Whether you have a brand new business or it’s time for an upgrade, there’s a lot to consider when it comes to commercial flooring options. You’ll need to balance your needs and wants with the practicality of your preferred choice, and of course your budget. For example, you may personally love hardwood flooring, but if you’re manufacturing products, your factory will likely have variable temperatures and frequent liquid spills, which means hardwood floors will not be a practical solution for you.
It’s best to start this journey by exploring what you need. If you aren’t sure, ask yourself the following questions:
- Is the foot traffic in my business heavy or not?
- Is the current flooring level?
- What is the weather typically like (i.e. hot, humid, dry etc.)?
- How often will I (or the cleaner) be able to clean the floors?
- What is the subfloor made of?
- What is more important for my business, elegance and style, or durability?
- What impression am I hoping to give my staff and customers? First impressions count and flooring takes up a LOT of commercial space.
- What is my budget?
Once you’ve answered these questions, you’ll be in a better position to make a flooring decision. Of course, some industries are just so specific your choices will be narrowed down significantly. At Bass Floor Newcastle, we offer a variety of flooring solutions. See below for a list of the options and the industries which they are best suited for.
Carpet tiles are a modern alternative to your regular carpet roll. They can be conveniently laid in a way that allows you to continue operating in your business space whilst installation takes place. They are also incredibly durable and therefore, cost effective.
Best suited to office spaces, schools, aged care, shop floors and hotels/motels, among many others.
These carpets, named after a type of hand-weave style originating in 18th century England, offer flexibility in colour and design. Our specialist team assist with Axminster projects, including one-off designs or stock designs.
We have experience installing these carpets in clubs, hotels and motels, as they are perfectly suited to this industry. Axminster have also been a perfect fit for educational venues (we installed Axminster at Griffith Duncan Theatre for The University of Newcastle), function rooms, day spas, and cinemas.
Broadloom carpet, as the name implies, is woven on a very wide loom. Broadloom is the traditional choice of carpeting in corporate flooring, and it comes with many options. Since broadloom is installed over a carpet underlay, it can look good even if your substrate has minor imperfections. Many broadloom carpets with the right underlay material can be used to create a softer and plusher feel than carpet tile allows.
Broadloom carpets are generally used in offices, schools and apartments.
A resilient, artificial option, vinyl comes in various types including sheet vinyl, marmoleum, planks and tiles. We can factor in slip rating requirements, fire indices, and manufacturer’s recommendations to ensure you have the right product for your industry.
In our experience, vinyl flooring is perfect for the aged care industry, schools, TAFE and University campuses, hospitals, commercial kitchens, bars, industrial and retail premises.
We have an extensive range of timber flooring options such as floating timber, vinyl timber look, laminate, timber veneer and bamboo. Timber flooring makes a space look warm and inviting. They are classic, never go out of style and can come in so many different colours you’re bound to find the perfect one for your business. However, most timber floors are not ideal for wet or humid locations, or in businesses where there is a high risk of scratching or denting damage from dropping heavy items.
We have installed timber floors in businesses such as youth centres and corporate offices.
Specially designed to add more spring and padding to the floor, rubber is another great commercial flooring option. It’s versatile and low maintenance, and the perfect choice for a variety of business types including equestrian and stables, gymnasiums, hydrotherapy pool surrounds and mining. In any industry, rubber flooring works well for foyers, lift lobbies and office breakout areas.
Next time you need to make a decision regarding commercial flooring, make sure you ask yourself the questions above, and think about which options will best meet the criteria you’ve established. If you need help, feel free to contact us at Bass Floor Newcastle on 02 4951 6166. We have been in the industry for over 30 years, and we can help you find the right option for your needs, wants and budget.