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Businesses want to be conscious about the materials they’re using to design their space. For example, companies need to consider the impact on the environment and the floor’s life cycle costs when choosing flooring. This is especially true for most Fortune 500 companies that have sustainability mandates driving product choices. For instance, the cheapest product to install may not be the most cost-effective in the long run when maintenance costs are considered.
To help businesses choose the right sustainable flooring for them, we’ve put together a list of November’s sustainable commercial flooring trends and our top picks.
1. Vinyl Flooring
Vinyl flooring has long been praised for its affordability and simplicity; it has also gained a reputation for being a greener flooring choice with the proper manufacturer. Unfortunately, when customers choose flooring products, they often fail to see beyond the product’s life in their space. Some vinyl products are now created to be completely recyclable, giving the products a second life beyond their use in your commercial environment.
Top Product Pick: Mipolam Symbioz by Gerflor
Gerflor is one of many flooring companies leading the way to a greener future. Their products are all created with sustainability in mind. For example, Mipolam Symbioz is one of their homogeneous vinyl products not only offering cleaner air quality in your space but also a sleek design. Mipolam is most commonly used in operating rooms due to its antimicrobial properties. It may have a funny name, but those familiar with this product know how effective it can be in creating a safe medical environment.
2. Ceramic Tile
Ceramic tile is made of clay and stone, two natural materials which make it an obvious sustainable choice. Tile can be made to look like anything from hardwood to an eye-catching colorful pattern, proving it a versatile option. One of the best parts about tile is its durability; it can withstand heavy foot traffic for years to come, saving you money long-term. Its simple and affordable maintenance is yet another pro. Need help deciding how to use tile in your commercial space? For some ideas, read our blog, The Versatility of Tile: How to Use Tile in Your Next Commercial Flooring Project.
Top Product Pick: IMPRESA by American Olean
If your first thought of tile is dingy and cold, then think again. IMPRESA by American Olean reimagines the tile you think you know and presents a warmer yet modern design fit for your commercial bathroom, office kitchen, and everything in between.
3. Linoleum Flooring
Made of wood flour, resins, pigments, and sustainable linseed oil, linoleum flooring is an affordable and environmentally friendly alternative. If you’re using quality linoleum, like the products we carry at Commercial Flooring and Interior Concepts, this type of flooring is durable and stylish. However, while cheaper linoleum sheets are suitable for a quick pop of color, they are more prone to wear and tear. So, make sure you are purchasing from a reliable source. One of the only cons when it comes to all linoleum flooring is its highly flammable nature, so you’ll need to consider the environment of your commercial space as well.
Top Product Pick: LinoFloor xf²™ by Tarkett
The real draw of this product is its ability to combine simplistic ingenuity with cutting-edge design. LinoFloor xf²™ by Tarkett was created to provide sustainable and easy-maintenance solutions without compromising on aesthetics. A true pioneer in sustainable flooring, this product is perfect for nearly any commercial space.
There you have it, a list of October’s sustainable commercial flooring trends and hopefully some ideas for your next project. However, if none of these options seem like a fit for you, our Commercial Flooring and Interior Concepts team can help. We can work with you from concept to completion to find the perfect sustainable solution to fit your commercial space. So contact us today to get started!