What to Consider When Choosing Commercial Floors
When you are about to choose the flooring type for your business, you need to put in mind certain considerations, as this is a big investment. Even if you’re going for a cheap commercial flooring, it is wise to take the time, ask for some advice from commercial flooring specialists, as this will cost you time, effort & money.
- Application Selection
The first question when choosing your business flooring is to check if you require a specific application. Does your business require a high traffic flooring option? Or do you need flooring for a showroom or a retail outlet? This is always better communicated with a commercial flooring specialist to give you the best flooring options to choose from. While some suppliers may state that a floor is heavy duty and suitable for high traffic commercial use, if the flooring product you are considering doesn’t have valid commercial certification, that means that the product did not meet the requirements for the Australian standards of commercial flooring, and wont be covered by insurance should any issues arise.
The commercial flooring solutions at Esspada Collection all have valid commercial certificates and meet all the Australian standards for flooring, in terms of slip rating and fire rating etc.
This is another factor: your initial cost for flooring installation. Talk to your commercial flooring supplier, as you might need to look at both the initial cost as well as the long term costs associated with your choice of flooring. The initial cheap floor installation cost might not be the best option, as in some cases you might need to choose a more expensive flooring option to avoid voiding your insurance. If the commercial flooring does not abide by the set Australian standards for commercial flooring, if there is an issue with a customer on the premises or there is a need to claim insurance, it will become void.
As we just mentioned, it’s important to consider the costs associated with maintaining any commercial flooring application.
Which flooring type is easier to clean? Which one would require frequent vacuuming? Would you require a professional cleaning service for this floor type? Do you expect your floors to be wet often? Remember, it all goes back to the application required. This should be considered when selecting a floor because, opting for a cheaper less effective commercial floor that needs constant repair and maintenance ads higher costs in the long run, thus nullyfing any ‘savings’ perceived to be made at the initial purchase.
Many commercial flooring options would require some kind of replacement every few years. You need to consider the life of the flooring material you’ve chosen to avoid future costs. Look at the number of years of warranty offered for the type of use that the floor will be exposed to; be it light or heavy foot traffic.
- Ease of Replacement
This factor is closely related to the durability of a material, as it can somehow balance it. Is your floor easy to remove and replace? You might choose granite, which is extremely durable but also extremely hard to remove. Or you might opt for carpets, which possibly wear out in few years when used in high traffic situations, but it is relatively inexpensive to replace. Carpet tiles are one of the most efficient and easy to replace commercial grade flooring for a commercial premises or office space. All carpet tiles need to be glued down by Australian commercial standards, but pressure sensitive glue allows you to pull up a tile and replace it if the tile needs to be washed or is damaged.
In order to gain valid commercial certification, flooring options need to meet the criteria of slip resistance and fire rating which are all elements that add to the safety of the flooring choice. Another factor that should be considered, particularly if there are stairs at the commercial premises is that there is anti slip stair nosing applied to each step. This anti slip stair nosing also needs to be commercial grade, in order for it to be valid for insurance purposes and to add the safety element for customers and foot traffic using the commercial space.
To talk to a reliable commercial flooring supplier in Sydney, contact Esspada Collection now.