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Assessing Your Flooring Budget

Assessing Your Flooring Budget

If you have recently been toiling around with the idea of replacing your commercial flooring, it is extremely imperative that you budget for the job correctly.  With proper assessment of your flooring replacement and the costs associated, your flooring installation can be a rather time and cost efficient project if estimated correctly. To help you determine how much the job will potentially cost, adhere to the following questions:

What kind of flooring does your business need?

Is your business a restaurant where drinks are spilled, food is dropped, and staining commonly occurs? Perhaps you’re a smaller business that doesn’t have a high level of traffic, but a high need for the most elegant looking floors to match your branding image.  Or, maybe your business is one that has a lot of activity on the floor (dancing, running, high level foot traffic, etc.) and you need a flooring that is extremely durable.

Whatever the case may be, resilient flooring vs non-resilient flooring makes a big difference in regards to your flooring costs. Resilient flooring, such as cork, linoleum, rubber, sheet vinyl and vinyl composition tile (VCT) is a much cheaper option in comparison to the non-resilient preferences (hardwood, ceramic, concrete, granite etc.), but it does not give you the elegant look that stone, ceramic or granite present. Also, if there’s a lot of water contact with your floor or if your business flooring requires extreme measures of durability, non-resilient flooring may be the better option.

What type of flooring do you currently have?

Your current type of flooring can make all the difference in the cost of your flooring project. In fact, the removal can be one of the most expensive pieces! For example, tile and hardwood flooring is awfully difficult and labor/time-intensive to pull up and remove, while carpeting is much easier and takes less than half the time. Also if your current flooring leaves an uneven surface and your current preference of flooring requires a smooth landing, sealers and other variables will up your price.

How big is the area your covering?

This may be an obvious factor to think about while assessing your budget, however, most people don’t realize that it costs more per square foot of flooring when dealing with a smaller commercial facility. This should be factored into your choice when deciding on whether to go with a more expensive or cheaper flooring.

How much stuff is in your facility?

Removing all objects from your facility before the day of installation is perhaps the most overlooked factor of them all. Will you have the flooring contractor assist you? Will you pay employees overtime to help you clear the place out? Will you hire a third party to do the job, or will you be doing it yourself? Getting your building cleared and prepared is extremely important, as both yours, your employees and your customers time is valuable and as an esteemed business owner, you will want the job done in the most efficient and effective way possible.

Rule of Thumb

Accurately forecasting the cost of commercial projects is crucial to the financial survival of any business or organization contemplating future repairs, replacements, redesigns, etc. That is why it is very important to take your time, do your research, and come up with an appropriate budget before deciding on a flooring installation project. Adhere to the guiding questions above and contact a commercial flooring contractor to turn your estimations into accurate, “real” numbers.  

If you are interested in learning more, contact the flooring professionals at Commercial Flooring & Interior Concepts, Inc. based out of Eatontown, NJ. For more information, contact us at 732-542-0022 or e-mail tom@businessflooring.net

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