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The Best Heavy-Duty Commercial Flooring Options

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Three Commercial Flooring Options Tough Enough to Get the Job Done

If your workplace experiences a lot of heavy traffic, your business needs to be tough. That means your floor should be, too.


At Floor Coverings International, we’ve identified the best heavy-duty commercial flooring options for your business. To help you choose the best for you, we’ve broken down the durability standards for each. No matter which flooring you choose, the experts at Floor Coverings International are here to help.

Resilient Vinyl Flooring

Highly regarded for its durability, vinyl flooring is one of the most popular floors in the “resilient flooring” category. This durable commercial flooring option is resistant to stains, scratches, discoloration, and general wear and tear. Its reliability and resiliency are why we rate it as one of the top high-traffic commercial flooring options on the market.


Picking the Most Heavy-Duty Option

While all vinyl flooring is classified as resilient flooring, not all vinyl floors are created equal. There are three factors that determine durability for vinyl flooring all of which you’ll need to know to make the choice:

  1.     Thickness of the wear layer
  2.     Wear layer finish
  3.     Standard vinyl vs. luxury vinyl flooring

The thickness of the wear layer is the single biggest factor affecting durability. For a heavier-duty option, choose a vinyl flooring with a thicker wear layer. For commercial-grade vinyl flooring options, a wear layer with a thickness of 28 mil or more is recommended. The higher the wear layer, the more heavy-duty the floor. You can talk to your personal Design Associate from Floor Coverings International to make sure you pick the right option.


The wear layer finish also affects durability. There are three categories of wear layer finishes for vinyl floors, and the heaviest-duty finishes fall into the Enhanced Coatings Category. Enhanced Coatings have a base urethane-coated finish, with an added enhancement, such as an additional aluminum oxide coating. Choose from the Enhanced Coatings for the most durable vinyl flooring finishes.


Finally, vinyl floors are available in either standard vinyl or luxury vinyl flooring. While both are resilient, luxury vinyl flooring is the most heavy-duty. This is because luxury vinyl uses materials that are more high-end and able to stand up to high levels of traffic. There’s also a difference in thickness, as luxury vinyl flooring can be as much as ten times thicker than standard vinyl.

Heavy-Duty Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is popular for residential use because of its low cost and ability to mimic natural flooring materials such as hardwood. However, manufacturers also make commercial-grade laminate flooring designed for heavy commercial use. These floor coverings are optimized for high-traffic areas and ideal for heavy commercial use.


Picking the Most Heavy-Duty Option

The large quantity of laminate flooring products produced every year includes a wide spectrum of durability levels. For this reason, it’s very important to pay close attention to durability rating of any laminate flooring you’re considering. This rating is referred to as the Abrasion Class or “AC” rating.


Developed by the European Producers of Laminate Flooring, the AC rating uses a variety of metrics to determine the resiliency of laminate flooring products. The traditional rating system starts at AC1 for light residential use and goes up to AC5.


For the most heavy-duty laminate flooring, AC5 is generally the best option. AC5 laminate flooring is used in very high-traffic areas such as public buildings and department stores. While most manufacturers will stop at AC5, a few have introduced AC6 laminate flooring for very heavy commercial use. Both AC5 and AC6 are heavy-duty, durable commercial flooring options that are tough enough to get the job done.

Durable Tile Flooring

Tile flooring isn’t just for your kitchen or bathroom. Commercial-grade tile flooring is incredibly durable and able to stand up to heavy traffic in a wide range of commercial environments. Tile can be a stylish option that’s aesthetically consistent with a business’ image, making it an attractive choice for commercial buyers.


Picking the Most Heavy-Duty Option

To make sure you get tile flooring, look for the “Porcelain Enamel Institute” (PEI) rating. The PEI rating indicates the hardness and durability of the tile flooring product, thus indicating how resilient the tile is. The PEI rating can tell you whether or not a tile flooring option is heavy-duty enough for commercial use.


For the most heavy-duty tile option, look for a PEI-5 rating. This durable commercial flooring option is rarely used for residential flooring and is instead typically reserved for commercial use. The thickness and durability of the tile is optimized for heavy traffic.


You can find the PEI rating for a tile flooring product by looking at tile specifications provided by manufacturer. This can sometimes be tricky to find, as there is no central database of PEI ratings for the major manufacturers. To make sure you’re getting the floor with the right rating, ask the expert Design Associates at Floor Coverings International.


Floor Coverings International offers the toughest commercial flooring options on the market. No matter what business you’re in, we have the heavy-duty options to get the job done. Learn more and schedule your FREE on-site design consultation today.

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