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One of the great things about flooring is that you can sometimes install a new floor right on top of the old one. For example, if you have an old hardwood floor, you can often have carpet put down on top of it. You may even be able to have stone or ceramic tile laid down on top of the hardwood, too. This saves you the hassle of having to remove the original floor first. Keep in mind, this is just one of many clever tricks that flooring contractors know. You'll probably discover more of them on this blog, where it's our goal to share information about flooring.

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Two Popular Options In Commercial Flooring For Your Office Building

Commercial flooring is usually made to be tougher and more durable than home flooring so it tolerates foot traffic without wearing out too fast. There are a few options you can choose from to achieve the look you like, but you also want to consider how easy the flooring is to keep clean. Here are two good options to consider when you need new commercial flooring.

Vinyl Flooring When You Want The Look Of Wood

Vinyl is a good choice because it has an attractive appearance. Vinyl planks look like hardwood flooring. Vinyl tiles and sheet vinyl can look like wood too, or you can choose neutral or bright colors for your floor. Commercial vinyl flooring is tough so it can handle foot traffic, and it's easy to clean. The flooring is even water-resistant or waterproof, depending on the type of flooring you choose.

You have a choice in installation methods too, such as planks that click together, tiles that glue to the floor, and sheets that lay flat without the need for attachments. You can buy vinyl flooring that is certified to have low VOC outgassing so you don't have to worry about the safety of the flooring in an enclosed office space.

Commercial Carpet Tiles When You Want To Add Warmth

Carpeting isn't the best option for a commercial setting since carpeting is challenging to keep clean. The exception is commercial carpet tiles. These have a low pile, so they're easy to roll chairs across and so they're easy to vacuum. Plus, since the carpet goes down in individual tiles, a damaged or stained tile can be replaced without having to replace the entire carpet.

Carpet tiles are made of different materials, but they are designed for commercial use so the fibers are strong to resist wear and tear. The tiles might be glued, they might have adhesive strips that grip the floor, or they might interlock. Carpet tiles are more expensive than carpet, but they are more convenient for a commercial setting.

You can go wall to wall with commercial carpet tiles, or you can just cover the center of the room as you would with an area rug. You could even place carpet tiles over commercial vinyl flooring when you want an attractive design that looks like a colorful rug over hardwood floors. This might be a good option for an office or waiting area.

You may prefer a different type of flooring for your building, so the key is to look for a product that is labeled commercial flooring and not residential. While you might install flooring meant for a home, it may not last long or give you good value for your money when used on a busy commercial floor with a lot of activity every day.