How Does Residential and Commercial Flooring Differ?

We know that by name, residential and commercial flooring refers to different things, but what factors set these two types of flooring apart? It may come as a surprise to some, but the difference isn’t in their quality. After all, there are plenty of high-quality choices in both categories. Frankly, it’s the context of their application that distinguishes some materials as residential flooring and others as commercial flooring. Let’s further examine these characteristics that separate residential and commercial flooring.

Selection for Residential Flooring is Wider

Homeowners want to customize their home flooring choices as much as possible to suit their desired taste. For that reason, there are far more selections and styles of carpet, hardwood, vinyl, laminate, and stone flooring for residential uses. In addition, consider how most homes use a variety of flooring for different rooms. Homeowners have plenty of color, finish, and texture choices when it comes to residential flooring options. Commercial flooring has a great selection of materials, but it doesn’t hold a candle to home flooring. Most businesses will try to use neutral styles to create an overall pleasant look, while home flooring can reflect one’s personal style more easily.

Pricing Considerations

Most residential spaces use less flooring square footage than commercial spaces. That is certainly a property owner’s concern when budgeting how to cover their floors adequately. It’s safe to say that the total cost of flooring materials plus installation tends to cost more for commercial properties. However, this can also depend on the quantity of each flooring material and the cost to install per square foot. If we assess price based solely on the cost of material, in general, commercial flooring is more expensive. This is because they are manufactured with commercial-grade materials and methods to withstand the wear-and-tear of business settings.

Manufacturing Special Features

This brings us to the mention of special features of most commercial flooring options as opposed to residential floors. Depending on the type of business or commercial surroundings, commercial flooring can possess increased durability features, such as waterproof, slip-proof, heat-resistant, sound-proof, etc. Picking the right types of commercial flooring is crucial to its longevity. As for residential flooring choices, there can be nifty features like anti-microbial carpets or stain-resistant flooring. However, homeowners are usually more concerned with style and comfort underfoot when making their selection.

RPS Flooring is Here to Help

Is your home or commercial building in need of new floors? RPS Carpet and Flooring Wholesalers has over two decades of experience providing residential and commercial flooring throughout Maryland. Give us a call, or come and visit our showroom to check out our expansive selection. For tips, tricks, and to see what we have been working on, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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