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.
Choosing flooring for a home can be a challenge, especially when you factor in your daily life needs, how the room will be used, the overall design, and whether this is a long or short term option. Choices in flooring types can be just as dizzying; the various types of wood, tile, and carpet can turn a great intention into a stressful situation. But, what if you have to choose the perfect flooring for your business? Do the questions remain the same?
Take a busy salon for instance. Many choose their salon based on how it looks, right? The right paint color, the right décor, and yes, the right flooring could make or break a salon. How do you choose flooring that can withstand that kind of use and still make it look stylish?
Knowing customers are drawn to the aesthetics of a salon mean you must choose a look that’s both stylish and durable. This usually means carpet options are out, and tile or wood flooring are in. You can’t choose just any hardwood however. For example Bamboo VCT flooring features a chemical resistant layer that can last for over a decade before another coating is necessary.
As for tile, choose a ceramic tile with at least a PEI rating of 5.0. Ceramic tiles should be large in size to keep the area from looking overcrowded. Salons already have a lot going on; small tiles will give it a bathroom feel to it, and make the customer dizzy. Ceramic is resistant to moisture, stain and wear, making it a perfect choice. Unfortunately though, it can become painful for the hairdressers standing on the hard surface for hours at a time.
Another great option is linoleum. With all of the great linoleum options available, including those that look like real wood, you can have the best of both worlds. Linoleum stands up to harsh chemicals, can be cleaned easily, and is available in a tile or wood look that is also easy on the knees. If your foundation is concrete as opposed to subflooring, this may be your best option-especially if you consider underfloor heating to keep the radiating cold from making the salon uncomfortable.
Make an appointment with one of our professionals. We’ll work together with your subcontractor, designer, or personally with you to help you choose not only the best style option, but the most durable as well!