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Contract flooring considerations for Liverpool-based businesses

Contract flooring can represent a substantial investment for a business or other organization, and the installation can cause disruption to the workplace. It’s therefore understandable that you may want to avoid replacing it every few years, so it’s important to get it right in the first place. Here are some factors to consider when looking for new contract flooring.

What’s the application?

Start by considering how much traffic the floor will be getting and what sort of traffic it will be. For example, a hallway or a communal office space will experience a lot more foot traffic than a one-person’s office, but maybe it’s not just foot traffic you need to worry about. If you run one of Liverpool’s many car dealerships, for example, the showroom floor will need to stand up to vehicle use. Likewise, in an industrial setting, you may need to worry about spills of oils and fluids causing a slipping hazard.

By correctly identifying everything you want from a floor, you can narrow down the choice of materials to ones that will meet your needs.

Installation costs

You will first need to pay the cost of the flooring material, plus the cost to have it professionally installed, but don’t look at this figure in isolation. The lowest quote doesn’t always work out the cheapest from a total-cost-of-ownership approach.

For example, how long can you reasonably expect a particular floor to last? How much maintenance will it require, and how much will this cost? Is it likely to also need occasional repair work? By considering all the angles, you may be able to save money in the end.

Maintenance costs

Every floor needs a certain amount of maintenance. A non-slip epoxy coating for a concrete floor should be easy to keep clean, however, even in an industrial workshop. Carpets will need routine vacuum cleaning, but it’s essential to also have them professionally cleaned, with busier spaces requiring more frequent cleaning.

Durability and ease of replacement

Even with suitable maintenance, some flooring materials will ultimately need replacing. Options like solid wood and granite can be expected to last the test of time, but they can also be more difficult to remove if you wish to replace them later. For example, if you own a trendy restaurant or bar in the centre of Liverpool, you may want to update occasionally to keep up with current fashions.

Carpet, in contrast, is very easy to replace, so it doesn’t need to be a major disruption when it needs replacing after a few years, which it likely will in a high-traffic environment.

Safety

The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 set safety requirements for workplace floors, and in general, floors need to be safe when used as intended. You will certainly want to make sure a floor has sufficient slip resistance for predictable contaminants. Furthermore, something like a polished marble floor can make a dramatic impression, but it may present a slipping hazard in a high-traffic space.

Once you establish your needs, a good contract flooring supplier will be able to guide you towards the most suitable flooring material.

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