Most of the business man is trying to right flooring, for example, luxurious carpet or classic hardwood floors for executive prestige, industrial rubber and concrete for high-tech edginess and funky vinyl or laminate for a relaxed, contemporary feel. Furthermore, flooring can be one way of expressing your company's environmental stance by choosing Eco-friendly materials.
For quiet, comfort and executive luxury, it is hard to beat carpet. Of course, to achieve the right look, it must be good quality, high grade carpet made of the best fibres. To help increase durability, particularly in high traffic areas, choose a carpet which has short, tight piles and level loops.
A good alternative to broadloom carpet which is more affordable and possibly practical is carpet tiles. These give you the look and feel of carpet; luxury without the expense and you can even get very creative by intermixing tiles of different colours and textures to create unique patterns. Most of all, carpet tiles are incredibly easy to install and repair, requiring only the replacement of the few tiles that have been worn, stained or damaged, with minimal disruption to other parts of the office and to staff.
If you're choosing carpet for your office space and you want to maintain your 'green' stance, then think about sustainability, for example, whether the raw materials are artificial, recycled or natural and whether the carpet can be disposed of safely and easily with minimal toxic emissions.
Again, hardwood is a type of flooring that's hard to beat for timeless beauty and the impression of top quality and class. However, from a business point of view, they are probably one of the worst choices with high initial cost for materials and installation and then high on-going cost in terms of maintenance in order for these floors to look their best over a long period. Strategic placement of rugs can enhance the look of hardwood floors, provide some softness and comfort for feet and also introduce some warmth and texture into the room. They can also protect the flooring from heavy traffic.
A good alternative to hardwood, if you like that kind of look but can't afford the price or want better value for money, is laminate flooring. These floors are designed to cope with continual traffic and heavy wear and tear so are ideal for many commercial premises. Another durable flooring option is vinyl and these can come in a variety of colours and designs that can lend great impact to your office. Naturally, vinyl does not convey the same 'expensive' look, but this image may not always be necessary for every business. Certainly vinyl is one of the most economical flooring options.
A popular choice with many interior designers to achieve that edgy, industrial look desired by some businesses, concrete flooring offers an empty palette to the creative, allowing them to stain and etch it to create very attractive designs. Note, however, that it is very hard underfoot and may not be the best choice if many workers in the office will be on their feet for long periods. Again, like hardwood floors, the addition of soft rugs and mats can help, both increasing comfort and injecting some warmth and texture into an otherwise harsh design scheme.
These include bamboo and cork which both come from highly renewable resources and are attractive with many advantageous natural attributes. Cork, for example, is naturally microbial as well as cushioning and insulating to both heat and sound. Bamboo, meanwhile, is stain resistant and actually harder than many of the hardwoods used in traditional timber flooring.
Quick and easy access to the ever increasing volume of power, data and telecom services found within a modern building.
The underfloor void or cavity depth is often used as a large duct for HVAC systems.
Accessibility is a major consideration. People want easy access to the services for maintenance, rerouting or upgrading with as little disruption as possible to the work process.