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How to choose the best floor covering for your office

Posted by Marianne
March 21, 2014 in Features

If you have been thinking about what to put on your office floor, then the range of options might seem overwhelming.

It can be difficult working through the differing kinds of floor coverings to pinpoint the best one for your needs, but whatever you decide, the right  office flooring  office flooring needs to fit with your aesthetic preferences as well as your budget.

When dividing office floors into basic categories, there are conventional coverings, such as linoleum or carpet, more industrial surfaces that include rubber and concrete, and also natural flooring choices, such as wood, stone or ceramic.

Looks matter when choosing office flooring

Every business has a personality that is reflected in its branding and its marketing choices. Your office is part of your company’s identity, and when visitors enter, they will instantly form an opinion about your firm.

For that reason, it is important to think about choosing an office floor that will suit your business’ image. Is your firm modern? Then the latest design trends might come into play when making your flooring choice. A more traditional company might prefer to opt for something that has stood the test of time, such as wood or linoleum. Surfaces such as ceramic tiles can be scrubbed clean very easily, which may be beneficial if your company needs to present an image that will be readily associated with hygiene and cleanliness.

As well as the visual impact of an office floor, there is also the question of sound. What will your visitors hear when they walk into your office space? First, there will be the noise created by their footsteps and then the acoustics of the office space as a whole. A carpet might tend to muffle sound, while a hard surface such as stone could create a grander, echoed effect.

Some office floors are more durable than others

A prime consideration is that of durability and, when thinking about the right office flooring, it is wise to weigh up how much regular foot traffic your office will experience.

If there will be lots of people walking through, then a tougher surface such as commercial linoleum, vinyl tiling or concrete might best to meet your needs. Engineered wood is another option, as it is better able to withstand temperature fluctuations and moisture than ordinary wood.

If most of the floor area is durable enough, but there is a need for increased reinforcement around heavily used spaces, such as entrances, then matting can be a useful addition.

With all floor coverings, there is a need to think about safety, and you might want to consider whether your flooring is slippery or whether it is at any risk of becoming so. This might be a concern in an area where drinks are made or near an entrance that is regularly mopped.  Safety flooring  Safety flooring could be used in any risky spaces, which commonly takes the form of vinyl that has an unusually grippy surface. Such coverings are available in a variety of grades, according to the level of grip that is required.

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