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Vinyl vs Carpeting for Commercial Flooring

Is it time to give your building a much-needed facelift? By replacing your current flooring with new carpeting or vinyl you can achieve greater overall function and design aesthetic. The hard part is knowing which flooring to pick.

While carpet has been a standard flooring material in commercial businesses for years, high-quality vinyl flooring options are changing the way business owners and building managers view flooring options. Use the following guide to determine which flooring is best for your commercial facility: vinyl or carpet.

Style and Safety

From hospitality to healthcare, the comfort and safety of patrons is often a top concern in building construction. When selecting a flooring material that works for your business, consider how slick the flooring may be for your average visitor. Carpet tends to be less slippery than vinyl and can provide more options for style including:

— Vibrant colors

— Various patterns

— Multiple textures

Cleanliness and Sanitation

Because of the fibrous components in carpet, high-traffic areas can quickly become matted and dirty. This makes vinyl a popular option in common walking areas, as well as commercial facilities where sanitation is vital.

Some carpeting materials withstand dirt and spills better than others. However, because of its durability and non-absorbent nature, vinyl may be one of the cleanest commercial flooring options.


Price is always a critical point to look at when selecting the right flooring material. Carpet and vinyl are often priced similarly at the base cost per square foot. They’re also similar in cost of installation and maintenance over time. Choosing the most affordable option comes down to the area you’ll put the flooring and the type of use the flooring will see.


When choosing a good commercial flooring product, consider the maintenance that type of flooring requires.  When regularly vacuumed and spot treated, carpet can be an ideal choice for some commercial businesses.

If heavy foot traffic is a concern, vinyl can provide an easy-to-clean alternative that may also mask some of the dirt left behind. With new vinyl products on the market, wear and tear is reduced significantly compared to vinyl materials of the past, so installing new vinyl allows businesses to delay replacement of flooring for much longer with regular low-maintenance care.

Vinyl vs Carpeting Flooring

When all is said and done, comparing cost and care requirements can only get you so far in your decision process. When it comes to choosing between vinyl and carpeting for your commercial space, your personal preferences and styles will usually guide you to the right choice. To see the beautiful variety of carpet and vinyl we have in stock, contact Surface Design Solutions today.

Posted on October 30, 2018.

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