How to Choose the Right Flooring for High-Traffic Commercial Areas
Commercial facilities have special considerations when it comes to their flooring needs but especially when it comes to high-traffic areas. At Blackrock Industrial flooring contractor in Miami, we can help you understand the differences in flooring materials and the pros and cons of each one for your space regardless of the amount of traffic you receive or the type. Here are some considerations we will factor into our recommendations for your facilities.
One of the biggest considerations is the type of facility you are flooring. What is your business? How do you use your space? The way you use your flooring makes a big difference in what we will recommend. For example, medical and pharmaceutical facilities will often need high-performance, easy to clean that resists moisture and microbes, such as epoxy flooring. Manufacturing and storage facilities will need strong, durable flooring that is easy to clean and easy to maintain. Schools, libraries, and gyms need durable flooring with reflective surfaces and customized colors or markings to distinguish spaces or mark direction or traffic flow. Terrazzo or epoxy floors can be a great choice for them, too.
Your industry may affect the type of flooring you use. Garages, auto showrooms, hangars, and similar facilities need heavy-duty flooring that can hold up not just to heavy foot traffic but also heavy machinery. Epoxy flooring can withstand chemicals, abrasion, and all kinds of spills. It is easy to maintain and reflects light to create a highly durable, extremely safe flooring system.
Similarly, the food and beverage industry and the hospital industry require slip-resistance and the ability to meet safety and sanitary requirements. Schools need durable, easy-to-maintain budget-friendly flooring. Medical buildings need smooth, durable flooring that meets strict sanitation requirements and is easy to clean. Retail and corporate facilities see similarly high traffic but often have branding concerns that can be easily met by incorporating colors and branding through epoxy or urethane flooring.
The performance of your floor might be your primary concern, but the look of your floor also matters. When choosing a commercial flooring material, you will need to consider the purpose and function of the space and determine the most appropriate color scheme or pattern. You may need to determine if you want the same flooring throughout the building or space or if you are going to use a combination of materials, such as concrete or epoxy and terrazzo. Will any spaces need to be kept sterile or disinfected regularly, or will you be using harsh cleaning materials? Concrete and epoxy are uniquely designed to withstand heavy traffic and can hold up to some of the toughest conditions. Antimicrobial ingredients can even be incorporated into epoxy floors for added safety in certain environments.
Flooring can be easily overlooked, but it can make a big difference in the look and function of your facility and employee safety and comfort as well as your maintenance costs. Other factors we will address when determining the best flooring for your facility can include:
- The lifespan of the flooring
- The ability to recycle the flooring
- Maintenance requirements
- Manufacturing methods
- Installation time
- Load-bearing requirements
- The amount of traffic
- ADA compliance
- Building code compliance
At Blackrock Industrial flooring contractor in Miami, we offer comprehensive commercial flooring solutions that meet your needs. Visit us today to learn more about your options or schedule a consultation with a site specialist.