When selecting a flooring material for your facility, you need to take a close look at maintenance requirements, as they play a big part in the overall lifetime cost of a flooring product. Maintenance costs sometimes exceeding the upfront material and installation costs. That’s why it’s important to frame material selection in terms of long-term value rather than upfront cost. Any flooring requires regular maintenance, and certainly the higher the traffic, the more frequently it may need to be maintained, and ultimately replaced. Long-term value should be the goal of flooring material selection.
Beyond long term value, another important consideration associated with the selection of commercial flooring, is location application. Do you want the flooring to provide any measure of noise dampening? Frequently, in areas such as waiting rooms, or personal offices, a high quality flooring that is quiet underfoot is appropriate. Carpet will help people feel more at home, relaxed and comfortable. Extra traction, non-slip surfaces are especially important in wet areas, such as entry foyers, restaurant kitchens, garden centers, and other moist environments. Glossy tiles or marble would be elegant, but would pose a problem in areas that are high traffic and potentially moist. Mall play areas, or other locations where recreation may also include falls, may necessitate a resilient, cushioned flooring to help prevent injury.
Luxury vinyl tile, quarry tile, epoxy flooring systems, carpet tile, and polished concrete are five of the most durable, lower cost flooring available on the commercial market today. Other options are also available. Evaluate the size, location, and specifications of your flooring job with the help of Kruper’s specialists They will assist in the selection of a flooring that meets your comfort, durability, cost and maintenance requirements.
The best commercial flooring for your business depends a lot on the line of business you are in! Your business needs and style play a large role when making your decision.
Some questions to ask yourself as you make your choice are:
-Does the area receive heavy foot traffic?
-What is my budget?
-What is your subfloor made out of?
-Will you need to frequently clean the floors?
-What impression are you hoping to create for your clientele?
-Are you looking for durability or elegance?
Keeping these questions in mind, there are many flooring options which may work for your business. Popular options include wood, tile, carpet, or vinyl but a flooring specialist could have another suggestion to fit your needs.
Wood floors are classic and never go out style, as well as durable and easy to clean. With the right finish, wood floors can last a very long time while also providing an elevated interior look. Hardwood floors however can be very vulnerable to moisture, scratches, and dents so if your space receives heavy foot traffic or is right inside an entryway where people may be coming in with wet shoes, you may prefer a different option that will show less wear and tear.
Tile offers many styles and colors to choose from, as well as durability and stain resistance. Tile can easily be used in high-traffic areas although it may not be comfortable for employees to stand for long periods of time on tile floors. You may also wish to consider a different material if your business is a noisy environment, since tile will not dampen sound.
Carpet is a common choice since it is budget friendly, adds insulation and comfort, and lowers noise levels. Carpet does require more maintenance in terms of cleaning and can be difficult to keep clean if the area is prone to spills or stains. You may also wish to avoid carpet if your business involves high moisture levels or high traffic doors since dampness lead to staining and mildew.
Vinyl flooring is versatile and can be installed in a variety of colors or designs. It is budget friendly and low maintenance, holding up well to high foot traffic without scratches or dents. Vinyl may not give your business the wow factor that another material might and can be difficult to remove when it is time to change your flooring again.
Work with a flooring specialist to make the right choice for your business!
Northern Virginia is very low on commercial real estate, so if you find a space to create your brick and mortar business, it’s important to make it shine both on the outside and on the inside. Curb appeal is quite important depending on what kind of business you have such as a clothing store, a restaurant, or if in a service-related industry. The focus you put on the outside of the dwelling should be just as important for the inside of your dwelling as well. The first thing your clients will notice is how inviting your space is, from the walls, to the décor, down to the floors. Choose flooring that both compliments the rest of the design, and has a positive effect on both your employees and your clients.
There are a few questions you should ask yourself before embarking on flooring; what design will your business have, is it traditional, modern, quirky? What emotional responses do you want to evoke? Also, ask yourself how comfortable the flooring should be to both your clients and your staff. How important is that? Also, ask yourself if the flooring you choose is easy and relative inexpensive to fix. Lastly, you should set some form of a budget and then allow a buffer for last minute changes or for miscellaneous expenses.
Vinyl flooring is quite popular for its long-lasting appeal. If you have high traffic like a retail store, consider vinyl to prevent damage, dents, scratches, etc. Vinyl is also very easy to clean.
Carpet tiles provide good insulation and the ability to remove certain tiles that have been damaged as opposed to replacing an entire store size of carpeting. Carpet tiles are great for an office environment.
Rubber flooring works quite well in restaurants due to its durability and resistance to water and heat. It’s comfortable to walk on (which is great for your staff) and comes in such a wide variety of colors and textures, your clientele will never guess its rubber!
Laminate flooring is the most inexpensive alternative, and yet is simple to install, does not scratch or dent easily. It’s durable and easy to maintain as well.
Because your small business may have different needs in different areas, we suggest you use a combination of two of the above mentioned flooring types to add appeal and separation of rooms.
Don’t choose a flooring simply based on price; it may end up costing you more in the long run. Look at your business as a big picture and a long-term solution will prove to be the best choice. Ask our designers to help you during this process.
Choosing flooring for your home may seem like a daunting task, however, you can choose flooring that reflects your personal style, and for what works with your family’s needs and the overall use of the space. When you’re choosing for your commercial space (retail location) you have to choose a flooring that will appease every person who walks through your doors. We’ve seen stores close just based on aesthetics. Consumers are fickle, and we don’t want you to be the failed guinea pig project. You should go into choosing the flooring with as much focus as you do into the business itself. Here are some of our tips on the best flooring choices for your commercial space.
Commercial cork flooring has its advantages; it’s soft, plush and very versatile. If your space is a restaurant or a salon, or anywhere someone will be doing a lot of standing, you may want to save your employees’ knees and make this your ultimate choice if it’s feasible for your space. A heavy duty finish of polyurethane is most often used to seal the surface, creating a barrier from stains and scratches.
Carpeting is common in office spaces, and areas that require a more soft and comfortable, familiar feel. Choosing a carpet with stain resistant fibers and short pile, followed by an application of scotch guard will help lengthen the life of your carpet. Just know that if this is a high traffic area, you may have to replace the carpet.
There are so many things you can do with vinyl flooring; the durability and stain/water resistance, coupled with the plethora of choices make it a very popular choice. Vinyl can be printed to look like almost anything; want the look of hardwood? Like the look of slate? The possibilities are endless! Plus, you can tailor the flooring to exactly the atmosphere or overall look you want to achieve in your store.
These are one of the times we really don’t recommend hardwood. Hardwood is beautiful, we won’t disagree, but for a high traffic store, that has so many different possible ways to be damaged, stick with flooring that looks beautiful, and is highly durable.
Ask us to help you design your space according to your market, your supplies, and the overall feel you want to portray with your store. We understand how important it is to have the best design and will help you every step of the way!
The idea of hiring an Interior Designer for some is one riddled with fears of being forced to buy expensive items, paying for someone who bullies you into choosing what they want you to have, and ending with a product that isn’t you. That couldn’t be further from the truth. An Interior Designer is crucial to your project; just as an Architect is for designing your home, an Interior Designer helps you design the interior and help you stay within your budget.
Home improvement shows (and channels) are really good at making people believe they can tackle a project over a weekend. It’s really not that easy. There’s budget, putting together a plan, selecting the new lights, wall colors, floors, décor, the list goes on and on! An Interior Designer will assist you in not only making sure you choose tones and elements that are within your budget and your overall design theme, they’ll make sure you stay on time by handling the orders, deliveries, and acting as the liaison between you and the contractor.
It’s not unusual for a homeowner to think they can be their own Interior Designer, but as is true in many fields, just because you have a general understanding of what needs to be done, doensn’t mean you’re the person for the job (and we say that respectfully). You have a life, a career, a family, and putting the strain of tackling a home improvement job on your own will only add stress to your already stressful life. An Interior Designer has years of experience in putting elements together, and knows what’s considered trendy, what’s classic, and what’s going to stay within your budget.
It really is more complicated than a fresh coat of pain and new floors. We’ve walked through a house where the owner paired what they considered to be trendy black trim with the wife’s favorite color red for carpet, and the husband’s favorite color green sofas. Sure, these were their favorite colors and trendy black trim can look beautiful in the right setting, but the combination of the three didn’t pair as well as the owner’s imagined. An Interior Designer will help navigate through trends, favorites, and personal elements to make the space exclusively yours in a way that compliments your home.
Speaking of style elements, it’s easy for an owner to go to Crate & Barrel for décor items, but did you know an Interior Designer has access to custom design elements the average consumer doesn’t have access to? If you have funky sized rooms, windows, or entry ways, an Interior Designer will create a design and order custom items to fit.
Don’t just take our word for it; give us a call and book your appointment with one of our designers. They’ll take your favorite design elements into consideration when designing the flooring options for your room or home. You’re spending a lot of money on making the perfect space. Hiring a designer will ensure your money goes far and gets you what you want!