When you’re designing or updating the shop for your retail business, you have a lot of decisions to make. One factor that definitely needs careful consideration is the flooring material you want to use. The floor will need to be sturdy to withstand heavy foot traffic, beautiful to look nice and draw in customers, and easy to maintain to not be a drain on time better spent with customers. Read on for three great flooring options to consider when you are replacing the flooring in your shop.
Hardwood is a great choice for retail settings in terms of durability and style. It has a very beautiful, high-end look that will promote confidence in your potential customers. There is a large variety of wood types, colors, and patterns to choose from to create exactly the look and ambiance you are dreaming of. Hardwood for commercial use can be sealed with a UB hardened coating that can help protect the wood from scuffs and scratches. Hardwood flooring does require a bit more upkeep than other flooring choices, and it is not the best choice if your building is prone to high humidity.
Laminate flooring may be a good choice if you expect moderate foot traffic through your space. Commercial laminate flooring has four layers: the backing which sits directly against the subfloor, a layer of fiberboard, a printed layer, and a clear laminate wear layer. The print layer can be printed to mimic many different materials. Laminate flooring is categorized into five classes based on abrasion rating and durability. There are many options available so there will definitely be something to meet the needs of your business and your budget.
Vinyl has long been a great commercial flooring choice because it is extremely durable, water resistant, and requires little in the way of maintenance. It is also available in a wide variety of colors and styles, even some that mimic the look and feel of natural materials like stone or hardwood. Vinyl for commercial use comes in two varieties: printed vinyl or composite vinyl. Printed vinyl comes in a range of thicknesses (from 10 to 30 mm) to stand up to varying degrees of foot traffic. Composite vinyl is a combination of limestone and colored vinyl chips that are pressed together and heated to form an even more durable floor which is preferred for commercial use. This type of vinyl flooring can also be sealed and waxed to be stain resistant as well.
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If you still have more questions about how to care for your hardwood floors, we here at RPS Flooring are here to help. Our trained professionals will answer your questions and guide you in the right direction. Give us a call or come and visit our showroom to check out our selection of commercial and residential flooring options. For tips, tricks, and to see what we have been working on, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.