Commercial flooring trends

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Flooring in commercial sector has a much different purpose than flooring in residential settings. Home flooring is generally chosen for luxury and aesthetics. Commercial flooring, on the other hand, is chosen for its performance and maintenance requirements. Simply put, commercial flooring is installed based solely on its ability to withstand rugged wear and tear, high foot traffic, and daily spills.

At least that was the case yesterday. Modern advancement in commercial flooring is making design more accessible, with interesting textures, patterns, shape and color options. The best part is that these improvements come without sacrificing performance.

The old (safe) guard

For decades, the go-to flooring in the commercial industry has been monotone 12’’*12’’ tiles-not exactly awe-inspiring. There were three main reasons for using these tiles:

  1. They were virtually indestructible.
  2. They were very easy to maintain.
  3. Commercial flooring only had to be practical not pretty.

The first two reasons will always be current. Durability and maintenance are primary concern for commercial properties. But the third reason has gone by the wayside. Today, the modern design matters.

New design trends

The main problem with 12’’*12’’ cream speckled tile is that they’re a constant reminder to customers and employees that they’re in a commercial setting. The old argument was that commercial buildings weren’t designed for comfort. Don’t business want customers and employees to feel invited? It turns out they do.

Many business have found great success implementing these simple new design trends into the commercial building:

Reinvent traditional patterns

We’re not about being anti-12’’ tile. Their functionality is superior. By simply replacing some of the monotone tiles with different colored tiles, commercial space can entirely transformed. Consider selecting an accent color, perhaps one that is used in artwork or on the walls. It helps to get creative and place the color tiles strategically, so that they look like international design elements. When don this way, 12’’ tiles can be one of the most striking flooring options available.

Rectilinear hexagonal shapes

One of the simple ways to improve the look of square tiles is to change their shape. Rectilinear hexagonal shaped tiles are 6-sided hexagonal shapes that are formed in a straight line. The hexagonal patterns provide a subtle yet significant update. Since the shapes can align with each other in a number of different ways, color-blocking patterns can be created to add contrast and drama.

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Striated tiles and striped carpet

Linear patterns are popular in commercial design for a number of reasons. They make space appear to be larger, for one. Linear patterns also act as a subliminal guide for visitors, leading them through your space.

Striates tiles feature linear grains with marking on them. These tiles set a luxurious tone in a commercial bathroom or meeting room.

When tile isn’t and option, striped carpets provide a unique and durable alternative. Hotel owners might apply striped carpets to stairways to make the environment look grander.

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Photographic laminate

One thing commercial property owners and managers have a hard time justifying is investing large sums of overhead into flooring, which has no measurable ROI. Laminate flooring imprinted with the look of wood, granite, or stone can be installed for a fraction of the cost of other options. Modern technologies have made the photographic prints more realistic than ever, with laminate coating is stain-proof.

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The ‘’hot 4’’ materials

If you’re looking for additional materials listed below are unique and stylish with great performance and durability.

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The ultimate combination of durability and beauty has to be terrazzo flooring. This is flooring that’s here to stay. Terrazzo is composite materials poured into the surface on-site. With terrazzo, incorporating quartz, marble, granite, or glass into the material can customize surfaces, textures and finishes. Terrazzo can be also used for retrofitting a commercial building, with hints of marble and quartz sprinkled through the terrazzo tile that will replicate the same elegance as actual marble and quartz, at the much more affordable price, carpet tiles.

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They are certain commercial setting where carpet is much more desirable than other flooring materials. Some of these applications include hotel rooms, offices, and other businesses when sound absorption and foot comfort is a priority.

Laying carpet rolls is risky because one section become damaged the whole piece must be replaced or patched. Carpet tiles provide a much better option, with interlocking grips that make them easier to install the carpet rolls. Because they are tiles, the same color blocking methods discussed above can applied for endless design variations.

Resilient flooring

Resilient, or vinyl, flooring is well known for its durability, affordability, and maintenance. Modern resilient vinyl floor have the same performance attributes that mode the material so popular 30 years ago. What’s new today is a high-end design. Today’s resilient flooring has been reinvented with modern images that can replicate hardwood, stone, and granite. Texture can be even added in for additional authenticity.

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Polish concrete

For heavily traveled commercial areas with extremely high foot traffic, polished concrete is one of the most affordable surface on a per-year performance basis because it will last for the entire of the building.

Polished concrete has an unmistakable shine and can take on a variety of colors for limitless design options. Often times, polished.

Concrete is an affordable alternative to marble flooring. It reflects light and so can used to soften and brighten commercial areas.

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For more inspiration and suggestion on commercial remodeling in Toronto, feel free to contact to Tavan Madar Design and Construction Group today!


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