Choosing the right type of flooring for your office and office circulation areas can be a difficult task. Office flooring is about integrating style with substance whilst always keeping an eye on budget. When reflooring your offices you need to consider the work rooms, communal office spaces, break-out areas and also the needs of your employees and clients. Noise management, accessibility and disability should all be considered along with style, fashion and corporate image. With so many options, how do you choose the right flooring for your office? There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. It will depend on the type of office, your budget, your preferred design plus a number of other factors. We will talk you through the various options below.
Broadloom carpet is a traditional option for hotels, care homes and office flooring. As the name suggests, it is woven on a large loom and is perfect for large carpeted areas where you want to minimise the appearance of seams. Generally provided in either 2m or 4m wide rolls, it can give a classier appearance than some flooring options and is well suited for areas of high footfall. This option is most suitable for the more traditional office environment or a high class venue with a large number of employees.
Carpet tiles are a great choice for most office environments and provide a lot of flexibility in terms of design and creativity. Popular brands include Burmatex and Heuga. They work great in reception areas, corridors, classrooms, lecture theatres and large open plan rooms. There is no limit to the size of an area carpet tiles can cover! It is possible to create a stylish patterned floor by using 2, 3, 4 or more coloured tiles. We can blend ranges, patterns and colours to create amazing installations and this styling can be used to ‘zone’ areas also. Installing carpet tiles is very quick and easy and will cost less than the fitting a broadloom floor. Carpet tiles are also easier to maintain as a damaged tile can be easily replaced with having to refit the whole floor. This option is suited for all sizes of commercial, educational and healthcare areas, with high footfall.
Vinyl tiles are a very popular choice for corridors, circulation areas and flooring for your office. They are one of the most cost-effective options for these environments. They are extremely durable and are great for areas with heavy footfall. It is not unheard of for vinyl tile flooring to last 15-20 years without noticeable damage. They are easy to keep clean and great for a smart, minimalist environment. They are used a lot in hospitals and schools so it is important to style them properly to add value to your environment. If badly set out they can seem quite sterile in an office environment. By mixing colours and designs they can look great. The one thing to be cautious of with these floors is the acoustics. This option is best for office environments with large space, heavy footfall, and low maintenance.
Luxury Vinyl Tiles
Luxury vinyl tiles are more expensive than standard vinyl tiles, but will give you lots of flexibility in terms of design. Popular brands include Amtico and Karndean. It is possible to get luxury vinyl tiles in wood and natural stone styles, which look surprisingly realistic. Unlike “natural flooring” options such as wood and stone, they are easy to clean and maintain, provide quality and safety as well as fantastic, classy interior styling. To achieve high-end appearances, luxury vinyl tiles is a great way to go. This option is most suited for stylish, modern office environments with high footfall, and minimum maintenance. They can be mixed with other flooring types such as broadloom carpets or carpet tiles to add endurance, acoustic stability and substance to your interior design.