The 5 Most Durable Commercial Flooring Options for High Traffic Areas
Commercial businesses that have high traffic areas or areas that heavyweight equipment or machinery roll over regularly, must choose commercial flooring that is strong enough to handle the stress. Installing a durable surface that can handle this kind of abuse is important. The following are five of the most durable commercial floorings available to commercial clients.
Ceramic tile flooring is one of the hardest and most durable materials available. It is also stain-resistant and easy to clean. This makes it a good choice for high traffic areas in commercial buildings. When properly installed, ceramic tile floors can last many years with heavy use. Ceramic tile is an affordable flooring choice for building owners with limited budgets.
In addition, ceramic tile floors are available in a variety of styles, patterns, and colors, so building owners can choose a tile that matches their design plan and meets their needs.
Ceramic tile floors have many benefits but they do have some drawbacks. They are not smooth floors but have a lot of grout lines. Ceramic floors are strong but are subject to cracking and other damage. Ceramic tile is much more likely to crack or chip than epoxy flooring. A cracked, chipped ceramic floor with discolored grout lines is not an attractive site. Dirt, grease, and chemicals can accumulate in the grout lines causing problems. In addition, it takes time for professional installers to lay the tile and apply the grout.
For buildings with concrete floors, concrete sealers can be a viable option. Concrete sealers protect floors against wear and abrasion as well as guarding the floor against stains, discoloration, dirt, and oil. Concrete sealers come in a variety of finishes which allow a floor to look more appealing while lasting longer. In addition, concrete sealers protect concrete in freeze-thaw areas from damage.
But, concrete sealers do have disadvantages. They are relatively inexpensive but they have a shorter lifespan than some other options such as epoxy floors. Concrete sealers are a very thin layer and will wear off, requiring the floors to be recoated periodically. Epoxy floors are thicker and much longer-lasting.
For building owners who don’t want to invest in a permanent solution for their commercial floors, rollout mats are an option to protect high-traffic areas. Rollout mats have several advantages including durability and affordability. Because they are not permanent and are movable, building owners can customize their usage and move them around or replace individual ones as needed. Rollout mats will do a good job of protecting high-traffic areas from dirt, abrasions, stains, or spills.
But, rollout mats are not indestructible and can be damaged by hot tires, chemicals, and other materials. Epoxy floors are stronger.
Snap-together tiles are easy to install and come in a variety of strong materials. They are affordable which also makes them appealing to budget-conscious building owners. Depending on the material they are made of, they can be more chemical resistant than rollout mats or many other flooring materials. When it is time to get rid of snap-together tiles, they are easy to remove and haul away. This makes installing new flooring easier.
Snap-together tiles offer several benefits but they also have some drawbacks. Snap-together tiles can be vulnerable to abrasions and if oil gets spilled on them or they become wet, they can become slippery.
Epoxy floor coating is the most durable material on this list. Epoxy floor coatings are waterproof and can withstand a lot of abuse including heavy weights, high traffic, spills, abrasion, staining, and more. Since epoxy floor coatings have low porosity, they will be impervious to dust, debris, oil, and harsh chemicals. This thick plastic coating will improve the appearance of the floor with its glossy finish. It has an attractive look to impress both customers and staff.
Epoxy floor coatings come in a variety of colors and pattern choices that make it easy to match the building’s existing decor aesthetic and get an attractive look.
Epoxy floor coating is a seamless floor without grout lines or any other breaks to collect dirt and other contaminants. Epoxy floor coating is applied to the commercial floor as a liquid and it undergoes a chemical reaction between its two different components. This causes the epoxy coating to harden and to bond firmly with the concrete floor as a plastic-like substance of great strength.
This chemical reaction will happen within 24 hours of application forming your seamless, durable floor. The short timeline means less disruption of business, less down time for business activities.
Epoxy Floor coating is best installed by our professionals at Swift Epoxy Flooring who are trained to apply epoxy floor coatings properly for the best results. Our professionals can install epoxy floor coatings of many colors, patterns, and types.
It is a challenge to choose the best floor covering for a high-traffic commercial area that may be subjected to a lot of abuse, chemicals, heavy weights, and high traffic. Though all five flooring options listed have advantages that make them an appealing choice, epoxy floor coating has the other choices beat. Epoxy floor covering is more durable, lasts longer, has no seams to break down or collect dirt, and will not be vulnerable to abrasion or chemical spill damage. It is easy to clean and provides a safe surface for workers.
Please call Swift Epoxy Flooring to learn more about this high-quality, durable flooring choice. Epoxy floor coating is a good choice of flooring for high traffic areas and the whole building’s floors. Our experts can tell you all about the advantages of epoxy floor coatings along with the installation process and the many choices of colors and patterns available. Covering Greater Vancouver and Fraser Valley, we can also give you an individualized estimate and make arrangements to visit the site to assess the floor conditions and make accurate measurements.
Swift Epoxy Flooring experts can help you choose the correct epoxy floor coating product for your needs along with the color and pattern that will look best in your space. Then we can schedule the floor preparation and epoxy installation that works with your business hours and needs.