Commercial flooring is a big project for a business to budget for, and when the time comes to upgrade your flooring, you need the right company working with you to get the result you want. With every business having different needs, there’s rarely one option that suits everyone, and while you are likely searching for the most affordable flooring options for your business, you should never base your flooring decision on price. Saving money on flooring and using cheaper flooring for a quick fix, is a false economy and won’t help you in the long term.
Very few spaces have surfaces that receive as much wear and tear as flooring does, and it’s also one of the most difficult to maintain in a commercial setting.
Retail, for example, requires a visually pleasing flooring option. Flooring that looks neglected loses customers, as it shows that you don’t care as much as you should about your business. When it comes to office flooring selection, there are corners that you should never cut, and we’ve highlighted some of these mistakes that should be avoided below:
Choosing Office Flooring Based On Price
The cost of new flooring is always important, of course, it is. You have to consider what’s in your maintenance budget and go from there. As well as price, it’s equally as important to consider the durability, care and maintenance and well as comfort and aesthetics of the flooring. You should also choose your flooring based on an area in the office. What you have under the desks on the sales floor isn’t going to be the same flooring type as the bathroom, which means that you definitely need to judge your budget based on type too.
Skipping Quality Installation
When you choose a flooring company, you have to ensure that you choose the flooring that will last. To do this properly, you need to make sure that you are choosing quality installation that will last you for a long time in the future. In kitchens and bathroom areas in the office, you should consider the potential water damage that might occur and how easy it will be to clean. In areas of higher traffic, you may choose carpet office flooring for comfort and aesthetics, but you need to invest in thicker padding for it so that it lasts longer for you and doesn’t wear down so fast. These are the sorts of upgrades that will keep your costs in the longer term to a minimum and look fantastic at the same time.
You have just installed quality office flooring in all areas and have chosen a beautifully muted carpet in the halls. Your biggest mistake would be forgetting carpet runners in these areas because between 80-90% of dirt and mud that ends up on the floor can be eliminated by the right mats under the feet of those coming and going. These walk-off mats are very effective when it comes to snow, dirt, ice and sand being kept out of the main areas of an office building. This can help your flooring to stay clean and reduces the wear and tear. The knock-on effect is that these floor mats can extend the life of the flooring you’ve installed while reducing the chance of injury and continued maintenance costs.
Cutting Back On Regular Cleaning costs
A big part of your business budget is going to include the cost of cleaners and facility managers. If you cut back on cleaning costs, your floors will not be as clean as they could be. The problem is that in areas of high traffic, with high exposure to dirt, the flooring upkeep needs to be continued otherwise you end up with new carpets and vinyl that is more quickly damaged. Regular vacuuming, mopping and dusting stop the dirt from grinding into the surface of the floor.. While you may think you’re cutting money down and making savings on your maintenance, you’re going to speed up the need for new flooring and increase your expenses later on. A floor that isn’t cleaned regularly enough takes longer to clean each time, and it’s not worth the cost when you can keep it up right now. We recommend you clean your carpet at least once a year.
Not Understanding What You’re Buying
Choosing new flooring for one area in your office is hard enough, but choosing flooring for the entire building plus bathrooms and kitchens is another matter entirely. There are hundreds of products out there, and you need to choose quality first. You wouldn’t buy a car without a test drive, so it’s important not to buy a carpet or commit to an office flooring type that you haven’t physically seen or researched.
Getting Your Office Floor Right
Whether you are a small start-up, a building manager or a large office with multiple floors, speak to the experts at Rivendell who can help you from start to finish to get the commercial floor fit for you.
Give our team a call on 0117 963 7979 for more information and advice or to arrange a free on-site visit.
This post was written by Binks