There are many different kinds of flooring, and any one of them could be considered suitable for an office depending on its needs.
As these needs are of course diverse for every place of work, Luxury Flooring & Furnishings have compiled a list to rank the best to worst practical flooring types for an office. Read below to help make your decision.
Safety flooring – 10/10
You may recognise safety flooring from public bathrooms, hospitals and GP surgeries. It is common here because it is non-slip, extremely safe and easy to clean, has no gaps to harbour dirt and reassures those in the room of these facts by its distinct look. It can also come in stone or wood effects to provide a stylish appearance for a workplace. Unlike stone or real wood flooring however, safety flooring can also withstand exposure to moisture, humidity or temperature changes. The versatility of safety flooring makes it suitable in an office – including as bathroom or kitchen flooring – although bright colours should be chosen to avoid clinical and cold atmospherics.
Carpet tiles – 10/10
Similarly, carpet tiles are also highly practical in an office, but for other reasons. For example, they help create a homely look that makes employees feel comfortable and more productive, as well as hiding unsightly dirt and providing warmth to save on heating bills. They cannot withstand spillages well, but this is unimportant in a main office room where these are unlikely. Carpet tiles are the norm for many offices for a reason – and this should be considered when purchasing office flooring. Always make use of doormats at entrances to ensure carpet tiles last as long as possible.
Laminate – 8/10
Laminate not only helps achieve a wood or stone look for a comforting atmosphere with practicality, but it is also a cheap flooring option. If you have just moved into a new office or prefer to spend more cash elsewhere, laminate is great. The practical abilities are endless too – with anti-static, anti-allergen, anti-stain, easy to clean properties, it is no wonder laminate is so popular. Laminate will overall help ensure that your flooring and employees are comfortable for the duration of the floor’s lifetime.
LVT – 6/10
Although quite similar to laminate, LVT – luxury vinyl tiles – are much better in domestic than commercial spaces. Of course, specially treated commercial varieties are available, but often with a lower lifespan than laminate. They can help save you money, come in varied wood, tile and stone designs, and are waterproof, making them perfect for low footfall office kitchens. However, there is slightly more of a slip risk than with safety flooring, so it would be best to opt for those in office kitchen or bathrooms. In main office rooms, again these should be medium to low footfall, and you should be careful to use doormats, as LVT can stain or become damaged easily. As long as you are sure of your environment, LVT should not be a problem, but the less predictable things are, you should maybe stay away from this one.
Wood flooring – 5/10
Although wood flooring is sturdy and durable, it can be quite expensive for office flooring, given there are much more practical options as above. It is a good choice if you receive visits from rich clients who you wish to impress, or hold interviews and meetings in there, as this creates a worthwhile impression regarding elegance, luxury, and your finances. Alternatively, an office at home or long-term low-risk premises may make the investment worth it. The overall inability of solid wood to handle water, moisture and humidity, and the need for both solid and engineered flooring to be looked after well means wood flooring is the least recommended for any office.
Again, it all depends on your environment and it is ultimately your choice, but we hope this guide has helped make a more informed decision on what practical flooring you need.