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Office Floor Options

Which type of flooring is most suitable for an office space?

We are pleased to introduce you to Luxury Flooring & Furnishings who have been kind enough to submit a guest blog - this article explores the various types of flooring available and their suitability for use in an office space.

"When furnishing an office space, it is not uncommon for businesses to neglect the floor, or more specifically, the type of floor, with greater emphasis often placed on staff amenities, office furniture, office technology etc.

A common mistake is of installing a relatively cheap, dark carpet based on budget constraints. However, this can soon turn out to be costlier than first anticipated since carpet has to be frequently replaced; spillages and stains quickly render it the “shabby” look, and carpet can retain unpleasant odours and bacteria. Investing in a more robust, long term solution such as an engineered wooden floor or a laminate flooring solution could end up saving you money in the long run.

There are several advantages to installing an engineered or laminate floor in an office space, with one of the main benefits being how easy they are to clean and maintain. Regular cleaning will help restore the desired finish, removing any soft marks from the surface.

If you’re considering laying an engineered floor in your office space you will also have to consider the type of finish, for example an oil or a lacquer, to apply to the raw material. In the interest of practically, a matt oiled finish tends to work better in heavily trafficked office spaces as opposed to a shiny, lacquered finish. This is because any small marks or scratches are less apparent on matt, oiled surfaces whereas natural light reflects off a lacquered surface drawing your attention directly towards the scratch or mark.

Both lacquered and oiled products offer an extra shielding coat that makes the timber more resistant to scratches and marks which are bound to occur over time in a commercial setting. With an average lifespan in excess of 50 years, engineered wood flooring is a great solution for a busy office space.

Laminate flooring is another option you may wish to consider, being particularly suitable for areas such as kitchens, restrooms or utility rooms within the office building as it is more resistant to water spillages when compared to real wood. Depending on your choice of style, laminate flooring can look very similar to a real wood floor and even share a comparable surface texture. Laminate flooring is typically cheaper than real/engineered timber.

There are many different flooring options to choose from, but we personally recommend both engineered and laminate for office spaces due to their durability, and their ease of installation and upkeep."

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Types of Office Flooring

The selection and installation of quality office flooring is a complex process that starts with design and affects the longevity of the office appearance and functionality. Choosing the correct flooring for your board room, reception area or open plan office helps create a stylish and inspiring working environment.

In addition to the aesthetics, price and colour, having the right office flooring installed as part of your office refurbishment or office fit out could make a real difference to comfort and productivity.

So what are your options for different types of office flooring?

Types of Office Flooring:

Carpet: This is a good budget-friendly choice but as it can easily get stained carpets will need to be professionally cleaned from time to time and can sometimes create a bit of a dated feel. On the plus side, this type of flooring is ideal in an office environment that requires some kind of noise insulation. Carpet tiles can also be used in areas with computer-raised floor systems where underfloor access is regularly required, provide flexibility as individual tiles can be replaced and as they can come in different styles and patterns, they give you a range of choices that reflect your company branding.

Vinyl: Popular with commercial business, vinyl flooring offers long-lasting performance and is ideal for offices that have high traffic as well as hospitals and retail stores. Resilient and resistant to damage, vinyl flooring comes in a variety of colours and designs and is easy to clean with minimal maintenance.

Wood: We have dedicated a blog to wooden flooring options before, but in summary wooden floors have the advantage of being more environmentally-friendly and with choices from laminates, through engineered to solid wood, wood flooring speaks for itself in terms of quality and desirability. And there is a reason why vinyl flooring comes in wood ‘effect’: wooden office flooring is a timeless classic, and is a hard-wearing, low-maintenance investment.

Laminate: A more inexpensive alternative to wood flooring, tiles or stone, laminate flooring is simple to install, does not scratch or dent easily, is durable, easy to clean and to maintain. It also comes with various options to choose from; smooth laminate, embossed laminate, patina laminate and wood grain laminate.

Tiles: Tiles can last for a really long time, do not wear out and can look very striking. This office flooring option provides you with an almost limitless choice of colours and designs, including glass tiles that are water resistant and are also stain resistant.

Getting your floor right will depend on a whole host of variables: if you would like further help or advice on this process then please get in touch with us here at 20six as we have extensive hands-on experience of advising, supplying and installing the right type of office flooring.