Best options for your office flooring

If you are in the process of redecorating your office in London, the type of flooring that you decide to use might appear to be minor in comparison to the other decor. However, this is a very big misconception, as it is essential that you choose a material that is suitable for the type of office that you are running. There are a number of materials that you can use for the flooring in an office, so the decision might appear to be a little daunting at first. To help you, here is a guide on the best options for your office flooring hat should help to get you started.

Bamboo flooring

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Bamboo is often considered to be the most stylish choice, and therefore one of the best options for your office flooring. As well as being aesthetically pleasing, Bamboo also has many functional advantages that makes it stand out from other materials. Due to its water resistance, it is very easy to clean and maintain, as dust and dirt can be removed using a vacuum or sweeping brush, or using Bona Pro Hardwood Floor Cleaner & Bona Pro Hardwood Floor Mop for a deeper clean. Bamboo is also one of the best options for your office flooring as the installation and pricing is is similar to hard wood flooring, so going for the classier option is not met with these kinds of drawbacks. Moreover, one of the most positive aspects of using Bamboo flooring is that it is made from natural material, which is a very important tend in the construction industry today. As the world becomes steadily more polluted with plastics and other man made materials, Bamboo is a renewable, biodegradable option, as it can be found in abundance and also only takes 3-5 years to reach maturity. In comparison, trees can take upwards of 20 years, so are clearly more difficult to replace, so are perhaps not the best options for your office flooring.

However, despite these advantages, there are also some negative aspects of bamboo flooring that you should be aware of. Although certain types of bamboo flooring can be very durable, it is quite easily scratched, so might not be the best options for your office flooring is you wish to use it in a large and busy office space, as things such as furniture and high heels might ruin the finish. Due to the carbonisation process that is used to colour the wood, bamboo flooring will also be weaker the darker its colour. Despite this, if the surface does become a little damaged, bamboo can also be refinished by being sanded down and reapplying a fresh finish to give it a new look. Bamboo is therefore one of the best options for your office flooring as it can have a very long life time so long if it is maintained well, in a non-humid and dry environment, so in this sense it is very cost-effective. However, despite bamboo being natural and renewable, there are some other concerns that makes the use of bamboo environmentally ambiguous. The manufacturing process, for example, can lead to the emission of volatile organic chemicals, and there are also concerns that forests are being cut down to make space for bamboo fields because of their high demand. In terms of the environment, there are clearly many pros and cons of using bamboo, so it is up to you to base your decision based on the weight of these factors.

Hard-wood flooring

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The advantages and disadvantage of using hard-wood flooring are very similar to that of bamboo, which makes them one of the best options for your office flooring, although there are a few exceptions. Although bamboo can be pretty durable, certain types of hard-wood are even more so, but can also be scratched and cracked in the same way. The variety of different species of  trees that can be used to make wooden flooring also means that you can have more of a choice in the pattern and colour, without compromising the strength of the wood. While there is a major draw back in the fact that it takes so long for a tree to reach maturity, trees are also much bigger than bamboo plants, so a lot more of the product can be made from one plant. Once again, you will have to weight up the environmental pros and cons of using hard-wood flooring, as although this is a natural, biodegradable plant, there are many drawbacks that might overshadow this.

Laminate flooring

If your looking to redo your flooring relatively cheaply, then Laminate flooring is one of the best options for your office flooring. It is very versatile as it can be made to look like anything from hard-wood to stone, but without many of the draw backs that come with these types of material. It is also put together using clicking installation, so a relatively inexperienced person should be able to do it themselves without much trouble. Laminate flooring is also one of the best options for your office flooring because it is incredibly durable and easy to clean, so is a very good material to use in a busy, heavy-traffic office, and also doesn’t have any of the hygiene concerns to do with mould that can sometimes be associated with natural material. However, because laminate flooring is not natural, the use of this material is environmentally questionable. In addition, though it has the appearance of hard-wood, laminate flooring can often seem fake as it does not feel or sound like the real thing. Sound insulation can also be a problem with this material. To reduce the effect of this, be sure to install a thick underlay, so that this does not become a problem later. As well as this, perhaps the biggest negative associated with laminate flooring is that it cannot be refinished. If a part of the flooring is damaged, it must be replaced, and over time the top layer of the material often wares away, meaning that the entire floor will need to be replaced. In comparison to hard wood and bamboo, laminate flooring therefore has a relatively short life-span. It therefore appears justified to state that there are many pros and cons associated with laminate flooring, so it is up to you to weigh them up and decide if you think that it is one of the best options for your office flooring.

Vinyl flooring

Vinyl flooring is another man made material that has all the relative concerns, however, it also has a number of positive aspects that has proclaimed it to be one of the most sort after materials for a high-traffic office space. The surface of vinyl flooring is incredibly soft in comparison to some of the other materials mentioned due to the fact that it is backed by a thin layer of either felt of foam, so if something such as a glass is dropped, it is not likely to break. However, if something sharp is dropped it may damage the surface of the vinyl. This material is another that can come in a variety of different colours and designs, including ones make to look like natural material such as wood or stone. It also wears very well, as it is incredibly durable, with many manufactures ensuring that it will later between 15-20 years. Like the others, it is also very easy to clean, and will usually not require any other maintenance after its installation other than hoovering or sweeping.

However, there are some major cons with using vinyl flooring. This is largely to do with the fact that the material can emit polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and volatile organic compounds (VOC), especially when it is new. It is important to note, however, that since 2010, many manufacturers have started using less PVC in their vinyl flooring products. As mentioned before, a sharp edge can gouge the surface of the vinyl. This becomes a particular problem when it comes to moving furniture, so it is important to install furniture pads on the feet of all feet.

Carpet tiles

Carpet tiles are another durable invention that are prefect for the office. Although they are not the best for a very high-trafficked office, if some of the tiles do becomes damaged, each tiles can be individually replaced rather than having to do the entire floor. This means that they are very cost effective and be maintained very easily. However, one disadvantage of this is that the new tiles can often make the others look worn out and shabby, so it is best to not use this material in a space where you are going to be entertaining clients. Carpet tiles are also incredibly easy to install, so you will save a huge amount by not having to hire a professional.

Concrete flooring

Last but not least, it has become an increasing trend to ‘scrap’ traditional flooring and use the actual concrete that the building is made of for the flooring. This minimalist style is certainly the most durable, and will not be damaged by things like high heels or dropped objects. unlike common perception, concrete can also be made to be very patterned and colourful, as shown in the pictures above. It is also very easy to maintain, requiring a fresh seal or wax every 3-9 months depending on the amount of traffic in the office. Other than this, a normal cleaning agent can be used for dust and spills. Concrete is also environmentally friendly, so is light on your carbon footprint as well as your wallet.