Choosing the right floor for your business is one of the most important decisions you can make. Nevertheless, you still want to keep the budget as low as possible. When it comes to choosing a new floor, most businesses go for basic (and often boring) commercial carpeting or traditional hardwood flooring. There is a better option, however: linoleum flooring. Here are some pros and cons for thinking about linoleum flooring in your next business flooring venture.
Pros: Linoleum Flooring Handles Moisture Better Than Anything Else
Moisture is the number one enemy of flooring, especially in a places like Nashville and the Greater Middle Tennessee area where there is an abundance of humidity and water in the air. These things can cause traditional hardwood flooring to buckle or warp, and cause residential and commercial carpeting to mold and lock in harmful toxins. None of these issues will present themselves with correctly installed linoleum flooring. The linoleum installation process creates an impenetrable seal against all moisture and water.
Pros: Linoleum Flooring is Environmentally Friendly
Considering the state of the environment, every little bit we can do to make things better for the world helps. Though it may come as a surprise, choosing to install linoleum flooring means choosing one of the most environmentally friendly flooring materials on the market. Linoleum is made with renewable resources (including linseed oil, cork dust, wood flour, resin, and more) and the flooring itself is biodegradable. Whether you want to get rid of the floor in a decade or in four decades, you’ll have the assurance of knowing that a linoleum floor won’t take up space in a landfill.
Cons: Linoleum Flooring Scratches Easily
A negative aspect of linoleum flooring is that it scratches quite easily, thus making it less than ideal for rooms with heavy foot traffic or constantly shifting furniture or equipment. Many of these scratches can be buffed out with a little wax and elbow grease, but linoleum flooring cannot be resurfaced in the same way traditional hardwood flooring can be stripped. More care is often required.
Pros: Linoleum Flooring is Cheaper than Most Other Flooring Options
One of the best things about linoleum flooring is its affordable price when compared to every other flooring material. Though there is a range of prices depending on quality, the average linoleum floor is going to run you about $3 per square foot, which is cheaper than the $5 it would cost for laminate plank flooring or the $8-$10 for hardwood flooring. And that’s just the cost for the materials. Since flooring should be properly installed to reap all of the benefits of the raw materials, it’s best to go with a professional installation.
If you are looking for a flooring material that won’t break the bank but will still look great in your business, you’d be hard pressed to find something better than linoleum.
If you are looking for a trustworthy business to help you pick out the right materials for your business flooring project and handle the flooring installation, contact the professionals at Ozburn-Hessey today.
Ozburn-Hessey is a full-service flooring and ceiling company offering a complete range of quality materials and professional installation. To schedule a free consultation and receive a free estimate, call us at (615) 254-1585.