Questions to Consider When Choosing Flooring

vinyl, floorcovering, linoleum, carpet, rubber, cork, laminate   March 25, 2010

There’s a number of important questions that facility executives should ask themselves when deciding on what type of flooring to install in a facility. Four of the most important are:

How will the space be used? The needs of the occupants will dictate what the flooring needs to deliver. Are there special circumstances like hygiene or static considerations?

Is sustainability important? Besides recycled content of a flooring, look at a flooring’s rated service life and longevity. The less you need to replace a floor, the less waste goes to landfills.

How much maintenance should we expect to perform? Some floors require more maintenance than others to keep up a high aesthetic standard. Determine if your facilities team can perform the required maintenance realistically.

What can we afford? Be sure you examine the life-cycle cost of the flooring, not just the first costs, or you may be in for a nasty surprise down the road.


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