5 Must Haves For Every Commercial Floor
Every day thousands of square feet of flooring are installed in commercial projects. From retail stores to hotels and restaurants, hard surface and soft surface flooring is a necessary component to any space.
But not all flooring is created equal. Flooring selection is often, and sadly, decided based on budget. Instead, flooring selection should be made based on quality. But what are the core characteristics that every commercial floor should have?
Today, we’ll look at five of them, not in any order of importance, but just in a way that brings greater awareness to the most important aspects.
When investing in a commercial floor, consider the warranty that goes along with the product. The following shows an example of the warranty available for Torlys Smart Floors. Depending on the product, commercial projects can expect 5-15 years warranty. Most commercial spaces tend to be redesigned every 2-3 years. Most of the time the changes involve adding new paint colors, artwork, and other decorative accents. The flooring seems to stay the longest, so you want flooring that will last, and be backed by a reliable warranty.
2. Easy Installation and Repair
Don’t underestimate the convenience of an easy to install floor, especially if you have a concrete subfloor, which is the most common subfloor system in commercial spaces. Floating flooring is the easiest flooring to install directly on a concrete slab. In fact, it is not secured at all to the subfloor, it just floats, as the name implies. When compared to traditional hardwood flooring, tile, marble and other hard surface flooring, floating flooring is easier to install, and it cuts down installation time and cost significantly. Floating flooring is constructed with a cork backing so the subfloor is attached to the flooring, there is no need to install another layer, this also eliminates the need for nails and glue. The interlocking mechanism of the flooring is what holds it in place (and it make it easy to repair and replace).
Moreover, commercial flooring should be chosen based on the ease of repair. There is nothing more inconvenient, time consuming and costly than a floor that requires excessive work to fix it. In a commercial space, flooring is bound to get damaged, dented, scratched, and one can hardly prevent that from happening, but flooring can be chosen which offers the easiest repair solution.
One option is Torlys Smart Floors Easy Plank Replacer. Watch the video below to learn more about this proprietary and revolutionary way to repair flooring. No down time, no shutting down the space, closing the business and most of all, losing money! Repair and replace flooring in no time at all with tools like the Bulldog Easy Plank Replacer, available exclusively from SmartFloorstore.com for Torlys brand products. See it action below:
3. Prefinished Surface & Easy Maintenance
If deciding between a site finished or prefinished floor, when it comes to a commercial space, prefinished flooring is the only way to go. Like the built in subfloor, to eliminate costly installation, prefinished flooring takes the hassle out of the process and makes it quick and affordable to install new flooring.
One thing to consider however is that prefinished flooring varies in quality. This quality is measured based on four factors – aesthetics (how will it look over the long term), durability (how well will it hold up), air health quality (or their VOC’s and harmful off-gassing) and how easy it is to repair. We already addressed repair in item #2, and you want to make sure any floor you choose offers that kind of convenience. But, you also want to make sure the prefinished flooring is durable. With floors like Torlys Smart Floor they are dent, stain and scratch resistant, thanks to a unique finish and technique, exclusive to Torlys.
We’ve all heard some horror stories about hard surface flooring being installed and effecting the indoor health quality of the home or commercial space – don’t let this happen to you. Make sure the flooring that is specified and installed is low or zero VOC, they should meet or exceed the CARB2 standards for indoor air health quality from the state of California – the most strict in the world.
When it comes to a commercial property budget matters, contractors have very little flexibility, when it comes to cost, once a budget is set. As an architect or designer, don’t be fooled by low prices, the most durable product for the space you are designing may not be the least expensive, especially when you factor in the most important attributes to a commercial quality floor. Generally speaking you want to budget between $50-8/SF for materials, for a high floating floor. Since floating flooring INCLUDES the subfloor, and there are no nails or glue required to install the flooring, this reduces the installation time, and all you pay for is labor. Labor rates vary depending on the country you are in and the company you use. Installers can call smartfloorstore.com Customer Services to review and installation questions, and prepare an accurate quote.
5. LEED / FSC Compliant
Last, but certainly not least, when selecting flooring for commercial spaces, selecting something that meets LEED or FSC criteria is a definite bonus because many buildings now are seeking LEED certification.