The Best Industrial and Commercial Flooring Options for High-Traffic Areas

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Best Industrial and Commercial Flooring Options for High-Traffic Areas

To meet the demands placed on it daily, high traffic flooring in both commercial and industrial settings needs to be durable. It must be able to withstand constant foot and machine traffic with minimal wear and tear.

Here are some great flooring options for both commercial and industrial settings.

1)     Epoxy Floor Coating

Epoxy coating offers a strong and dependable surface for commercial and industrial flooring. Typically, epoxy coatings are applied to concrete floors to create a smooth finish that can last several years while withstanding heavy loads and high traffic.

Epoxy floors are non-porous, which makes them a popular choice, since dirt, mold, and other foreign invaders cannot penetrate the surface. They are also smooth but not slippery, adding to their appeal in industrial and commercial settings.

While concrete is the most widely used substrate for epoxy floor coatings, other substrates, including VCT, hardwood, and tiles may also be coated.

For more information on this type of flooring, check out "The Science Behind Epoxy Floor Coatings.”

2)     Hardwood Flooring

Despite their relatively high purchase price and installation cost, hardwood flooring is one of the best options for high traffic areas. Besides being inherently strong, wood flooring can be regularly walked upon without causing too much fatigue. This is attributed to the hardwood’s expansion and contraction – totally healthy in a natural product like wood flooring.

In its natural state, hardwoods are perfect for museums, restaurants, hospitals, and other areas that log hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Although hardwood flooring is prone to scratching and denting, some woods are harder than others, making them more resistant to damage.

An addition to varying hardness, technological advancements have made these durable floors even more robust. For example, an epoxy floor coating, after thorough prepping, can be applied to a wood surface.

3)     Tile Flooring

Tiles are such a versatile type of flooring. They are available in endless designs – there are even tiles that look like hardwood floors. Tile maintenance is simple, and if one tile happens to crack, it can easily be replaced.

Classed by their hardness, the Porcelain Enamel Institute uses a 1-5 rating scale with 5 being the hardest and most durable. Going with a tile that is rated either a 4 or 5 on the PEI chart is best if you plan on using it in a high-traffic commercial or industrial setting.

The only negatives about going with tile are that it can be rather pricey, and if you plan on installing yourself, it’s somewhat of a tedious task.

However, if you do opt for tiles, you will get flooring that is beautiful, resilient, and long-lasting.

4)     Vinyl Flooring

Not only is vinyl flooring less expensive than hardwood flooring or tile flooring, but installation is a relatively simple and straightforward process. Vinyl floors are available in a variety of colors and textures and can be made to look like wood, stone, or tile.

Since vinyl is both water resistant and easy to maintain, it is a popular choice for commercial and industrial settings. It is also fairly strong.

As with all things, you get what you pay for. Due to wear and tear, printed vinyl tiles can become noticeably damaged if the transparent coating becomes compromised. However, solid vinyl and vinyl composite are homogenous throughout the entire plank, so you don't need to worry about them becoming faded through wear.

5)     Polished Concrete Floors

You may think of a cracked sidewalk or oil-stained garage when you think of concrete floors, but oh no! Several concrete floor finishing options are available to make your concrete floors quite aesthetically pleasing.

Concrete flooring is a no-brainer for commercial and industrial settings. They are exceptionally tough and resilient and able to withstand pressure from heavy equipment including forklifts, trucks, and cars. Damaging a concrete floor is pretty difficult to do.

Maintenance of polished concrete flooring is simple. Unlike regular concrete floors, the polished sort doesn’t need to be waxed or sealed. Simply dust mop on a daily basis and wet mop frequently using a neutral-pH floor cleaner. Polished concrete floor finishes are charming with their marble-like gloss. Stains, dyes, and textures can also be added to enhance the surface's look.

Check out some of Lakeside’s polished concrete floor projects.

We know that durable flooring is paramount for any high-traffic commercial or industrial environment. Here at Lakeside, we are committed to providing the Midwest with an exceptional experience at an affordable price.

For more information about our flooring services, call us today or fill out our form to request your free estimate.

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