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The 5 Most Durable Commercial Flooring Options for High Traffic Areas

  • August 11, 2016

If your business has high-traffic areas or regularly deals with heavy-weight equipment, such as machinery or cars, your commercial flooring is a major concern. Having a durable surface that can handle this type of abuse is essential. Here are five of the most durable flooring solutions available to commercial clients. 

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1. Hard tile ceramic flooring.

When it comes to tile flooring, ceramic is one of the hardest and most durable materials you can choose. This material is also stain resistant and easy to clean, making it the perfect choice for a commercial building with high traffic. Properly installed tile can last for many years, even with significant use. In addition, ceramic tile is also affordable, allowing you to install it without going over budget. Furthermore, ceramic tile flooring is available in a variety of styles and colors, so owners of commercial buildings are able to choose a design that meets their needs.

Although ceramic tile flooring offers many benefits for commercial clients, it does come with some drawbacks. For example, even though this type of tile is known for its durability, it may still become damaged over time. Specifically, when compared to epoxy flooring, ceramic tile is much more likely to crack, leaving the floor vulnerable to damage and visually unappealing.

2. Concrete sealers.

If you have a concrete floor or garage to protect, concrete sealers are a viable commercial flooring option. Not only will concrete sealant protect your floors against wear and abrasion, but it will also guard the floor against stains, discoloration, oil and dirt. A variety of finishes are available, thus allowing you to enhance the appeal of your floor while simultaneously lengthening its lifespan. Additionally, if your flooring is located in an area that is prone to freezing in the colder months of the year, applying a concrete sealant will reduce the risk of damage during freeze and thaw cycles.

Concrete sealers are not without disadvantages as a commercial flooring choice. Although they are tougher than floor paint and are relatively inexpensive, they won't last as long as some of the other options available. Furthermore, once the sealant has worn off, you will have to reapply it or take other steps to protect the integrity of the surface.

3. Rollout mats.

If you don't want to invest in a more permanent solution for your commercial floors, rollout mats are another option available to help you protect the surface. These mats offer several advantages over other commercial flooring options, including high durability and affordability. Because these mats are not permanent, you can customize your usage and remove them easily if they are no longer needed in the space. Whether you are hoping to protect the floor from abrasions, dirt, stains or spills, rollout mats will do the job well.

Rollout mats are relatively resilient and durable, but they are not indestructible. If your flooring regularly comes into contact with chemicals or hot tires, these mats may not be the best choice, as they can become damaged in extremely harsh environments.

4. Snap-together tiles.

Snap together tiles are easy to install and can be made from a variety of different materials to suit your needs. In addition, these tiles are affordable, making them an excellent choice for virtually any budget. In many cases, they are also more resistant to chemicals than many of the other options available, including rollout mats. Finally, if you ever decide to get rid of your snap-together tiles, they can be removed and/or replaced with very little effort.

Although snap-together tiles offer several notable benefits, they are not a perfect solution. These tiles are vulnerable to abrasions, and they may also become slippery when wet or covered with oil.

5. Epoxy floor coating.

Of all of the choices on this list, epoxy floor coating is the most durable. These coatings are waterproof and capable of withstanding significant amounts of abuse, including heavy weights, high traffic, abrasion, spills, stains and more. Epoxy coatings have low porosity, which means that they can effectively protect your floor from dust, debris, oil and harsh chemicals. In addition, epoxy floor coatings also improve the appearance of the floor, providing it with a glossy finish that will impress your customers and your staff. A variety of different colors of epoxy coating are available, so it's easy to find an option that works well with your building's existing aesthetic.

When you apply an epoxy floor coating to your commercial floor, a chemical reaction occurs between two different components of the product. This causes the product to harden, protecting the floor with a thin plastic-like substance. In most cases, this reaction will occur within 24 hours of application, which means that you can apply a coating to your floor without significantly disrupting your business activities. To ensure that the coating is applied properly, it is best to allow a professional to handle this job.

Choosing the right flooring option can be difficult, especially when your floors are subjected to high traffic, heavy weights, harsh chemicals or other forms of abuse. While all of the options above offer various advantages that may make them an appealing choice, you cannot beat the durability of an epoxy floor coating. If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of an epoxy floor coating in your high traffic areas, or if you would like an individualized estimate, please contact Boston Garage today to speak with a knowledgeable sales representative.
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