of industries. Take a look at our portfolio to see examples of projects we’ve worked on and contact us when you’re ready to get started.
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