Whether you’re starting a new business or looking to upgrade your current space, one of the most foundational considerations is the flooring. The flooring choice must be in sync with your business mission, the personnel and the day-to-day activities conducted there. Gone are the days when linoleum, concrete, or plain Berber carpeting were your only options. Today’s business and commercial flooring options bring a range of offerings that are as functional as they are stylish. Even concrete has gotten a facelift, with many polishing techniques and appealing finishes available. The experts at Floor Coverings International Jupiter share some of the hottest trends in business and commercial flooring.
Advances in printing and rendering technologies have brought vinyl to new places. Just about any texture, surface, or look can be emulated. Simulated grout lines, high-end finishes, tumbled edges, and natural stone looks are available. Luxury vinyl still comes in rolls, but it’s also available in tiles for even more flexible installation options. Luxury vinyl is also more durable than ever before, making it an ideal choice for commercial applications.
In addition to vinyl, rubber flooring has made great strides in terms of aesthetics, looks, and design options. From appealing, low-gloss solid colors to polished patterns, rubber offers a highly durable and versatile choice. Schools, hospitals, and industrial settings are just a few of the many settings that can benefit from rubber flooring. It’s also very easy to maintain.
The carpet tile is also trending in business spaces. Ease of installation, improved durability, and more design options are fueling this trend. The price of carpet tiles is more competitive as manufacturing innovations make it more viable for large spaces. Business owners also appreciate the fact that in the event one tiled area is damaged, it can be easily replaced.
Not surprisingly, sustainability remains a theme in commercial flooring choices. There are more “green” options than ever before, and these planet-friendly options also happen to be more resilient. Low VOC flooring and biobased options made of U.S. sourced plant materials are just a couple examples of the innovations that have taken place. Cork and modern versions of linoleum continue to trend in this category as well.
Breaking Down Walls
Another more general trend in workplace flooring is the reduction of set offices and cubicles in favor of more open shared spaces. Office floors are less defined by walls or partitions, which opens up new flooring design possibilities. Large areas of bold colors or attractive patterns can give a workplace modern appeal and be more energizing for employees.
New flooring looks and materials emerge more slowly in commercial spaces than residential, but they do evolve as the decades pass. If you will be starting a business in the near future or are looking to upgrade your current space, consider these business and workplace flooring trends for 2016 and beyond. Give the experts at Floor Coverings International Jupiter a call today to schedule your free in-home consultation where we bring the samples to you. We proudly serve the greater Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County areas.
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