Vinyl plank flooring is increasingly popular in commercial installations thanks to its durability and simple maintenance schedule. In addition, it mimics the look of natural wood flooring, without the high budget or complex installation requirements.
If you're specifying vinyl plank flooring on an upcoming project, it's important to consider both your client's aesthetic and practical requirements. To help you identify vinyl plank flooring best suited to your client's needs, we're sharing the three most important factors to consider when selecting vinyl flooring for an office environment.
What is Vinyl Plank Flooring?
Vinyl plank flooring is designed to resemble natural wood flooring, but at a fraction of the cost. As its name suggests, it comes in planks, rather than a single sheet - for the look of hardwood planks.
Vinyl plank flooring is another name for luxury vinyl tile (LVT), but refers to wood designs rather than stone or abstract patterns that are also available. LVT is constructed of several layers that are fused together under heat and pressure to create strong, long-lasting vinyl flooring.
3 Top Considerations for Vinyl Plank Flooring in Your Office
1) Plank Size
Vinyl plank flooring comes in a variety of sizes, and the size you choose will affect the purchase price, as well as the ease, cost and speed of installation. Larger planks will take less time to install compared to smaller planks, as you'll need fewer tiles to cover a space. It will also take less time to apply adhesive and physically lay each plank. As such, selecting larger planks can offer a significant saving on installation time and labor cost.
However, smaller planks will be easier to install in smaller spaces, such as private executive offices. They will also generate less waste, as small planks require less trimming to fit each room.
In a busy open office, flooring will undergo more wear and tear than a small executive suite. Therefore it's essential that you select a product that is suited for their particular office environment.
The main factor that determines how long vinyl planks will last is the thickness of the topmost layer. The printed design on vinyl planks is protected against scuffs and scratches by a clear wear layer, which comes in different thicknesses.
Flooring manufacturers offer LVT with wear layers in a range of thicknesses, from 8 mil, which is only suited to residential use, up to 28 mil, which suited to high-traffic commercial areas with significant foot traffic, as well as rolling traffic like trolleys or delivery carts. While it is possible to find vinyl flooring with thicker wear layers, this would be unnecessary for an office environment.
Vinyl plank flooring is available in many designs, so along with selecting a product suitable for a client's practical requirements, you'll want to select one that fits in with their desired aesthetic. For example, if your clients have a light-colored furniture, consider vinyl planks with a dark wood design to create contrast.
Furthermore, vinyl plank flooring offers greater design flexibility compared with sheet vinyl - making it possible to lay planks in different orientations to create a subtle patterning effect.