Carpet Roll

March 15, 2018

You want to change your office flooring, have gone through what types are available but aren’t sure yet of what is best? This compiled list of pros and cons will surely help you weigh in your options.

 

 

 

Carpet Tiles

Becoming more common in office buildings as the choice of flooring is the infamous carpet tiles. Bringing new modern designs to the market and being extremely versatile, carpet tiles has become the crowd favourite. Carpet tiles are typically used in office environments, waiting rooms and schools.

PROS

  • Carpet provides sound proofing and better acoustics for the office
  • Extremely versatile
  • Budget friendly
  • Moderately easy to clean
  • Withstand high foot traffic

CONS

  • Compared to other flooring, carpet tiles is not as easy to clean
  • Requires more maintenance
  • Tiles may not suit environment due to the nature of its aesthetics
  • Easily stained

 

Vinyl Composite Tile (VCT)

Just like carpet tiles, VCT has become increasingly popular as being one of the most cost effective types of flooring for commercial premises. Vinyl composite tiles are usually applied in hospitals, healthcare centres, offices, retail spaces and commercial outlets.

PROS

  • Withstand high foot traffic
  • Most affordable option
  • Very durable and can usually outlast most other floorings
  • Low lasting
  • Easy to clean, resilient to scratches and damage
  • Available in many colours and designs

CONS

  • Is associated with rooms being cold and sterile i.e. Hospitals
  • High maintenance as the floor finish often needs to be stripped and reapplied
  • Cost of maintenance can outweigh the initial costs if not regularly looked after
  • Is less durable than vinyl

 

Laminate

Laminate is an inexpensive alternative to hardwood, stone or tile flooring. It’s quite durable and easy to clean and maintain. Laminate can be used in a number of environments ranging from high traffic offices, kitchens, waiting rooms and corridors.

PROS

  • Offers a cheaper alternative in achieving hardwood, stone or tiled flooring aesthetics
  • Designed to be quite durable and is scratch and dent resistant
  • Simple to install
  • Softer and warmer when compared to hard flooring
  • Can be easily cleaned and maintained

CONS

  • Cannot be refinished like hardwood and needs to be replaced
  • Excessive water can seep into the seams and cause swelling
  • Due to the repetitive nature of the patterns there are more chances of 2 identical boards being placed next to each other if not installed correctly.
  • Does not absorb sound

 

Natural Hard Flooring

Arguably, the most aesthetically pleasing type of flooring, natural hard flooring continues to stun the office space. Bringing a classic and timeless look, hard flooring elevates the look and feel of the interior design of an office. Natural hard flooring can be applied to almost any environment including offices, kitchens, retail spaces and design spaces. It all depends how much you are willing to spend.

PROS

  • One of the most aesthetically pleasing type of flooring
  • Extremely durable
  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Each hard flooring has many different styles ranging from traditional to a more modern approach

CONS

  • One of the most expensive types of flooring
  • Needs refinishing up to twice a year depending on the extent of the damage (scratches and blemishes)
  • Does not provide any sound insulation or assist with acoustics of the space. Hardwood in particular, can also be quite noisy to walk on

 

Concrete

Undeniably, the hardest of them all, concrete flooring presents itself as a modern sophisticated approach to garnishing your office space. Modern techniques have been applied to concrete finishing, producing some of the most luxurious looking end products. Price ranges from inexpensive to expensive depending on the finish. Concrete flooring may be used in offices, warehouses, kitchens, schools and retail spaces.

PROS

  • Low maintenance
  • Sealed hard flooring makes it easier to clean
  • Extremely durable
  • Many different design options can be applied using various finishes

CONS

  • In its nature, concrete flooring is the hardest of them all. It is more unforgiving when it comes to accidents.
  • If the concrete has not been sealed properly water can seep in and damage any surface treatments.
  • Cracking can occur regardless if the concrete flooring was installed professionally. Due to weathering even the strongest of flooring will eventually crack as it is subjected to changes in temperature, moisture and settling.