Commercial flooring will be subjected to heavy use. Therefore, you must consider the maintenance requirements of any material you choose. Some materials may be initially cheap, but the long-term maintenance needs may make them the more expensive option.
To avoid spending too much time and money on your commercial floors in the long run, you should find a material with low maintenance demands.
Quarry tile is one of the most durable flooring materials. This material is formed in a process similar to brick making. This makes the material very hard, and therefore wear-resistant. This material is also impervious to water. As a result, quarry tile is an ideal flooring material for areas that experience frequent spills e.g. commercial kitchens. Quarry tile is fairly easy to clean too.
The main limitation of quarry tile is the limited number of colors its available in.
Carpet tile offers a soft-surface flooring solution that lasts long and is easy to maintain. If a regular broadloom carpet is stained or damaged, you'll need to replace the whole role. However, a carpet tile will only need the replacement of the damaged tile and it'll be back to normal.
This means you can spend less on material and labor. In the long run, these benefits of carpet tile help to offset their higher initial cost.
In general, concrete makes for a durable commercial flooring material. However, polished concrete is especially well suited for such applications. The floors are made by treating the concrete mixture with a substrate that will make it harder. Polishing is later done and a sealant applied. The sealant comes in different colors, and, as a result, you will not be limited to a few design choices. Decorative concrete can involve a number of colors or patterns as well as embossed materials; all of these options are still easy to maintain.
This type of concrete can last for a very long time with limited maintenance. It can handle oil stains, forklift traffic, and even chemical spills.
Luxury Vinyl Tile
This material combines the strength and look of tile with the lower cost of vinyl. The result is a material that is much easier to maintain but doesn't cost nearly as much as it looks. LVT comes with an outer layer that is wear resistant, which means it doesn't require as much maintenance as vinyl composition tile.
Another benefit of LVT is that it can be made to mimic the looks of other materials. Talk to a flooring services company, like Stephens & Smith Construction Inc, to find out if they can help you to achieve the look that you want.