When opening a new business premises, most people are on a tight budget, and one area that often gets neglected is the flooring. Business owners will often simply stick with the existing flooring, or put down some standard laminate that’s designed for a home environment. However, investing in proper commercial flooring is important when you start a business, not only for aesthetic reasons, but also practical ones. If you are starting a business in Kent or London, here’s why you need specialist commercial flooring.
High traffic areas
If you have a business premises in London, or a busy town in Kent such as Dartford, then you’ll hopefully get a lot of foot traffic. If you use non-commercial flooring, then high-traffic areas will quickly get worn, meaning they need to be replaced quickly. Make sure you use wooden floors or other carpet made especially for commercial use, as it’ll be designed to take the extra strain.
Flooring can make a big difference to the look of your business premises. Commercial flooring is essential because:
· It won’t wear as quickly
· It’s designed for a professional finish
· It can stand up better to impact and stress
· It can be sound insulated for noisy environments
When you invest in commercial flooring, you can be sure it’s fit for purpose, and will stand up to even the busiest London restaurant, shop, or office environment, whether you choose vinyl or classic wooden flooring.
It’s important for companies to keep employees and visitors safe, avoiding injuries on their premises which can be costly for businesses. If there’s a risk of slips or falls, then adding safety flooring is essential to prevent accidents. Flooring that’s not made for commercial environments can also become dangerous over time, as it can wear out and become a tripping hazard. It’s important to speak to experts such as Ajax Flooring who can advise on the safest flooring options for your business.
Every business premises is different, and therefore your flooring needs will vary. For example, if you need flooring for an office, you’ll have to consider which areas will have high traffic, and you’ll need flooring that can stand up to people rolling their office chairs and moving around. If it’s a restaurant, then there’s always the risk of dropped plates and cups, and your flooring will need to stand up to impacts, as well as being easy to clean.
Some premises will need more than one kind of flooring. For example, in a larger retail store you might need non-slip flooring at the entrance for rainy days, but might want stylish parquet flooring for the rest of the store, plus something hard-wearing for the areas at the back of the store, where you’ll often have people moving boxes and rails around.
To find out more about Ajax Flooring’s range of floors for commercial use, simply call 020 8692 9813 or send us an email to find out more.
Slips and trips are one of the biggest causes of non-fatal accidents at work in the UK. In 2016, they accounted for 29% of accidents in the workplace, and contributed to thousands of staff absences. The worst part is, many slips, trips, and falls at work are completely avoidable, and many of these accidents could have been prevented with a few simple measures. If you run a business in London or Kent, then here are some tips to help avoid costly accidents.
1. Clean up spills quickly
One of the major causes of slips and trips is spills. Common in industrial and food service environments, it’s important that you have commercial flooring which can be easily cleaned when a spill occurs. If an employee notices a spill, they should stop what they’re doing to clean it up, and put up a wet floor sign until the floor is completely dry so that customers know to be careful.
2. Get the right flooring
It’s important to choose flooring that’s suitable for a commercial environment, and is fit for purpose. You may need to install safety flooring in areas where trips are more likely, for example, if you run a busy shop in London, then rubber mats should be placed at the entrance on rainy or icy days. Some other things to consider when choosing flooring include:
· How the floors will be used – the amount of traffic can dictate what kind of flooring you choose
· Cleaning – how easy will it be to clean up spills and dirt?
· Impact – will your floors need to be safe from impact damage? Holes in your flooring can cause trips
· Quality – high quality commercial flooring will be hard-wearing and help prevent falls
Many falls are caused by clutter, whether it’s boxes left on the shop floor, or debris and rubbish left in the back areas. It’s important that all aisles are clear, and that any rubbish on the floor is picked up and disposed of before it causes a trip. Trailing cables can also cause injuries. Make sure they are tucked away and secured.
4. Ensure flooring is even
Another major cause of trips and falls is having flooring that’s uneven. If you are having flooring such as quickstep laminate installed, it’s important that the job is carried out by professionals, using suitable materials for a commercial environment. This will ensure there are no edges sticking up, and that the finish is smooth. Using unsuitable flooring, such as domestic flooring in a commercial environment, can also cause problems. This kind of flooring can wear unevenly, which leads to dangerous surfaces that can be a tripping hazard.
5. Light the way
Finally, it’s important to ensure that your premises are well-lit. If your business is in an area of Kent with historic buildings, such as Faversham, then you might not have a lot of natural light compared to modern shops and offices. Make sure you have plenty of lighting to avoid trips and other accidents.
To find out more about commercial flooring to keep staff and visitors safe, get in touch with Ajax Flooring on 020 8692 9813. Covering London and Kent, you can also e-mail Ajax Flooring for a quick response.
Whether you are refurbishing a retail outlet in Dartford, building a new gymnasium in Crayford or renovating a manufacturing facility in central London, there are certain factors you will need to consider when choosing the type of flooring to install in your property. In this article, we are going to take a look at the most important of these and discuss how they may affect your decision. If you would like to discuss your commercial flooring needs with an experienced professional, please do not hesitate to call and speak to us during business hours. In the meantime, we sincerely hope that the information in the section below will prove to be useful to you.
How to Choose the Perfect Commercial Flooring for Your Premises
When you are specifying new flooring to be used in a new build or refurbishment project, consider the following factors carefully.
- Foot Traffic – The amount of foot traffic that is likely to pass over your flooring over the coming years is something that will play a major part in determining which materials are practical and which are not when looking at the different types of flooring available in London and Kent. Durable vinyl , quickstep laminate and wooden floors are all good choices for high traffic areas as long as you stick to quality brands and installation firms.
- Desired Ambience – If you are refurbishing a luxury retail outlet, you will be aiming for a completely different ambience than someone renovating a warehouse canteen and this is something you need to bear in mind when choosing flooring for your premises. Marmoleum linoleum flooring is a great option for commercial workspaces and is available in a wide range of finishes and colours. For a luxury retain outlet, Haru European oak engineered floorboards could be an excellent choice. Whether you are near to our Crayford headquarters or on the other side of London, we will be more than happy to show you our selection of quality flooring and help you to choose the perfect product for your property.
- Safety – Safety should always be at or near the top of your list of factors to consider when choosing new flooring. If, for example, you are building a new gym for schoolchildren, a non-slip rubber floor with excellent shock absorbent properties is almost certainly going to be your best choice. If, on the other hand, you are renovating a manufacturing facility, you will probably want to install some kind of industrial safety flooring that complies with the latest HSE regulations.
- Cost – How much you are prepared to pay for your new flooring is something you should decide before you approach any suppliers as your budget may dictate which types of flooring you should be considering. If, for example, you wish to keep your costs to a minimum, engineered boards may be a better choice than wooden parquet flooring .
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