After all, the appearance of your business is a huge part of your brand. And if you’ve put any time into making your business look great, you’ve spent some time thinking about flooring.
Why did you choose the flooring style you went with? Was it because it was cheap? Easy to clean? Looked good? All of these are valid reasons to choose one style of flooring over another, but they can’t just be considered alone.
If you’re looking to buy commercial tile for your business, you need to consider all the factors before making a decision. Commercial flooring tiles look and feel great, and can add exactly what you’re looking for in your business space, but they can also be more expensive than other options, and repairs can also be costly. Before selecting a commercial tile for your space, you’ll need to think about factors like wear, accident risk, and what sort of material you’re considering before you can even start to look at samples.
All of that can seem overwhelming. Luckily, that’s why Floor Coverings International is here! Let us walk you through some of the main factors that customers consider when selecting a commercial tile.
Choosing a commercial tile doesn’t need to be complicated or difficult. Here are a few of the factors customers should consider before they start looking seriously at commerical flooring tile options.
Commercial Tile Material: There are several different ways that commercial tiles are created. Clay tiles are either porcelain or non-porcelain, also called ceramic. These tiles are highly durable, and can usually be found in many colors. Natural stone tiles often contain beautiful patterns, but are less suitable for commercial tile flooring because most of them do not wear well. What sort of look are you going for?
Durability: How much traffic will your business be getting? Different commercial tile materials will hold up differently to traffic. The Porcelain Enamel Institute has a scale for determining hardness. You should probably stick to PEI 4 or PEI 5 for your commercial flooring needs, though you might be able to get away with PEI 3 for areas with light foot traffic, like waiting rooms. Natural stone tiles are probably not durable enough for moderate-traffic areas, except harder stones like granite.
Maintenance and Upkeep: Commercial tile looks great but you will have to spend some time and money for it to continue looking great. Natural stone tiles will need to be sealed periodically, and porcelain and ceramic tiles will need to be cleaned regularly and kept free of water. Consider how much moisture your flooring will be exposed to, and what risk of frost those tiles will be exposed to.
Once you have a clear picture of your needs for a commercial tile— how durable, what colors, maintenance needs— give us a call. Our commercial flooring tile experts will be happy to help clarify anything you might need and get you started picking commercial tiles. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you with your commercial tile project!