When you are choosing carpet for your commercial property, you will want to keep a few factors in mind in order to make the right choice.
- Is the carpet durable, easy to clean and maintain?
- Does it look attractive?
- Does the cost of the carpet fit in with your budget?
Durability and Maintenance
Since a business will get much more foot traffic than a residence, you will need to make sure that the floor covering you are considering can withstand the heavier use it will get. Be sure to look at pile density for the product. A commercial carpet with a short, tight pile will be more durable than one that has uses the same amount of material but has a loose, fluffy appearance. Pile density for a commercial grade carpet is measured in ounces per cubic yard; look for numbers starting at about 4,000 (for moderate traffic) and up. The higher the pile density, the more durable the carpet will be.
The colour you choose also determines durability for your commercial carpet. Very light colours are not the best option, since they will show dirt and soil very quickly. Dark colours may be good at hiding soil, but may show lint. The best choice for most commercial applications is to choose a medium to dark-medium colour in either a tan, brown, rust or green tone. These shades tend to be the most practical for businesses, since they will still look good even if they are somewhat soiled.
Commercial carpets are available in numerous colours and patterns. In fact, choosing a carpet that has a pattern and/or weathering is a good idea. Not only will it make your floor covering more attractive, but this option will also give you the advantage of being able to hide dirt much more effectively than a plain carpet.
Commercial carpet is not meant to be a thick plush floor covering that you would use in your home. It needs to be highly durable and easy to maintain. Short fibres are one way that the costs of this type of product stay down.
You can also save money by considering a solid coloured floor covering over a pattern, since it can cost more. Comparing different options is your best bet to find the right carpet for a commercial application.
RK Professional Flooring based in Dublin has a selection of commercial-grade carpet to fit any budget. Contact us today to discuss your project.