Offices and commercial spaces often have heavy foot traffic, which is why these businesses should be on the lookout for cost-effective, durable flooring that can withstand anything. There are a number of options available when it comes to flooring that can handle the busy conditions of an office, but price is always a factor, especially when you have to consider the future cost of replacing broken ceramic tiles, or maintaining laminate wood flooring over time. Vinyl tiles are a sensible option for an office or commercial space given these factors. Here is a breakdown of the pros and cons of vinyl to help you make an informed decision for your business.
Pros of Vinyl Flooring
The main draw of vinyl flooring is its affordability, and many businesses are looking to reduce their overhead any way they can; however, they also want flooring that will last. Vinyl flooring offers both of these factors. This type of flooring can sustain hard wear and has come a long way since the original thin sheet vinyl that we all know from back in the day. These days luxury vinyl is available, which offers the consumer just about any custom made design they ask for.
Vinyl Composite Tile, or VCT, is long-lasting and tough enough to handle warehouses and factories with above average foot traffic. VCT comes in many colors and designs and can even be made to appear like laminate wood floor to give your commercial space that a textured, more dynamic feel.
When installed correctly VCT flooring can be exceptionally water resistant. A professional installer will be able to fuse the seams between sheets or tiles to create a seamless finished floor. It is extremely easy to clean and can withstand just about any commercial cleaning solution, and even extreme weight without cracking, breaking, wearing out, or tearing, making vinyl floors one of the most durable options available.
An added bonus is that replacing sections of the floor is easy, if part of the floor does get damaged a qualified professional can cut out that section and install a new piece of vinyl without difficulty.
Cons of Vinyl Flooring
Vinyl sheeting has the downside of being tricky to store, this type of flooring needs to be kept securely rolled up, and folding should be avoided at all costs. The size of the sheet can be a problem in smaller spaces and most companies notice unsightly bubbling in large vinyl sheets that have been stored improperly.In light of this vinyl tiles are almost always recommended instead.
Vinyl floors needs to be kept out of direct sunlight as much as possible. UV exposure tends to fade the color and diminishes the quality of the floors. Installation of vinyl flooring is not recommended in rooms with high sun exposure.
Vinyl Floor Maintenance
These floors are noticeably resilient and don’t need much in the way of maintenance. Most manufacturers recommend keeping the floor clear of dirt and dust as the tiny particles can cause unsightly scratches on the surface of the floor. When mopping the floor make use of manufacturer or installer recommended products, although just about any commercial floor cleaner works well on this type of floor. Make sure that your mop is not too wet as you do not want moisture getting into any open seam or tiny scratch in the surface.
If you spill something on the floor, clean it up immediately and do not give the liquid a chance to seep into the title seams. Make use of soft mops and brooms and avoid scouring or scrubbing the floor at all cost.
Vinyl Floor Refinishing
After a long period of time vinyl floors will lose their aesthetic advantage, usually due to their use in high traffic areas, and may need to some extra care and attention to bring them back up to standard. Refinishing is the answer. There is no special equipment needed to refinish a vinyl floor. Traditionally, any business with dedicated cleaning staff or a professional janitorial service should have what is needed: a wet vacuum and a buffer machine. Make use of manufacturer approved floor stripper to get rid of dirt and old polish on the surface in conjunction with the stripper pad on the buffer machine. Once that is done, and the floor is dry, rinse the floor thoroughly and then refinish the vinyl surface with your floor sealer and floor finish of choice to accomplish that “new floor” look.
Cost of the Types of Vinyl Flooring
Compared to other types of floors, vinyl flooring is extremely cost effective. It is long lasting, even when not maintained on a regular basis. The only things that can truly damage vinyl flooring are sharp objects. Vinyl tiles are cheaper to install than the vinyl sheets, but luxury vinyl and vinyl composite tiles which give the best vinyl floor finishes are the most expensive in the vinyl range.
Advanced, Eco-Friendly Vinyl Floor Refinishing
At Green Shield Floors, we use commercial quality floor sealers for vinyl flooring such as our eco-friendly UV Coat System for vinyl floors, see gallery. For a free estimate on vinyl flooring refinishing please call us 1-800-380-6747.