Office Building Flooring Statistics
Insights on the flooring finish in office buildings include the different floors recommended for lobby, office, conference rooms and kitchens in the building. Design trends include differently shaped flooring and customized digital designs. Sales statistics show a huge increase in resilient flooring.
Types of Rooms
There are four types of rooms to consider when selecting flooring materials.
Lobby and reception areas
- In this location, design and durability are key factors when selecting flooring material. It should make a good impression while also withstand significant foot traffic.
- A few materials that are aesthetically pleasing and durable enough to be used in a lobby are terrazzo, wood finishes and luxury vinyl tile (LVT)
Open office spaces and break rooms
- Flooring in open office spaces should match the facility's aesthetic, stand up to high levels of traffic and absorb excess background noise.
- Examples of durable, easy to maintain flooring materials include carpeting and LVT.
- Because conference rooms are often used with important stakeholders, the flooring selection should make a good impression.
- Durability is not as important as these rooms have less foot traffic.
- With design as the key concern, a couple materials that would work in general conference rooms are wood finishes, luxury carpet, and LVT.
- Office kitchen flooring should be spill, slip, and water-resistant.
- It should also be easy to clean and maintain, as cleanliness is important and spills are common.
- Flooring recommended for office kitchens include quarry tile, LVT, and linoleum.
- New technology has resulted in more choices than ever before for flooring, including shapes and graphic designs.
- There is a large movement away from the traditional 12"x12" square tiles.
- New options include hexagonal tiles, both in carpeting and resilient flooring, rectangular tiles and even planks available in LVT and other resilient flooring options
Digital Graphic Applications
- For an even more custom design, digital graphic application has resulted in the creation of customized designs on durable, cost-effective flooring materials.
- Manufacturers can now print, adhere and seal a customized digital finish onto many flooring materials.
- This choice is now available on LVT, porcelain and laminate.
- Customization can also be ordered marble, stone, wood and other natural textures.
- In 2007, the average price per square foot for resilient flooring was $0.64. In 2017, it was $1.04. Last year it was $1.14.
- Ten years ago, sheet vinyl, vinyl composition tile (VCT) and peel-and-stick tile made up 75% of the sales. By 2018, that number was down to 22.5%, down from 28.8% in 2017.
- The increased usage of the higher-cost LVT, both residentially and commercially, and now WPC/SPC/rigid, have been industry game changers.