What’s under your feet at the moment? If you just answered ‘the kids’ I’m afraid there’s not much we can do about that, but chances are if you’re reading this in the office it’s a carpet. Commercial carpets are something that it’s easy to take for granted but if you’re refurbishing your existing space or moving to a new office then you need to spend a bit of time thinking about what’s going to cover your floor.
Old carpets can harbour all sorts of bugs and bacteria so if you’re thinking of reusing the existing floor covering it’s worth having it thoroughly cleaned. But by the time you’ve factored in the cost and inconvenience of doing this you may be better off biting the bullet and getting a new carpet anyway. It may well prove to be the more cost effective option in the long run.
Most commercial office space uses carpet tiles because they’re easy to fit, easy to clean, durable and come in a wide choice of patterns and colours. They’re also convenient when it comes to making changes because they can be lifted and re-laid in a new configuration. Because carpet tiles have their own backing you don’t need to worry about underlay.
Tiles that have been damaged, whether from spillage or indents from heavy furniture, can be lifted out and replaced quite easily. When specifying a new carpet it’s always worth ordering a few more tiles than you need so that you have spares available should you need them. It’s important to take account of the amount of traffic that the carpet is likely to carry. Corridors and walkways will suffer more wear than general office space. You can save money by specifying a different grade of tile for those areas that are subject to less wear. In public and busy areas though you will need to specify heavy duty tiles.
If you need to carpet stairs then you need to budget not just for the carpet itself but also for safety edges – sometimes referred to as ‘nosings’. These protect the tiles at the end of each step so that there’s no trip hazard, they also help with durability.
In some areas like kitchens and laboratories you may want a more durable floor covering. Vinyl is the obvious choice but in high traffic areas you might want to opt for a non-slip safety coverings. In certain circumstances these will be required by health and safety legislation.
The moral of all this is not to take your floor coverings for granted. Make sure you properly assess your needs in terms of traffic and décor, you can then make sure that you get the right product to do the job which should prove a sound long term investment.
Consulting a specialist supplier like Carpets 2 Floors will help you ensure you get the best floor covering to meet your needs.