Commercial tiling pros and cons

If you’re looking to install commercial tiling, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons before committing to an expensive decision that’s difficult to reverse.  After all, your floor is what your business stands on.

Here are the key questions to answer and the factors to consider. If you’d rather chat it through with an expert, just give us a call, we’re always happy to help.

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Are you on a tight budget?

Commercial tiling appears to be cost-effective and easily available so you may be tempted to consider this if you’re on a limited budget. Unfortunately what seems cheap to begin with can become expensive in the long run. Commercial tiles are not as hard-wearing, resistant to impact or easy to repair as more durable options.

Does it need to be hardwearing?

While commercial tiling can seem ideal for a range of commercial and residential buildings, it’s usually too fragile for most industrial, manufacturing or automotive environments. Resin is ideal flooring in these environments because of its high durability, while polished concrete is even more perfect because it’s tough, hardwearing and has excellent durability.

Does it need to be installed quickly?

If speed is an issue and you want to avoid costly downtime, especially important in commercial environments, you need to think again before choosing polished concrete or commercial tiling. As well as being labour intensive, both are time-consuming and expensive to install. Where speed is of the essence, you can’t beat resin. It can be installed, levelled and rapidly cured overnight. Something we’ve done countless times, as our case studies show.

What decorative effect & finish do you need?

When it comes to flooring, you’re spoilt for choice with an enormous range of design options. Commercial tiling comes in a wide range of designs and colours, with options for glazed, unglazed, matt or gloss finishes. Resin is equally colourful and decorative, with options to build your brand colours and graphic elements into the design, along with adding marble and quartz aggregates. Anti-slip finishes give resin the edge over commercial tiles. Polished concrete, with its minimalist elegant look, is a statement in and of itself. Concrete can be deeply polished, dyed and stencilled. Or the aggregate left exposed for an industrial look.

Does it need to be hygienic?

The grout between commercial tiles makes them harder to keep clean, which can spoil the appearance of your flooring and lead to the build-up of microorganisms. This makes commercial tiling a bad choice for kitchens, hotels, restaurants and other businesses, such as pharmaceuticals, where high hygiene standards are vital. In any environment where hygiene is important, resin and concrete are by far the best choices. They have no grout lines or joint seams and they’re resistant to bacteria as well as being anti-mould and water-resistant.

Do you need flooring that's anti-slip?

Resin is slip-resistant with anti-slip finishes and polished concrete can also be made non-slippery if required. With these types of flooring you can be sure your flooring will meet your essential health and safety requirements. Commercial tiles can become slippery when wet so are not ideal for bathrooms, kitchens or any environment where you need to prevent slips and trips.

Does it need to be water-resistant?

If water resistance is an important consideration, resin is by far your best option – it’s completely impenetrable and has the highest resistance to fluids. While the porous nature of concrete allows the floor to breathe, it does mean that it can be stained by liquid spills. Commercial tiling can be water-resistant but if the grouting is breached, water can seep through and contaminate the surface underneath.

Do you want it to be easy to clean?

If cleanliness and hygiene are important considerations for your business; choose resin or concrete flooring rather than commercial tiling because: resin creates a totally seamless, smooth surface underfoot, which makes it one of the easiest to clean; concrete just needs occasional damp mopping; resin and concrete can be easily cleaned using environmentally friendly products; commercial tiling has grout lines that are much harder to clean, resulting in the need to use more toxic cleaning products.

Does it need to be impact resistant?

Both resin and concrete surfaces are incredibly tough and have high impact resistance so they’re perfect for automotive, industrial and manufacturing environments. Commercial tiling is fragile and tiles can be easily chipped or cracked so they’re more suitable for residential and some commercial buildings.

Does it need to be easy to repair & maintain?

As resin is protected against discolouration, chipping and cracking; it comes into its own being one of the easiest surfaces to maintain. Concrete is also relatively easy to maintain as it simply needs to be resealed every few years, depending on traffic.
In contrast, commercial tiling can too easily become loose, pop up or crack and so likely to need repairing more frequently.

Do you need to refurbish?

There are pros and cons with most flooring when it comes to refurbishment. Resin is the best choice if your flooring has deteriorated beyond repair. Its self-levelling properties means it can be laid on top of most surfaces.
If you have a concrete floor that’s deteriorating, it may be possible to top it off to repair it. With commercial tiling, patch repairs of hairline cracks may be preferable to replacement because removing the damaged tile can often result in damage to adjoining tiles.

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