We know flooring industry is prospering, with new advancements, new spins on tried and tested floors, and more people leaning towards the practical aspect of flooring instead of the aesthetic one. We also know that commercial and residential flooring requirements are usually not quite the same as each other. Then there is also the matter of industrial grade flooring that should be able to withstand high loads and near constant traffic. So what it is exactly that differentiates commercial and residential flooring? Let’s find out.
Residential flooring is more often than not, almost always, more personal and that reflects in how it looks. People take great care of it for it as a part of the “home” where they live, and so flooring often isn’t just reduced to its practical function. It also looks great. So that is the first difference, residential flooring has to be beautiful and complimenting the internal décor of a residence, much more so than a commercial one where the focus on this specific aspect of flooring may not be as strong.
Commercial flooring is part of offices, shops, and other high traffic areas where people are always coming and going. Compared to most commercial properties, the traffic on a residential flooring is almost non-existent. This means more weight on the floor in a commercial setting, which translated into the need for having a much stronger floor. If there are cracks and signs of deterioration on a floor just because of traffic, it is not suitable for commercial areas and most residential floors would come under this category.
More traffic means more dirt, more frequent cleanings and ultimately, more moisture for the floor to endure. There is another difference between a residential and commercial floor. The latter are able to handle high amounts of humidity, moisture and even direct contact with water. The durability of such magnitude also calls for higher prices which leads to our final point.
Commercial floors are expensive like most things commercial. It is expensive to make sure a floor can resist heavy objects and continuous foot traffic, therefore, residential floors are almost always cheaper even though most of them look much better.
Although in the recent times, the lines have been blurring between the quality and price of commercial and residential flooring, there still remain a few things that differentiate the two.