Flooring is the most challenging element of a retail environment. It has to maintain the aesthetic appeal of a new flagship store, serve regular functional demands, and withstand the wear and tear from heavy foot traffic while cutting down noise. Besides these factors, installation method, cleaning, maintenance, comfort and safety are also critical aspects you should consider when it comes to choosing flooring for retail spaces.
In this blog post, we’ll discuss three of the best flooring options for retail stores and commercial spaces.
- Vinyl Flooring
Vinyl is a popular flooring choice for commercial applications. It’s durable, water-resistant, and easy to maintain. Vinyl is available in a wide variety of colours, textures, and styles that mimic the look of ceramic, stone, and hardwood.
There are two types of vinyl qualities for commercial use – printed vinyl and solid or composite vinyl. The first type of vinyl is available in wear layer thicknesses ranging from 10mm to 30 mm. The quality of the protective coating determines how well it can handle the different levels of foot traffic. Composite vinyl, on the other hand, is known for its sturdiness and is more preferred in commercial spaces. It’s made by combining limestone and vinyl coloured chips which are heated and pressed together. A proper sealant and waxing can also make this type of vinyl stain-resistant. Also, you won’t need to worry about fading of its colour with time as the colours are homogeneous throughout.
- Laminate Flooring
Laminate flooring is a good choice for retail spaces with moderate traffic. Commercial laminates have four layers. The main portion of the laminate board is made of high-density fibreboard. Below the fibreboard, there is a back layer which will sit directly on the subfloor. On top of the fibreboard, there’s a decorative print layer that mimics patterns of hardwood, stone, and other materials. Above this print layer, there’s a clear laminate layer fused with heat that acts as the wear layer which protects the board from stains, dust, and penetration of liquids.
Laminate boards are categorized into five scales depending on use and durability. When purchasing laminate flooring for your retail store, you must consider the abrasion class rating (AC) based on your needs and budget. To know more about AC rating and things to consider when buying laminate flooring, click here.
- Hardwood Flooring
Hardwood flooring is a classic and timeless choice for high traffic areas. With an extensive choice of species, colours, grains, and patterns, hardwood can provide exceptional performance in retail environments. A proper UV-cured sealant can protect it from scratches, and scuffs that are common in any public space with heavy traffic. However, you need to ensure that the humidity level is proper in the area. You also need to keep the floor surface free from dust and debris to protect it from scratches.
If you’re still unsure about the right flooring choice for your retail store, contact a commercial flooring expert for suggestions. At Amazon Hardwood Center, we serve our customers in Toronto and across the GTA with exceptional quality and value.