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How To Select The Correct Type Of Flooring For Your Business

Deciding on the right flooring for your business can be a tough process.  There are many different types to choose from, such as resin flooring, polished concrete, laminate, wood or tiling.  It all depends on the theme or use of your business and the contents of the spaces.

Here are some of the some of the flooring types that are available to you along with some of their advantages.

Resin Flooring

Resin flooring is fast becoming the designers choice of flooring for commercial use.  With a wide range of variants it can provide a sleek and stylish look with varying surface textures, palette of colours and ease of maintenance.

Here are some of the resin flooring options you have for your business:

Polyurethane Resin Flooring

A great newcomer with an endless colour pallete option. Polyurethane resin floors have the added advantage of being UV stable so even if you choose white, the floor will not discolour over time as a result of sunlight or high intensity overhead lighting.

Polyurethane resin floors also have the longest life span with several variants being assessed up to 40 years + life cycle. This means that although your initial investment may be a little higher, the long term cost benefits of polyurethane floors will outweigh mist choices. Ecoflor offers a range of polyurethane floors including our smooth PU floors along with our highly acclaimed liquid vinyl comfort resin flooring.

Epoxy Resin Flooring

Generally the most economical option, epoxy resin flooring comes in several variants.

Epoxy Resin Coatings – Water based, solvented and solvent free high build floor coatings from 100 microns to 1.3mm thickness in either smooth or anti-slip finishes.

Epoxy Resin Flow Applied Toppings – Solvent free, flow applied resin floors for thickness of 1mm to 4mm usually with a high gloss.

Epoxy Resin Quartz Screeds – Solvent free decorative quartz screeds from 3 to 5 mm with integrated coved skirtings for a multi-coloured screed finish.

Epoxy Resin Screed – Generally up to 5mm thickness, although the use of these has mostly been overtaken by heavy duty polyurethane screeds in recent years.

Polyaspartic Resin Floors

Decorative flake or quartz systems with ultra fast curing properties for areas requiring a quick turnaround but with no smell or odour and completely taint free.

MMA Resin Floors

Decorative flake, anti-skid or quartz systems with very fast curing properties but with the down side of having a strong odour whilst installing requiring air handling equipment. This older technology is fast being over taken by polyaspartic and polyurea systems.

Nano Technology Resin Flooring

Coupled with polyurethane base systems, the newest kid on the block, Nano based systems, give the fighting edge to long term performance with scratch resistance and UV resilience that cannot be match by current seal coats.

Concrete and Polished Concrete 

Concrete flooring can provide your business with an huge amount of choices of styles.  You can find so many different stains and polishes to resemble concrete even if your existing concrete or screed cannot be polished. It is also quick to install, durable and stiff.  Concrete flooring will able to cope with heavy loads such as lots of furniture.

Out of all the options listed, a new or existing concrete slab that has been diamond grinded and polished (and where appropriate sealed with a penetrating sealer) is by far the easiest to maintain.  A simple diamond polished concrete floor requires no more than regular cleaning with a rotary floor cleaner equipped with a diamond impregnated cleaning pad and clean cold water, nothing more. Every time you clean, you micro polish.

If you haven’t got the depth to install a new concrete slab or the loadings are too great, consider a polished screed at 10mm thickness or for the very latest in concrete effect flooring look at a micro topping or micro cement floor, they give you the look in around 3mm with low wight values. We can also install our micro topping over existing sound tiles floors without removal and over marine plywood timber bases and substrates.

Here’s a few other types of flooring you could consider:

Laminate

Laminate floors are made of wooden materials that have been compressed together and laminated with a picture of the chosen design at the surface.  There are many different wood styles that the laminate can represent. The range extends from a light and fashionable range, such as a New York oak to something more slick and dark, such as Gaboon Ebony, and everything in between.

If you are looking for more expensive variation of laminate, you could explore an engineered wood solution.  Instead of having the top most layer as a picture, the wood is real. This gives the floor a more genuine look and feel than regular laminate.

Vinyl

Another very popular type of flooring that business use is vinyl.  This is because vinyl floors are, again, a cost effective solution, they are really easy to clean and they are not prone to water damage (which is additionally handy for office flooring with drink spillages).  Additionally, vinyl flooring is very durable and will not wear away after being walked on over and over.

Vinyl flooring can some in forms such as sheets or tiles and come in a variety of shapes and sizes.  The thicker the sheet you purchase, the more durable it is.

Hardwood

As we already know from looking at laminate and vinyl flooring, there so many options you can explore, ranging from oak to maple.  Oak is the most popular choice but if you are looking for something a bit more striking, you could try something such as a kempas flooring.

Ceramic tiling

Ceramic tiling is resistant to stain and water damage as it has a protective layering that covers the surface.  Like the previous options, this is a durable surface that can cope with frequent traffic and is not easily susceptible to cracks.  Even if a tile does become damaged, the cost of replacing is cheap and easy to do.

There are plenty designs available that you can look into.  Choices include looking at natural stones such as granite or marble which provide a very professional and classy finish.  If you are looking for a cheaper alternative, porcelain tiles may be the way to go.

Bamboo

Where hardwood and laminate floors use trees as sources of materials, bamboo solutions are actually derived from grass.  Bamboo plants are incredibly tough, in fact bamboo fibers have been proven to be as strong as steel! From a flooring perspective, this means that they will be durable and able to withstand constant pressure from walking and your commercial furniture and appliances.

Bamboo is a highly renewable resource as it can mature within 3 years, compared to a fully grown tree that can take over 100 years to develop.  This makes it a very ecological flooring solution, as well as being very cheap to install.

Looking for Resin Flooring or Polished Concrete for Your Business?

Now you have the basic points to consider for your project why not give us a call on 0333 1234 385. Or drop us an e-mail at hello@ecoflor.co.uk for a free, no obligation quotation. If you have dimensions and some site photos and only want a budget quotation at this stage, we can even e-mail you a free proposal with some options usually within 24 hours.

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