When it comes to running a business in the 21st-century business owners are faced with a competitive environment that is more cutthroat than ever before. Technology and the ease of information transfer, as well as the rise of the Internet, has allowed consumers greater choice than has ever been the case – and this has dramatically increased pressures on operating costs. At the same time demand for consumer goods has risen and this has put increased pressure on logistics companies to deliver – including those warehouses where goods are stored. Commercial properties such as warehouses are only one example of businesses that have been forced to find ways to improve the bottom line (every business is faced with the challenge) – and this can include investing in infrastructure that offers value for money – and reduces the overheads associated with maintenance.
One of the ways that these companies can reduce overheads is to invest in industrial and commercially suitable flooring that has been developed from materials that are robust enough to cope with high levels of traffic and industrial wear and tear while still offering virtually maintenance-free value for money and attractiveness. To help you secure your investment to your floors, you can ask for help to this Industrial Flooring Contractors in Leeds.
Here are three great choices that tick all the boxes for commercial and industrial applications.
Polished concrete has remained a firm favourite with organisations in search of a value for money flooring option for decades. One of the reasons that it has remained so popular is the fact that it is suitable for a wide variety of applications. Corporate office retail spaces such as motor showrooms find it perfectly suited to their uses due to its clean and modern finish, while warehouse owners are attracted to the fact that it is low maintenance and is easily cleaned. For commercial spaces that need to display the corporate identity in a highly visual manner, poured concrete is perfect as it can incorporate a customised logo or graphic (it can also be stained to resemble natural materials such as wood or stone fairly easily). Options for colouring poured concrete are almost limitless as well. Learn more about the benefits of polished concrete by visiting this Warehouse Flooring Contractor.
A bonus for many customer-facing commercial companies is that poured concrete is relatively environmentally friendly as its installation generates fairly little waste. Those commercial enterprises which are involved in food preparation or storage of goods that require the highest standards of hygiene and attention to safety value the material due to the fact that it is retards the growth of mold and mildew.
Another extremely popular material for commercial (or industrial) spaces is epoxy flooring. In recent years the popularity of this hard-wearing material has been growing in leaps and bounds. It can today be found in a number of commercial settings including automotive service operations, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, the food and beverage industry and operations and areas where high foot traffic is the norm such as airports and schools. The hard-wearing and abrasion-resistant nature of epoxy flooring has also seen it become popular in parking garages. Epoxy flooring has insulating properties and is suitable for use in a wide variety of temperature environments. It is also resistant to chemical staining and damage, as well as heat and UV rays – making it perfect for both indoor and outdoor use.
Although not as tough and durable as epoxy or poured concrete flooring vinyl flooring remains a popular choice in many environments such as hospitals, schools and colleges, hospitals and in the leisure and hospitality industry. For those operations that require a more luxurious appearance to the flooring, there are luxury vinyl tile (LVT) options. In those commercial environments where a value for money and easy to clean flooring option will suit traffic requirements and budget, the options of vinyl sheet flooring or vinyl composition tile are extremely attractive. Even though vinyl may not boast the iron durability of epoxy and poured concrete, it is water-resistant and the number of attractive patterns and colours is almost limitless.
Add to this the attraction of being easy to install (often the business can undertake the installation themselves) and the fact that vinyl can easily be cut to fit even the most challenging of flooring layouts and it is not difficult to understand why this evergreen flooring material has maintained its popularity. However, it should be mentioned that when compared to the above two options vinyl flooring is not as environmentally friendly due to the volatile chemicals that are vented during the manufacturing process – as well as some of the glues that are used during installation.
The guiding principle to the selection of the right flooring material for the individual business must of course be its unique needs. However, what is apparent to any business is that the correct choice of flooring can have a material impact on the bottom line of the business. Research is the key to finding that perfect flooring choice – a lack of research and an incorrect choice can be expensive in the long run, something no business needs in the current dog-eat-dog 21st-century commercial environment.