Choosing the right type of flooring for a commercial facility is a big decision that has a long-term impact on both building owners and occupants. When owners and facility managers understand installation and maintenance requirements, they can more easily calculate the lifecycle cost of flooring. Meanwhile, employees, students, patients and clients work and spend time in facilities like office buildings, schools and long-term care facilities. Incorporating flooring that keeps occupant well-being in mind can help improve productivity, satisfaction and comfort.
Commercial interior designers and facility managers who make flooring decisions should understand the following benefits that carpet provides:
Better Indoor Air Quality
Carpet helps improve indoor air quality by trapping particles and preventing them from circulating in the air. Lower airborne particulate levels are measured on carpeted flooring, leading to reduced allergens and cleaner air.
In addition, carpet releases fewer volatile organic compounds (VOCs) than hard surface floors like vinyl tile. There are many eco-friendly carpet options with proven low VOC emissions. The Carpet and Rug Institute’s Green Label Plus program certifies carpet, adhesive and cushion products that meet stringent criteria for the lowest chemical emissions.
Excessive noise is disruptive in many types of settings, including hotels, schools and healthcare facilities. The World Health Organization states that, “noise has negative impacts on human health and well-being and is a growing concern.” Noise disturbances were listed as 4 of the top 10 sleep disturbing factors in a recent survey by the American Society of Interior Designers. Reducing noise from traffic and other areas of the facility should be a priority in commercial design.
Carpet absorbs more sound than hard flooring, creating quieter spaces and a warmer atmosphere. In long-term healthcare facilities, lower levels of ambient noise improve patient satisfaction, leading to better sleep and less stress. In educational buildings, carpet reduces distracting noise in classrooms, creating a better learning environment for students.
In wet conditions, more slips occur on hard floor surfaces than on carpet. Entryways and hallways where shoes can track in moisture from rain and snow can be made safer with carpet that provides better traction. This can help reduce the frequency and severity of costly and reputation-damaging slip and fall injuries.
Visually Appealing Design
Aesthetically speaking, designers can use colors and textures in carpet to create beautiful spaces in which to live, work and visit. From carpet tiles to new sustainable materials, the carpet industry is constantly developing new technology and designs to add style and function to any facility.
Carpet is a safe, attractive and cost-effective flooring solution for many facilities. Proper cleaning and maintenance will extend your carpet’s life and keep it looking clean and bright, giving building occupants the best experience possible.