Commercial Flooring Trends to Anticipate in 2016

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Perhaps the floors in your office are worn or maybe your building needs a stylish update that reflects your company’s branding. Before making a decision — and before calling your general commercial contractor — take a moment to consider the latest trends in commercial flooring. The most popular trends include reclaimed hardwoods, epoxy-based terrazzo and vinyl composite tile. Each option gives you the chance to not only install a durable floor, but also a floor covering that reflects your company’s branding. If you want to learn a little more about these materials, here is a quick overview of each:

Reclaimed Hardwood Floors

  • Reclaimed hardwood gives stores, offices and other commercial spaces a sense of character and history. Depending on where the wood came from, reclaimed hardwood tells a story not only about its history, but also about your brand.
  • The look and feel of reclaimed wood helps you control the atmosphere of the space — use it to make an area feel fun or to build a sense of community.
  • You’ll be able to personalize the flooring. For instance, if you own an athletics store, then reclaimed gym flooring makes a wonderful statement.
  • Reclaimed wood comes from an amazing variety of sources, which means that it’s available in a variety of widths, lengths and colors.
  • This type of flooring is eco-friendly. You’re not relying on farm-grown lumber or lumber that is harvested in an unsustainable way. Because you’re re-using a product that was already timbered and milled decades previously, you’re helping to cut the carbon emissions and other pollutants released by modern timbering and milling processes.
  • Unless specified otherwise, reclaimed wood often has a worn and rustic look. Not only does this give spaces a vintage feel, but it also helps to hide future wear and tear, giving you a long-lasting, easy-to-maintain floor in your business or office.
  • If you don’t like the vintage aesthetic, you can still use reclaimed wood. Make sure that your general commercial contractor has the wood planed to a smooth, new finish.

Terrazzo Flooring

  • The installation costs for epoxy-based terrazzo flooring are high, but over the long run, you’ll find that maintenance costs are much lower, which balances the installation costs.
  • Terrazzo is often used in high-traffic areas like lobbies because it is both durable and beautiful. In fact, if you want to make a big statement about your brand or your company, this type of flooring is one of the best ways to do it.
  • It’s easy for installers to create seamless floor medallions, borders, mosaics and colorful graphic designs.
  • Of all the flooring materials available today, few boast as long a lifespan as terrazzo.
  • Terrazzo is totally smooth and seamless, which means that areas like wheel-chair ramps and doorways won’t have bumps, trip hazards or other obstacles.

Vinyl Composition Tile

  • Vinyl composition tile (VCT) is more durable than many other alternatives, including carpeting. That durability comes at a lower cost than most other flooring materials.
  • With hundreds, if not thousands of colors and textures to choose from, you’ll be able to find the perfect floor for offices, stores and other commercial spaces. Modern VCT even comes in realistic stone and wood colors, which is perfect if you want a natural look but with increased durability and a reduced cost.
  • VCT makes it easy to create graphic designs — perfect for a foyer or as a focal point in a lobby or showroom. You can even use VCT tiles to mark paths and traffic patterns.
  • Originally, VCT was available primarily as 12-inch by 12-inch tiles, but because this material has remained popular over the years, manufacturers are now producing VCT in hundreds of different shapes and sizes.
  • Builders are working hard to remove potentially harmful chemicals from VCT — particularly phthalates, which have been found to cause reproductive issues in lab animals. As a result, today’s VCT is safer and less likely to cause indoor air pollution.
  • Several products that are closely related to VCT offer eco-friendly solutions. This includes bio-based tile (BBT), which is made from cornhusks.

Choose any of these three flooring materials, and you’ll have a floor that enhances your company brand and image. With the help of a trusted general commercial contractor, these three flooring materials will give your commercial space a trendy new look and long-lasting durability at a reasonable cost.