Replacing flooring can be a time consuming, costly and altogether laborious task, so getting it right the first time around can save a company a substantial amount of money in the long-term.
Businesses must do more than baulk at the material and installation cost at the point of purchase. It is imperative that facilities executives look at the bigger picture in order to avoid being stung in the years to follow.
Low cost flooring material is usually cheaper for a reason and one must consider the practicality of their choice of flooring ahead of whatever may look the most aesthetically pleasing or financially frugal at the point of installation.
For example, selecting a floor that has greater concrete protection to avoid accumulating damage to the substrate could save a tonne of money compared to selecting a cheap and cheerful system that lacks protection against corrosion and deterioration.
Budget For the Future
Life-cycle costing is a process that can assist facilities executives and managers in ascertaining precisely what a floor will cost throughout its lifespan and ensure that the chosen product will meet all of a facility’s needs.
This way the people in charge of the budgets benefit from seeing the big picture when viewing various flooring options. Thus meaning that they can safeguard against reduced budgets at initial purchase when considering the significant savings that can be made over time.
For instance, if a company opted for an acrylic resin floor with a built-in methyl methacrylate (MMA) catalyst then they would be wisely committing to a hardier, more robust surface, boasting heightened performance characteristics to competitor tiles, sheet vinyl or industrial carpet systems, offering an enhanced durability and as a result an enhanced service life.
This unique technology allows for rapid, permanent upgrades and repairs at a fraction of the cost of replacing the floor with an alternative floor covering and with very little preparation required.
Another major benefit of MMA flooring is that once they reach their sell by date they can be easily and quickly refurbished with another MMA floor finish. Each additional MMA layer added chemically fuses to the previous layer, creating a monolithic system that will not delaminate.
Asking the Right Questions
So there you have it, don’t just look at the installation fee; take into account cleaning costs and ongoing maintenance requirements as well as factors such as chemical resistance, the anticipated levels of foot traffic and on-site health and safety requirements – with one eye always on the end of life costs and whether you need to put money aside for refurbishments or repairs. Remember, a floor is for life, not just for Christmas! Make it last.
If you have a specific question about whether a floor is right for your commercial or industrial facility then give us a ring or leave a comment below to find out more.