Many people who work in offices or who design offices think that the floor is largely inconsequential. They are sorely mistaken. The floor of an office is as integral a part of the office as the desks or the walls. The floor helps to set the tone for the office and is literally the foundation for the design scheme. If you have plain vinyl or linoleum floors, they’re serviceable but they’re cold. They’ll signal no warmth to your employees. However, if you have great hardwood floors, it will feel more like home. The warmth of the floors has been shown to improve the job satisfaction of many employees.
One of the most important things you need from your employees is productivity. Productivity is a measure of how much work they accomplish in a given amount of time. When employees are more productive, businesses are more productive and thus more profitable. So, how do you increase productivity? Well, research has found that employees who are happy with their workplace are more productive. They’re happier when they feel more appreciated and more welcome. If you install hardwood flooring, your employees will feel more comfortable. Hardwood is the preferred flooring of living rooms and other inviting spaces. Furthermore, they will know that you’re willing to go the extra mile for them.
So, installing hardwood floor in your office can improve your productivity, but what type of hardwood flooring?
Which Hardwood Flooring?
The first basic decision will be whether you want engineered hardwood or solid hardwood. Engineered hardwood is made from a layer of medium density fibreboard, high density fibreboard, or plywood. The top layer is a thin veneer of your preferred hardwood. Engineered hardwood is a good choice, especially for offices, because it has less upkeep than some other kinds of hardwood. Heat and humidity can cause solid planks to warp somewhat; engineered hardwood doesn’t warp as easily as solid hardwood.
Also, engineered hardwood is open prefinished; that means it is sealed at the factory with a combination of aluminum oxide and urethane. The finish is incredibly hard and lasts for decades. That means that moving chairs on the floor, spilling coffee, and generally going about your workday will not damage the floor.
If you choose a solid hardwood floor, you can still get it prefinished. You can also choose different types of finish that would be better for an office. Ask a professional in flooring and in office design.