It is important for businesses to ensure that their premises are warm and welcoming. This is important for the staff that work there on a daily basis and also for visitors coming by for meetings.
A dull, cold and unimaginative office is a difficult place to work. Focusing is a problem and work productivity is affected. There are many factors that can help improve the working environment, including having the right type of office flooring.
There are many types of flooring suitable for offices. The most popular are laminate, vinyl and carpet. These are practical for the office environment and are available in a range of different designs and colours.
Laminate flooring is a multi-layer artificial flooring and is fused together using a lamination process. The flooring is designed to look like wood and sometimes stone. This is done using a photographic appliqué layer that is covered with a transparent protective layer.
Laminate flooring is ideal for office use because it is easy to install. It also costs less than traditional flooring such as hardwood. It has a number of qualities beneficial to the office including a strong surface area. This ensures that it can withstand the everyday wear and tear of foot traffic. It is also easy to clean keeping visible dirt at bay but also bacteria that can’t be seen.
Laminate flooring comes in a range of different designs and colours. This makes it easy to find flooring that will meet the theme of your office.
Manufactured from plastic laminate is not recommended for heavy domestic use.
Vinyl flooring is made from vinyl chips. They are formed to make a solid sheet of varying thicknesses. It is a popular choice of flooring in places that have high amounts of foot traffic because it is hard wearing. As well as this it is low costing and easy to maintain.
If vinyl flooring does become damaged over time it can be refinished using chemical strippers to repair it.
This type of flooring comes in a range of designs and colours. Examples include stone, terrazzo and concrete.
A carpet is a textile floor covering that consists of an upper layer that is attached to a backing. The upper layer is known as the pile. This is usually made from wool or a manmade fibre such as nylon, polyester or polypropylene. It tends to consists of twisted tufts that are heat treated to make sure that they maintain their structure.
There are many carpet textures, designs and colours available. Some carpets are more hardwearing than others. These tend to be coarser and less soft but better for an office. They take more upkeep than vinyl and laminate flooring as they collect dirt and dust easily. They can also stain if something is spilt on them.