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Commercial Flooring Trends of 2016-2017

Commercial Flooring Trends of 2016-2017

As the 2016 year comes to an end, it’s time to project for the new year. For those who are actively seeking new commercial flooring, you may be wondering what is hot on the market right now. To help you assess what’s in and what’s out before new trends start to take place, the following list provides a review of the unwavering top commercial flooring trends throughout the year of 2016:

Carpet Tile

As more and more options in design are being generated, carpet tile continues to be fueled as a top commercial flooring trend, as it is highly sustainable and maintainable. Unlike broadloom carpeting that has to be fitted, carpet tiles can be installed easier without the problems of broadloom installation. Carpet tiles can accommodate a variety of shaped rooms and can decrease the amount of waste on a project. 

Carpet tile is also easily replaceable. For instance, if one tile is damaged, it can easily be removed and a new tile will take its place, making it extremely attractive and viable for large spaces. The reason carpet tile is so easily replaced is that it is installed with a releasable adhesive rather than being installed with a permanent adhesive. Also, your attic stock is limited to a 2 x 2 area, not a 12 foot roll of carpet that is difficult to store later. 

As with everything, carpet tile has its disadvantages. For one, certain carpet tiles can show the tile seems depending on the pattern chosen. They can also show wear and traffic patterns after sometime, but can easily be swapped out with new tiles and replace the worn tiles, making it more of a benefit rather than a disadvantage. Above all, with its attractive price and easy installation process, carpet tile continues to be a top choice for business owners.

Luxury Vinyl

Another top trend is Luxury vinyl.

Vinyl composition tile (VCT) is a finished flooring material made up of vinyl and limestone. It is used primarily in commercial and institutional applications. VCT is the most inexpensive floor initially to install, but when you factor in the waxing of the VCT floor, it is one of the most expensive choices of floors for its life cycle. 

LVT is luxury vinyl tile and an ideal choice for commercial applications. Luxury vinyl comes in all different designs and styles, including hardwood flooring looks and natural stone looks. It’s highly versatile and can imitate other expensive flooring looks at a fraction of the price, and is easily maintained. It can be waxed but in most settings, it is not necessary or required. Luxury vinyl’s placement as a top commercial trend doesn’t appear to be vanishing any time soon.

Rubber Flooring

Rubber Flooring has increasingly become more and more popular in the past couple of years and seems to be running a steady pace. Rubber has come a long way in terms of aesthetics, appearances, and design trends and is available in a variety of styles, including low-gloss solid colors and polished patterns. Besides its eco-friendliness and attractive cost, rubber flooring is highly durable and resilient, making it a preferred platform for high traffic areas.


As we touched upon eco-friendly flooring in our latest blog post, eco-friendly flooring remains a top trend for a number of reasons. While eco-friendly flooring helps the environment, it is also highly resilient, durable, and is now coming in a variety of options, such as bamboo, concrete, cork, hardwood, modern linoleum, rubber, and wool. These innovative platforms are just the beginning of the initiatives being taken in today’s eco-friendly prioritized society and is a highly effective resource utilized in the efforts of saving time, money, and energy. The key is to make sure the proper product is being specified for the correct areas in a building.

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

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