When most people enter a store, they are focused on one thing and one thing only—locating the perfect find. Rarely do they look down and take notice of the floor beneath their feet unless it has some glaringly apparent quality to it. However, while this may be true, there are many other driving factors that determine how consumers behave, and the look and feel of your commercial flooring can most certainly impact your business. As we mentioned before in a previous blog, the color and look of your commercial retail flooring can have a number of effects, not only on your customers but also on the business as a whole.
For over 25 years, All West Surface Prep, the Denver area’s leading commercial flooring contractors, has partnered with retail stores in Colorado to provide long-lasting, concrete flooring solutions. Because of this experience, we fully understand how to meet the strict criteria of retail spaces and how to customize each industrial and commercial flooring solution to match your exact brand and desired feel. Check out our project portfolio to get an idea of our capabilities, and read on to learn about some of the factors to consider when looking for what type of commercial flooring is right for your retail space.
When determining the right type of floor for you, it is important that you consider your climate. Similar to the exterior of your business, your commercial flooring is also subject to the weather. Changes in temperature and weather can affect floors. From an increase in moisture brought about by the rain to salt tracked in from a snowstorm, your floors can change. This can not only pose a potential liability, but it can also decrease the lifespan of your floors.
Durability, Duration & Cost
Ideally, your retail space is going to receive a lot of foot traffic. You will, therefore, want to choose a type of flooring that is made to withstand this type of punishment. And although it could probably go without saying, the cost of your commercial flooring will be a big determining factor as well. From our experience, concrete floors that are polished or coated with epoxy tend to best match these three characteristics and yield the best results for retail stores.
Polished Concrete and Epoxy Coatings
As we have mentioned before, polished concrete and epoxy both offer a number of great benefits and are perfect for commercial and retail spaces. Generally speaking, polished concrete is often a little cheaper than epoxy, requires less time to install, and is considered to have a longer life. Epoxy coatings, on the other hand, offer a similar degree of durability but are often considered more suitable for hazardous environments where safety is of the utmost importance.
When you choose to go with polished concrete and epoxy, you can expect to get:
Custom colors and designs
Slip and stain resistance
This is in no way a comprehensive list of things to consider. However, hopefully, it helps you in your decision-making process. If you have any questions regarding what floors to put in your retail space, contact All West Surface Prep! If you are in the Denver area and decide that you would like to add concrete floors to your space, we can help you out there, too. Our crew is trained, certified, and can perform a wide range of flooring services, like concrete leveling, grinding, surface prep, polishing, and more! And because we have our own equipment and crew, we can be on the job quicker than most. This is why we tell people: “if you want it done ASAP, call AWSP!”