Ground up design: choosing commercial flooring for the office

February, 2018

Choose the right commercial flooring and floor insulation, and you’ll anchor your design with comfort while creating the optimal office environment of peace and calm.


When it comes to office design, it’s important to get the fundamentals right, which is why you need to design literally from the ground up. Choose the right commercial flooring and floor insulation, and you’ll anchor your design with comfort while creating the optimal office environment of peace and calm.

Making flooring a valuable resource

Using the right commercial flooring for the premises not only creates a smart first impression for clients but provides an aesthetically pleasing environment for employees. When you’re thinking about the type of flooring to install, ask the following questions:

• What are the needs of the office? Focus on the work environment paying particular consideration to factors like practicality, maintenance and noise.

• What look are you trying to achieve? Consult employees about how they’d like the office to look, focusing on what they like and don’t like.

• Are there any corporate considerations? Policies on sustainability or commitments to certain environmental standards, this may have an impact on the kind of flooring you choose.

The impact of noise

Constant chatter, the ringing of phones and the clatter of keyboards can all disrupt concentration and impact on productivity. Chronic noise levels can even cause raised blood pressure and severe health problems, so minimising sound in the office is a smart ‘ground up’ step towards creating a safe and healthy working environment. Using floor insulation will help to deaden sound and heat transfer between floors leading to a more comfortable and productive office.

Create with confidence: carpet tiles

If noise is a problem, then carpet tiles are the savvy choice. Offering a huge amount of flexibility, carpet tiles come in a wide range of colours and styles allowing you to create a stylish and unique floor for your office, or to differentiate between different areas with ease. Carpet tiles have the additional advantage that worn or stained tiles can be replaced individually.

Choose carpet tiles that are hard wearing and easy to clean, with good dimensional stability in order to lie flat without buckling or doming which can ruin a clean installation.

Classic and cost-effective: performance vinyl

Though performance vinyls can’t match the sound absorption qualities of carpet, they satisfy a very modern aesthetic for stripped back design. Performance vinyl combines style with versatility to create modern, hard wearing floors.

Whatever your choice, ground up design is the smart way to choose commercial office flooring that’s bold, beautiful and creates a healthy and productive office environment.

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