Laminate flooring is a popular choice in homes, but it is also a great option for commercial businesses. Whether you have a bustling office or a busy store, a laminate floor is a sleek, low-maintenance, and cost-effective flooring option for your company.
What Is Laminate Flooring?
Laminate flooring can imitate a range of materials including ceramic tile, bamboo, wood, and stone, so you can choose the laminate flooring that will match the design aesthetic of your brand and commercial space.
There are four primary parts to every laminate floor. Each layer plays a significant role in the floor’s durability and appearance:
- Wear Layer: The top layer made out of aluminum oxide clear coat.
- Pattern Layer: This layer essentially provides a photograph of the desired wood that repeats through the different planks.
- Substrate Layer: This layer is made up of high-density fiberboard or medium-density fiberboard, both of which are comprised of wood fibers.
- Backing Layer: This is the balancing layer that resists moisture and stabilizes the entire floor.
All the layers of laminate flooring are put together using immense pressure and high levels of heat. This floor generally comes in one of four thicknesses, which can be six millimeters, eight millimeters, 10 millimeters or 12 millimeters.
If you are searching for a sustainable flooring choice, there are eco-friendly options for laminate floors. For instance, look for flooring that utilizes recycled materials.
Why Use Laminate Flooring Commercially?
The floor in your business needs to be able to withstand the wear and tear of daily life. That’s why commercial floors should be sturdier than flooring in residential settings. Laminate used for commercial flooring is optimized for the high foot traffic it will see and comes with a thick, high-quality laminate layer and offers many benefits:
- Little maintenance
- Installation directly over the previous floor
- Resistance to bacteria and mold
- Lower cost than other flooring types
- Withstands various levels of foot traffic
The flooring is one of the most visible aspects of any commercial building, so you want it to make a statement. Because people walk on it constantly, you need a material durable enough to withstand years of use with minimal upkeep.
When we assist customers with selecting the right materials for their projects, we often recommend laminate flooring. Why?
With Proper Care, Laminate Flooring Lasts for Decades
Many of the clients we help are associated with large-scale, frequently-trafficked buildings, including:
- Sports facilities
- Retail outlets
- Office spaces
If you’re a contractor or other decision maker associated with a substantial project, longevity is undoubtedly one of your primary concerns.
When you care for laminate flooring correctly with the recommended techniques, it can last up to 30 years. That means it’s a smart choice if customers or superiors demand long-lasting, visually appealing options.
Ideal for Heavily Trafficked Areas Where People Spend Hours on Their Feet
When employees spend all or most of their days standing, they quickly realize the type of flooring makes a difference in overall comfort.
While selecting flooring for an area that gets consistent foot traffic, there are several things you should consider, such as:
- Amount of traction provided
- Ability to mop up spills quickly
- Whether the floor has shock-absorption properties
- Soundproofing characteristics
One desirable factor of laminate flooring is it typically has an underlayment that gives the material a springy feel. As a result, people could become less fatigued while standing on and walking across the surface compared to other types of floors.
It’s also possible to put materials under the laminate that dampen sound. Taking that approach could be preferable if you’re involved in a project where people’s productivity could go down due to consistent exposure to loud footsteps.
A Sensible Alternative to Wood Floors
Many of our commercial clients prefer laminate flooring to wood floors for a couple of reasons.
First, there’s no need to wax laminate, which could help your customers save time and money associated with hiring cleaning services.
Second, whereas it could take weeks or longer to install hardwood, laminate can be put in place in a matter of days, depending on the size of the room.
Many of today’s installation options have pieces that fit together quickly, which could help you keep a project’s timeline on schedule.
What Is the Rating System for Laminate Flooring?
When choosing laminate flooring, note its AC rating. Ranging from AC 1, the least durable flooring, to AC 5, the most durable flooring, these ratings communicate a floor’s overall resistance to a number of factors such as scratches and stains. For commercial flooring, we recommend you aim for AC 4 or AC 5. Anything lower may have trouble withstanding the constant use your space experiences.
How Should You Care for Laminate Flooring?
Laminate flooring is easy to maintain. If people frequently track dirt into your business, cleaning the floor is as simple as a good sweep. If someone accidentally spills coffee, all you need to do is wipe it up and walk away. However, laminate floors cannot be refinished, so any major damage or wear might require replacing the damaged area.
To clean laminate flooring, you will need to invest in a laminate floor cleaner, water, a sponge mop, vacuum with brush attachment and dry mop. It is also possible to manufacture your own laminate cleaner by mixing equal parts water, rubbing alcohol and vinegar.
Laminate Cleaning “NO-NOs”
- Don’t use SOAP. Soap-based detergents make laminate flooring SLIPPERY & will DULL the film surface.
- Don’t use ABRASIVE cleaners. Cleaners like scouring powder or steel wool will SCRATCH your laminate flooring
- Don’t use WAX / POLISH. Like soap, these will dull the surface & make it too slippery
How to Clean Your Laminate Flooring
- DRY MOP the entire surface to clear away dust, hair, or debris
- VACUUM edges & crevices with a brush head
- Mix an equal amount of VINEGAR & WATER into a spray bottle as a cleaner (you could also add rubbing alcohol)
- Spray the cleaner onto a MICROFIBER MOP (avoid spraying the floor directly)
- Use the sprayed microfiber mop to clean the entire surface of laminate flooring
- Enjoy a GLOSSY looking laminate floor free of mold or deterioration
Tips to Keep Laminate Flooring Looking Its Best
- Lay FLOOR MATS on the outside of your entrance (or inside if you have a vestibule) to collect dirt and moisture
- Attach FELT PADS beneath furniture legs to prevent scratches to your laminate flooring
- Clean up any spills immediately to avoid MOISTURE from SOAKING into the floor’s foundation, which will lead to mold or deterioration
- If your laminate flooring is installed in a residential area, be sure to keep your PET’S NAILS trimmed to prevent scratches
How Is Laminate Flooring Installed?
Professionals can install the floor using either the glueless method of with glue. Glueless is simpler, but glue is preferred if the floor will go in an area of the building that is prone to spills. The previous flooring will need to be torn out, but the flooring can go directly over tile, vinyl and concrete.
If you want to have laminate flooring installed at your company, turn to the professionals at Greenfield Flooring. Our multi-step installation process ensures that you’ll receive the perfect flooring for your business.
We will meet with you to discuss the best type of flooring for your needs. Our team will carefully measure each room before installing a floor. Additionally, we will deliver floor samples directly to you, allowing you to see how they fit within your space. To find the perfect laminate flooring for your company, contact Greenfield Flooring today.
How Can I Purchase Laminate Flooring?
It is important for homeowners and business owners to take a look at the laminate floor planks they want before purchasing to know precisely what it will look like in the building. Prices can generally range between $1.00 to $11.00 per square foot. While it usually lasts longer than other materials, it needs to be installed correctly to work properly. That is why it is always a good idea to hire an expert to install it for you.
How to Decide if Laminate Flooring is Right For Your Facility: Pros and Cons
This list of pros and cons will help you decide if laminate flooring is a viable option for your facility.
Pro: Now, most laminates do a good job of replicating the look of wood floors (for about half the cost of a hardwood floor installation!). Unlike real wood, laminate blocks don’t have dents or imperfections, which contributes to a lot less wasted materials.
Con: In the past, laminate flooring could look fake or cheap, especially compared to hardwood flooring or other flooring options.
Pro: Laminate flooring lasts about 15-25 years, but can last as long as 30 years depending on the amount of traffic and the quality of the installation. Laminate flooring holds up well in well-trafficked areas, with no scuffing or scratch marks on the surface.
Con: Unfortunately, laminate floors don’t repair easily. When the flooring does become grooved and dented over time, imperfections can’t be sanded away. Even if only part of the floor gets damaged, you might have to get the whole thing replaced. Occasionally, individual boards can be taken out and replaced, but the new boards might not match the shade of the existing boards exactly. Some laminate flooring has UV protection to protect it from fading in sunlight, which comes in handy if you do ever need to replace individual boards.
Pro: Laminate flooring is easy to clean. The top veneer resists topical moisture, which can be easily mopped up. You won’t ever need to wax laminate flooring as you would hardwood floors.
Con: Water can sometimes seep in between the boards during cleaning, so you will have to use a special laminate floor cleaner.
Pro: Laminate flooring installation is fast, usually taking an average of 5 days for a 10×20 ft. room – a far cry from hardwood flooring, which can take up to 3 weeks before the entire job is completed. Some laminate designs need to be glued, but more recent designs snap together easily, like puzzle pieces.
Con: Although the installation procedure is pretty straight forward, the laminate blocks can get damaged during installation. If the pressboard separates from the veneer, moisture can creep in and rot the pressboard. But good installers will prevent this from happening.
Life with Laminate Flooring
Pro: Most laminate flooring has an underlayment, which gives the floor a softer, almost spongy feel. The underlayment makes standing on it for extended periods of time much easier, which is ideal for areas where a lot of standing is required.
Con: Unfortunately, laminate flooring will not increase the overall value of your facility if you’re interested in eventually selling.
Get in Touch With Us Today
The advantages you’ve just read make it clear why so many commercial property owners select laminate flooring for their office.
Whether you’ve settled on using it or are still unsure, we’re ready to provide advice and assistance, including handling installation needs.
Call us today at 585-444-0105 or fill out our contact form to get started.