Does your current flooring broadcast its age to everyone who visits your building? If what is underfoot is under-performing, you have more replacement choices available today than ever before. Some of the most popular, durable, and beautiful commercial flooring options include vinyl and ceramic planks and tiles.
Vinyl Plank Flooring
Vinyl plank flooring is available in a variety of textures, patterns, and colors. It is completely waterproof, making it ideal for bathrooms, kitchens, and any other area where it is critical to guard against regular spills and moisture. Among the most durable of flooring choices, vinyl plank flooring is designed to endure heavy wear thanks to the multiple layers constituting its construction. An environmentally friendly flooring option, the planks are constructed with as much as 50% recycled content, are fully recyclable, and offer great value for money.
Transform Your Space With Tile Designs
The right square tile design can dramatically change the look and feel of any space – altering your perception of room size, drawing your attention to a focal point, or simply adding a touch of whimsy to contrast with plain walls.
In the simplest of tile designs, the straight lay tile pattern, tiles are laid side-by-side in a straight line, with grout applied in straight, perpendicular intersecting lines. Since your eyes naturally follow these lines, they can be used to focus your attention on a focal point or prominent feature of the room.
The diagonal tile pattern features tiles laid at a 45-degree angle, turning square tiles into diamonds. Since the widest part of the tile faces you as you enter the room, your eyes are tricked into thinking that the tile itself, and thus the space, is much larger. This makes the diagonal pattern a particularly great choice for narrow spaces.
The checkerboard tile pattern alternates two colors of square tiles. White and black are the most popular color choices, though sometimes black is substituted for another color such as tan or gray. It is a popular choice for bathrooms and kitchens, best complementing a room that features simple colors and patterns, to avoid conflicting with room decor.
The pinwheel, or hopscotch, tile pattern uses four small squares placed around each of the four corners of one large square tile, creating a shape similar to that of a spinning pinwheel. While pinwheel can be done with any 2 square tile sizes, the best design comes from using a larger tile that is twice the size of the smaller ones. Two colors can really make the pattern pop, but add more and you run the risk of making it look too busy.
The Warmth of Wood Without The Worry
Nothing beats hardwood flooring for lending warmth and style to a space. Unfortunately, exposure to moisture and the higher cost of natural hardwoods make hardwood flooring an impractical choice for many commercial flooring applications. Thanks to recent advancements in flooring technology, vinyl plank flooring can mimic the high-end look and warmth of natural hardwood, including realistic visual cues such as knots and authentic grains.
It is also possible to create ceramic tiles that look virtually indistinguishable from popular varieties of real wood, such as oak, hickory, walnut, and maple. This allows you to finally have that gorgeous wood floor you’ve always wanted without the headaches. From heavily grained planks found in Western-themed restaurants and country stores, to polished blonde accents used in upscale office buildings, wood tile has found favor with modern designers. It is a beautiful, affordable, and practically maintenance-free alternative. Wood tile allows bathrooms, kitchens, and pathways to meld the charm and beauty of wood with the durability and water resistance of vinyl and ceramic.
The heavy traffic of commercial spaces requires a tough, durable, and solid flooring capable of standing up to the wear and tear of daily use. When chosen and installed properly, commercial flooring provides the perfect complement to your space for clients and employees alike, blending beauty with functionality.