Durable Flooring Options for Heavy Foot Traffic

The flooring in commercial and industrial establishments are typically designed to endure heavy foot traffic.

Each day, hundreds or even thousands of people come to them. In fact, they also receive abuse from heavy equipment and machinery, as well as moving inventory. As time goes by, such flooring would experience wear and tear, and eventually show noticeable damages.

So, if you own a commercial or industrial site and you need to search for durable flooring, you can consider the following options. They are ideal for manufacturing plants, retail spaces, and warehouses, among others.

Recommended Flooring Options for Commercial and Industrial Sites

According to BBC, your flooring options can have a significant effect on the overall look and feel of a room. The right choice of flooring can make a room more aesthetically appealing and also increase its functionality. More importantly, it can reduce the slip risk, according to WorkCover Queensland.

Thus, if you want your employees, clients, customers, and visitors to feel safe and comfortable in your establishment, you should consider using the following:

Vinyl Flooring

It is available in squares, sheets, and simulated planks. It also comes in different quality grades and strength. It is great for commercial settings including offices, retail stores, and restaurants. However, it may not be the right choice for sites where forklifts and heavy machinery are found.

Vinyl Plank Flooring adds warmth to this home in Lagos, Nigeria. View the full project here.

Tile Flooring

Concrete and ceramic tiles are durable. Hence, they are also ideal for commercial establishments such as retail stores. Then again, they may be prone to breakage and cracking if heavy machinery and equipment are used.

A simple tiled floor offers an affordable and durable option for the Beyond Fitness Studio in Victoria Island by Collection Developments. See the full project here.

Steel Floor Plate Flooring

Steel is highly durable. It is resistant to wear and abrasion. It is also lighter than concrete and tiles. In addition, it can have a dual purpose. You can use it for both structural support and flooring. This makes it great for raised structures.

This modern steel staircase from the Bento House in Brazil is a durable alternative to concrete or wood. See the full project here.

Concrete Flooring

It is ideal for commercial and industrial establishments due to its durability, practicality, and cost-effectiveness. It is actually stronger than vinyl, hardwood, and tile. It is often mixed with steel for an expensive and light flooring structure that is resistant to wear and tear.

Polished Concrete Floors add a restrained bit of character to the Seven Havens Luxury Residence by Budi Pradono Architects. See the full project here.

Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo is a type of grass, although it is sturdier than many building materials. It is just as attractive as hardwood, yet more durable. So, if you want your space to be functional and unique, you should consider bamboo flooring.

Bamboo flooring adds warmth to this bedroom in this modern courtyard home in Brazil. See the full project here.

What’s So Special About Bamboo Flooring?

Bamboo is actually a great alternative for hardwood. You can say that it is even better in some ways. For instance, it is more environmentally friendly compared to many hardwoods. So, if you care a great deal about the environment, you are better off using bamboo since it is easier to renew. 

There are different types of bamboo flooring you can choose from. You can check out vertical and horizontal solid styles, which give you a natural looking wood once stripped, dried, and treated.

You can also go for strand woven, which is fiber based and perfect for areas that receive a lot of foot traffic. You can also choose engineered bamboo flooring, which is able to repel water efficiently.

Bamboo flooring is very easy to clean. Don’t worry about water damage. If you choose the right finish for your bamboo flooring, you can expect your floor to stay in good condition for many years.

Moreover, you can rest assured that you will not go over your budget. Compared to oak and hickory, bamboo flooring is cheaper. It usually costs just about $2 per square foot.

With regard to the drawbacks, there aren’t a lot of flaws with bamboo flooring. Perhaps, you will only have some problems with it if your property is in an area with high humidity. Humidity can shrink and warp bamboo in the long run. Then again, if your bamboo flooring has a good finish, it can resist against humidity.Indeed, there are many different types of flooring that you can check out when considering high traffic areas. When searching for the most durable flooring option, see to it that you also consider your budget, personal preferences, needs, and location. This way, you can maximize your options and get the best value for your money.

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