When looking to install new flooring in your commercial facility, the options can be overwhelming, especially if you’re considering changing the type of flooring. Choosing new flooring for your facility shouldn’t feel like a chore, but should instead make you, your tenants, or employees feel renewed in the space. While there are several options on the market to choose from, including options that look like other options (like vinyl or laminate that looks like hardwood) you need to be prepared to understand what your facility needs to be successful. This is where Omni Facility Maintenance Services can be your trusted partner; we’ve installed new flooring for commercial facilities in the Chicagoland area for over 30 years.
1.What are my business’s needs?
Prior to determining what type of flooring you will want to install in your commercial facility, you will need to determine what your building’s needs are. There is a huge difference between what type of flooring is needed inside of a tenant space versus a retail shop. Start by writing down how your facility serves the public and this will help point you in the right direction for what type of flooring you will need in your commercial facility.
2. What is the purpose of each area?
This question is for the facilities that will need to install different types of flooring. For example, if you’re working on finishing tenant spaces, you will probably want a different flooring in the living room versus the kitchen, bathroom, or bedroom. While you may still decide to use a lot of the same flooring throughout your facility, it’s important to consider if there are certain areas, like bathrooms, that will require sturdier flooring (like tile instead of carpet). When considering what is the purpose of each area, you will want to consider things like foot traffic. How many people are going to be walking on this flooring and how often? This leads into our next question.
3. Where am I located?
Your location will heavily impact the type of flooring you will want in your facility. You will want to consider many factors here, including the year-round weather in your area, what other facilities you are next to, whether you are on the ground floor or higher up, or whether people walk directly into your facility or if there is a lobby to introduce them to the building before they enter your business. Where your business is located will help you determine the type and amount of foot traffic you will receive, as well as what that foot traffic might be tracking in and onto your flooring.
4. What is my budget?
Determining your budget for new flooring can seem daunting, but when you partner with a team like Omni Facility Maintenance, we can help you determine a good budget range based on the questions you answer (like the ones here in this blog). How much you are going to spend on new flooring depends heavily on what you will need that flooring to do, how you want it to look, and the maintenance level you wish to provide.
5. What maintenance level do I want?
How long your floors last depends on two things: 1) Proper installation from a reputable and licensed company and 2) proper maintenance starting immediately after the flooring is installed. Keeping your floors in good condition by caring for them properly is how you can get the most out of your investment. Some cleaning options, like carpet, require a higher maintenance level while floorings such as vinyl require less maintenance.
Omni Facility Maintenance Services can help you determine the perfect new flooring for your commercial facility, but you need to start by asking yourself these foundational questions. While you may not have all the answers, pondering these things early can help narrow down the options and make the process smoother when you are ready to move forward with selecting your new commercial flooring. Installing a new flooring in your facility doesn’t have to be a chore; partner with Omni Facility Maintenance Services to remove the headache of choosing your flooring alone. We can help!