High-traffic business spaces require durable, high-quality commercial floors. Commercial flooring is built to meet the needs of high-traffic offices, retail spaces, gyms, and other commercial facilities.
Fortunately, there are quite a few commercial floors available, all with its own set of pros and cons. Contact a local flooring professional to choose the right commercial flooring, or combination of commercial floors, that meets the business needs.
Commercial flooring options for Wisconsin businesses
Vinyl plank is one of the newest flooring products on the market, but it’s already made quite an impression on home and business owners. These floors are water-resistant and incredibly durable. They are also easy-to-clean, which makes them a simple and quick task for employees.
Luxury vinyl plank floors (LVP) come in a variety of styles, many that resemble wood and stone. These options fit with almost any décor and make businesses look upscale. Unlike wood and stone, vinyl plank is not porous and not susceptible to water damage.
Pros: Durable, easy-to-clean, water-resistant, looks like wood and stone
Cons: May scratch
Luxury vinyl tile is a tough commercial flooring. It is water-resistant so it can withstand spills and water tracked in by employees, customers, and visitors. These floors are easy-to-clean and built for high-traffic spaces.
These floors come in a wide variety of styles ideal for any business. Because they are laid like a tile, the tiles can be installed in a pattern to add interest to a commercial space. Unlike tile, vinyl tile can be installed with or without grout. Some vinyl tiles closely resemble wood and stone as part of a warm and upscale decor.
Pros: Durable, easy-to-clean, water-resistant, can be installed in patterns, looks like wood and stone
Cons: May scratch
Carpet tile and carpet is durable and stylish. These commercial floors are a good fit for offices and retail spaces because they are soft and add to the acoustics of a space. This can be highly beneficial in commercial spaces where deadening sound is a priority, such as in meeting rooms or retail spaces.
Carpet tiles are fairly easy to maintain, requiring only a regular vacuuming, carpet clean, and occasional spill clean-up. Some carpet tiles can be pulled up when stained and replaced when needed.
Pros: Durable, easy-to-clean, good for accoustics
Cons: May stain
Wood flooring adds warmth to a commercial space. These commercial floors can make a space feel upscale or classic, especially in historical buildings. Wood floors can be damaged by water spills, though some modern wood floors are manufactured to be waterproof.
One of the best parts of wood floors is the wide variety of styles. Wood flooring is available in wide and narrow plank and can be stained to fit with existing décor. The wood grain and styles of these commercial floors give them an unmatched beauty that make an impression on customers and visitors.
Pros: Durable, easy-to-clean, upscale look, available in a wide variety of finishes
Cons: May be damaged by water, may scratch
Rubber flooring is available in sheets or tiles. Tiles can be easily picked up and moved when needed, such as during a move or reorganization. Both are very durable and easy-to-clean. Spills can be wiped up and the floor can be easily cleaned with a mop. (It can also be easily sanitized with a disinfectant.) These floors are heavy-duty and can withstand the weight of heavy machines, workout equipment, and furniture.
Pros: Durable, easy-to-clean, waterproof
Cons: May rip
Tips for keeping commercial floors looking like new
•Regularly sweep and vacuum commercial floors. (The exact frequency depends on the amount of foot traffic. In general, floors should be swept or vacuumed multiple times each day.)
•Place rugs by all external doors to prevent debris from being tracked in. (Ask a local flooring professional if rugs need a specific backing to avoid damage.)
•Keep cleaning supplies in close proximity in case of spills.
•Use cleaning supplies recommended by the manufacturer to avoid voiding the warranty.
•Regularly schedule a carpet clean or deep clean to keep floors looking like new.