Commercial flooring and residential flooring might seem like the same things. The truth is that there is quite a bit of difference between the two. Too much traffic and abuse will wear both of them down. Here is a look at what sets them apart.
It Must be Stronger
For one thing, commercial wood flooring needs to be stronger than its counterpart. That’s because, in a business setting, you can expect far more foot traffic than in a residential one. The amount of pressure and weight from hundreds of people walking through a store or office space can cause the wooden floorboards to break down faster than it otherwise would. Business owners typically have a choice between solid hardwood floors or engineered ones; we recommend that you select the engineered ones.
Dealing with Moisture Problems
Water is wood’s mortal enemy. Even though everything needs water, you don’t want water infiltrating the pores of your hardwood floors. That’s one of the reasons why spills and humidity damage need to be addressed as quickly as possible. If a hardwood floor becomes water damaged, it might not be able to be fixed or salvaged. Engineered hardwood floors do a better job of resisting the effects of moisture damage.
You also need to keep your hardwood floors clean. It doesn’t matter what setting they are supposed to be in; you can either have employees sweep and mop or have a robotic cleaner do the same. In fact, robot workers can be programmed to scan inventory items to see what is low and detect any stains or signs of damage to the hardwood floors inside your building.
As with the HVAC system, your commercial-grade hardwood floors call for regular maintenance. This attention is meant to prevent future problems by catching issues before they bloom into major headaches and dealing with them so that they don’t get any worse than they already are. Installation works much the same way, but the process changes once the floors are down – any changes or upgrades will need to wait for the floor to finish settling down. Shifting and warping can slow this part of the process down.
Ready for a Beautiful Hardwood Floor? Trust John K Eareckson & Co.
When you work with John K Eareckson & Co., Flooring, we will ensure your hardwood floors undergo a stress-free acclimation process and that they sparkle for years to come; from a seamless and beautiful installation to years of maintenance, John K Eareckson & Co. Flooring has the expertise to care for your home’s hardwood floors. For a consultation and more information, visit us online or give us a call at 410-788-4200. You can also look for us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr.