Working in a small business, you probably don’t give your floors a whole lot of thought. As long as they’re clean, you’re happy. But every now and then, you’ll need to replace the flooring in your office or store. Where do you even begin? Here are a few things to keep in mind when selecting flooring for your small business:
- Durability is key. Even if you don’t have a storefront or other high-traffic area, you don’t want to have to replace worn out carpet in a few years. Choose something that’s going to be able to stand up to the pummel of feet, the constant rolling of desk chairs and the pressure from cubicle walls. In many cases, this means choosing a carpet. Patterned choices are often a popular choice for offices because they show fewer stains than solid-colored choices.
- …but not everywhere. Not all parts of your office are used equally. A quiet storeroom doesn’t need the same high-durability flooring as your busy showroom. A good commercial flooring company can help you identify areas where using durable flooring will save you money in the long-run, and where you can get away with something that doesn’t take such a beating.
- Don’t disrupt your business. Depending on the size of your space, it might take a few hours or a week or more to re-floor your space. During that time, it can be difficult or even impossible for your workers to continue. Ask your flooring company if they work at night or on the weekends to minimize disruption to your staff. Some companies, including us, will offer that option. As a small business ourselves, we know how important every moment of working time can be.
- Protect your furniture. When it’s time to install your flooring, who’s in charge of moving your desks, computer cables and even cubicle walls? That can be a big task. Make sure the company you’re working with is familiar with coordinating commercial flooring projects, which differs substantially from residential – especially in heavily traveled, fully furnished spaces.
You need a project manager, not a salesperson. A salesperson can help you choose the right flooring. A project manager can help you choose the right flooring for the right space, plus keep the project on time, minimally disruptive and on budget.
For more information about working with a commercial flooring company that understands your needs, contact Tish Flooring. We work with businesses through Indianapolis and Carmel to select and install the best flooring to meet your work space.