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The Best Commercial Flooring Options

Updated on March 29, 2010

Selecting flooring can be an overwhelming decision due to the large amount of options available. Consider the needs of your project before you begin. Think about the function, size, shape, theme, mood, design and colors of the room to determine the best commercial flooring choice for the room. As some options are more expensive than others, establish a price point for your flooring expenses.

Stained Concrete

Stained concrete is increasing in popularity as a flooring option. The process involves the application of stain to new or existing concrete. Stained concrete floors can attain many of the same effects as traditional and commercial hardwood. Using stain, you can create a variety of textures and colors on concrete—even textures like leather and marble. Unlike dull, painted concrete, stained concrete does not flake or chip and it is durable and easy to maintain. If you need to change or repair the concrete floor, you will only need to deal with the stain—not replace the flooring itself. This can lead to saving money over a long period of time.

Depending on your skill level and the scope of the project, you may be able to stain the concrete yourself as well using hints and instructions from the manufacturer of the concrete stain you’ve selected.

You’ve likely seen or walked upon stained concrete before without realizing it. Stained concrete is one of the most diverse commercial flooring options and can even sustain a glossy coat with slate divisions, offering a sleek mock-marble tile look.

Commercial Hardwood

Commercial hardwood flooring can provide the look and feel of real hardwood floor with less expense and risk. These floors can hold up in a variety of environments (including kitchens and bathrooms) as they come in water-resistant and gouge-resistant varieties. Because this type of floor is manufactured, it is more customizable than its natural counterpart, allowing you to select a floor specific to your needs. Commercial hardwood is available in various stains and designs including parquet, plank and farmhouse varieties. These floors are now available in more contemporary designs as well, keeping the modern or urban environment in mind.

Additionally, commercial hardwood offers multiple installation methods—staple (like a carpet), glue and floating. Many commercial hardwood flooring manufacturers also strive to create and install flooring in an eco-friendly manner.

Commercial Epoxy Flooring

Concrete Stencils

You can add detailed, decorative elements to your commercial flooring. In some instances, stencils are detailed enough to serve as alternates for rugs; they can look so convincing that visitors may expect to step on a rug instead of a hard surface. You can utilize concrete stencils to display traditional embellishments, optical illusions or to direct a modern edge and pattern using a planned dichotomy of shades or colors. If you’re just looking for a basic pattern or design, you can complete the project yourself with little expense. Professional concrete and flooring companies can provide you with more intricate and decorative options.

Concrete Overlay

Concrete overlays rest on top of indoor or outdoor concrete. For increased durability, concrete overlays are made with polymer blends. Like stained concrete, these overlays, such as epoxy flooring and polyaspartics, can produce a variety of textural effects and finishes. Concrete overlays are custom designed and produced to match the size and space of your floor area. These are frequently used in warehouses, retail stores, showrooms, and other commercial flooring. The advantage to using a concrete overlay is the ability to customize it. The ingredients used to create concrete coatings vary depending upon the purpose. Elements such as sand can increase UV resistance outdoor durability.

Concrete Staining

Dyeing Concrete

It is also possible to dye concrete if you are hoping to add color. Dyeing the concrete allows for batik designs and gradual gradients—one color fading into another. Dyes are appropriate for more vibrant colors not achievable with stains. You can use a dye to customize a floor that has already been stained. Dyes can create batik designs and gradual coloration. Dyes can also help you achieve a faded or distressed look underneath a glossy finish and highlight existing color. Many floor specialists use dyes in conjunction with patina stains in particular, especially since it is comparatively quicker when it comes to drying. Adding concrete dyes will bring a sense of artistry and personalization to a floor, whether they provide touch-ups to the details or complete vibrant visual appeal.

Commercial flooring options are diverse. A professional flooring expert can help you determine how to best achieve the effect you are looking for. The floor helps set the mood and tone of the room—its color can even vary depending upon the lighting you select. If you’re looking to finish the floor in multiple rooms, a professional can discuss money-saving options with you as well as possibilities for varying the floor designs in different rooms.


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      Keara Littner 2 years ago

      It's kind of interesting to me that most of the commercial flooring options you've listed are concrete styles. Though, I suppose it makes sense, since it would be pretty easy to put in and maintain. What's the cost for the commercial hardwood compared to, say, concrete stencils?

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      Raisha 3 years ago

      Unhappy Sorry to hear that the flooring is cinpupg, Anytime the edges of hardwood flooring cup there is or was a presence of excessive moisture within the environment. Did the installer let the flooring acclimate? What did they use for a moisture retarder underlayment paper? What is the home's Relative humidity. If the inspection was done weeks or months after noticing the problem, the RL or excessive moisture could have dissipated. You might want to run an air conditioner or dehumidifier for several weeks which may pull out the remaining excess moisture out of the wood and the flooring may return to normal. Cupping is not covered in manufacturers warranties. Normal moisture content in Hardwood flooring should be between 6-12 % which equals 40-55% Relative humidity, if the relative humidity level in the home rises for an extended period of time the flooring absorbs this moisture and the edges of the flooring cup upward. The same thing can happen in reverse: if the wood dries out too much it will leave gaps between the floor boards.

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      Rangle 3 years ago

      You've imrsesped us all with that posting!

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      commercial flooring perth 4 years ago

      I'm searching the net with regards to commercial flooring options and I'm glad I found your very informative blog. Thanks for sharing!

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      yvonne 5 years ago

      Nicw to know my ideas.actually.exist. tnx