Commercial Flooring: Expected Cost
Until something goes wrong, you might not think about how important your floors are for your business. But without durable commercial flooring, your employees and mobile machinery will have a hard time getting anywhere. Your facility could also be exposed to all kinds of environmental harm, including moisture, thermal shock, and bacteria. Not to mention, your workplace will not look very appealing to your employees or customers.
So, your floors matter a lot. The question remains: how much should you invest in maintaining, repairing, and/or replacing your commercial or industrial flooring? The answer will, of course, vary from one business to another. However, every company should at least be aware of the costs and benefits associated with keeping up its floors.
What to Expect in Flooring Costs
Costs to Consider Upfront
Let us begin by examining the most obvious and common costs to consider involving commercial floors. There are repair costs, installation costs, and preventive maintenance costs.
No matter how well you take care of your floors, or how durable they are, all floors will begin to break down over time. Eventually, you will need to invest in some repair work. These repairs can vary from minor patching like filling in cracks with epoxy filler, to more extensive projects like replacing the topcoat via concrete floor resurfacing.
Sometimes, if ongoing repairs are neglected a floor gets so damaged that it is not feasible to repair and you are faced with the cost to install a new floor. New commercial floor installations should be handled by professionals who will install each step properly and perform the right techniques for the best outcome. There are plenty of flooring options, such as commercial epoxy flooring, urethane cement, or polyaspartic coatings. Each flooring type will vary in price and require different installation techniques.
Of course, you must also invest resources into maintaining your floors so fewer large repairs are necessary down the road. This preventative maintenance includes regular cleaning (sweeping, mopping, etc.), deep cleaning quarterly (or more depending on your facility’s needs), and frequent inspections for cracks, bubbles, or chipping.
Hidden Costs and Risks
If all of the aforementioned costs do not seem appealing or worthwhile, you must also consider the hidden costs associated with neglecting to maintain or repair your floors. You will find that plenty of additional costs may be hidden from view, such as health/safety costs, lost time, and lost productivity/revenue.
For instance, if you fail to clean and maintain your floors on a regular basis, your employees will be at greater risk for injury on the job. You are liable for these slips, falls, and other injuries. These health costs will outweigh commercial floor cleaning costs in the long run.
As for lost time, you may need to temporarily shut down operations to address a serious issue with your floors. This downtime can hurt your bottom line. Every minute your facility is inactive is another minute it is not generating revenue for your business.
This ties directly to another hidden cost: lost productivity. When your workplace is shut down, your employees have less work to do, if any. These opportunity costs can be mitigated by investing in regular maintenance and repair of your commercial floors.
Benefits of Taking Care of Your Commercial Flooring
This investment in your floors is not simply a sunken cost. There are many benefits to taking care of your commercial flooring, improved aesthetics, increased safety and morale, and enhanced durability or ROI.
Whether or not you invite customers and guests into your facility, you want your floors to look as good as possible. No one wants to spend time in a dusty, dirty room after all. Cleaning and maintaining your floors will bolster your reputation and keep employees happy and productive during the workday.
Employees will also work harder knowing that they are working in a safe environment. Investing in non-slip textured flooring, will reduce the risk of slips and falls, if you have harsh chemicals in your operation chemical resistant flooring will not deteriorate and help keep the work environment clean and safe. This increased safety will allow you to retain more employees and cut costs related to health concerns and on-site injuries.
Lastly, taking care of your floors will keep them around longer. No floor is completely invincible, but investing in concrete floor repair when necessary, cleaning your floors frequently, and taking the time to inspect them can add years of functionality to them. This means you can avoid some of those larger, more costly repairs and replacements in the long run.
There is no avoiding it: your commercial flooring will cost you no matter what. How much it costs you depends on your willingness to select the right flooring for your operations, then maintain them properly and hire the right contractors to install and repair your floors. Kaloutas takes pride in improving our clients’ commercial and industrial facilities through our flooring, painting, and maintenance services. To learn more about us, contact us and give us a call at 978−532−1414.
Kaloutas is New England’s premier contractor for commercial & industrial painting, flooring, and related services. Established in 1987, Kaloutas has become a trusted resource for general contractors, facilities managers, and building owners from Connecticut to Maine. Our team prides itself on high quality workmanship, jobs done on time & budget, and tackling complex projects that other contractors don’t have the experience or resources to handle. Contact us today for a painting or flooring estimate, or give us a call at 978−532−1414 to learn more.