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Price Guide for Commercial Flooring

Introduction

The thought of purchasing a new floor for a commercial environment can be a daunting task for anyone as there are so many factors to consider during the planning phase that can have a big impact on the overall cost of the project. We’ve put together this guide that will help you to understand the process of finding the best possible flooring for not only your budget but for how you need the flooring to perform for your organisation.

Of course, If you’d like to get more accurate costing we’d always recommend contacting a commercial flooring contractor like us to carry out a free of charge no obligation site survey and quotation for you. One of our experts can show you exactly what is possible within your own budget as nowadays the choice is just mind-blowing.

With every type of flooring, there are many factors we have to consider. The base/sub-floor can normally need preparation. This could be hardboard, ply or latex screed. Is there old flooring that needs to be uplifted and taken away? We work with many recycling programs to keep as much out of the landfill as possible.

How much does an office carpet cost?

Whether you require flooring for a temporary exhibition or an exclusive meeting room the price will dramatically vary. Below are some very approximate rates that vary with quality and quantity.

Exhibition Carpet

£6-£10 m²

Communal Carpet

£13-£20 m²

Hotel Bedrooms

£20-£25 m²

Office Meeting Room

£25-£35 m²

Fitting prices vary again depending on the type of installation. This can vary from £8-£14m² Some carpets require an underlay. We recommend a 7mm heavy contract version for £3.50m²

How much do carpet tiles cost?

Whether you require flooring for a temporary exhibition or an exclusive meeting room the price will dramatically vary. Below are some very approximate rates that vary with quality and quantity.

  1. Quality required

    The two main yarns are polypropylene and nylon. Nylon gives a longer contract rating and also a castor chair rating. Polypropylene does not.

  2. Quality & design of the yarn

    Manufacturers vary the prices we buy carpet tiles are depending on whether they are producing and delivering one box or one pallet of 20 boxes.

  3. The backing of the tile

    The majority of manufacturers use a bitumen backing but some use a luxury backing to give more comfort and better acoustic properties.

Basic Carpet Tiles

£6-10 m²

Heavy Contact Tiles

£13-20 m²

Cushion-back Tiles

£20-25 m²

How much does safety flooring cost?

When we carry out projects for safety flooring the material is normally the least relevant on price. The costs come more from the base/bub floor preparation and the installation costs.

Safety Flooring material costs are normally between £15-23.00m² Other variants to cost are ‘sit on skirting’ or cap and coving depending on where the vinyl flooring is to be installed.

How much does vinyl tile flooring cost?

Vinyl tiles are brands like Amtico & Karndean. There are also brands like Milliken and IVC Commercial that we regularly specify. Each manufacturer has different ranges with different price brackets. We can help find the best one for you.

Flooring Grades

Flooring products are graded by their durability and depending on how much foot traffic your organisation has could well have an impact on the product you choose and its price. The grades are as follows:

Grade 32
Light commercial use

Grade 33
Heavy commercial use

Grade 34
Basic Carpet Tiles

Therefore if you have a small office or meeting room that has 15 people a day walking on it then a grade 32 would be more than sufficient. Most commercial settings require a grade 33 product. These products are usually 100% Nylon or have nylon and wool mixed and will have a minimum 10-year wear warranty sometimes even going up to 15 years! A grade 34 product would normally be required for very aggressive footfall or areas where there may be machinery like a forklift being used or an area such as a hospital where trolleys are always being wheeled across the floor.

This is good news for buyers as they often feel like a cheaper product will not perform as well as a more expensive one but actually if a £12m² carpet tile and a £30m² carpet tile are both 100% Nylon and both grade 33 with a ten year wear warranty then the only reason to choose the £30m² product is because you like it better, not just because it’s in the budget. And of course don’t believe that just because you are buying a cheaper product that you are getting an inferior product, Nowadays even budget ranges come in some lovely designs that look far more expensive when they are installed than their price tag suggests.

Other things to consider

There is a myth that the more money you spend on a commercial flooring product the better it will be and the better it will perform but this is not always the case.

Depending on the size of the project, the time of the day or week can have a big impact on pricing. If you are having a small area installed and you can either block the area off or get staff to work in other areas or at home or you have empty areas that you have not yet moved into then a normal hour’s install will always be the cheapest option. Sometimes this may not be an option if the project requires machinery to be used that can be loud.

Out-of-hours installation in the evening or weekends is great for projects where there is a lot of disruption or noise or areas where you cannot move staff out of easily. These tend to be larger areas or areas that cannot be shut off during normal hours such as toilets, kitchens and tea points or communal areas that always need to be accessible for movement of staff and fire safety purposes. Projects where we use our ‘lift and shift’ service to move and reinstate furniture, are often done out of hours.

Night work would normally be required only in areas that cannot be accessed at any other time of day and is the most expensive time for installation.

Depending on the size of the project, the time of the day or week can have a big impact on pricing. If you are having a small area installed and you can either block the area off or get staff to work in other areas or at home or you have empty areas that you have not yet moved into then a normal hour’s install will always be the cheapest option. Sometimes this may not be an option if the project requires machinery to be used that can be loud.

Out-of-hours installation in the evening or weekends is great for projects where there is a lot of disruption or noise or areas where you cannot move staff out of easily. These tend to be larger areas or areas that cannot be shut off during normal hours such as toilets, kitchens and tea points or communal areas that always need to be accessible for movement of staff and fire safety purposes. Projects where we use our ‘lift and shift’ service to move and reinstate furniture, are often done out of hours.

Night work would normally be required only in areas that cannot be accessed at any other time of day and is the most expensive time for installation.

Depending on the size of the project, the time of the day or week can have a big impact on pricing. If you are having a small area installed and you can either block the area off or get staff to work in other areas or at home or you have empty areas that you have not yet moved into then a normal hour’s install will always be the cheapest option. Sometimes this may not be an option if the project requires machinery to be used that can be loud.

Out-of-hours installation in the evening or weekends is great for projects where there is a lot of disruption or noise or areas where you cannot move staff out of easily. These tend to be larger areas or areas that cannot be shut off during normal hours such as toilets, kitchens and tea points or communal areas that always need to be accessible for movement of staff and fire safety purposes. Projects where we use our ‘lift and shift’ service to move and reinstate furniture, are often done out of hours.

Night work would normally be required only in areas that cannot be accessed at any other time of day and is the most expensive time for installation.

Depending on the size of the project, the time of the day or week can have a big impact on pricing. If you are having a small area installed and you can either block the area off or get staff to work in other areas or at home or you have empty areas that you have not yet moved into then a normal hour’s install will always be the cheapest option. Sometimes this may not be an option if the project requires machinery to be used that can be loud.

Out-of-hours installation in the evening or weekends is great for projects where there is a lot of disruption or noise or areas where you cannot move staff out of easily. These tend to be larger areas or areas that cannot be shut off during normal hours such as toilets, kitchens and tea points or communal areas that always need to be accessible for movement of staff and fire safety purposes. Projects where we use our ‘lift and shift’ service to move and reinstate furniture, are often done out of hours.

Night work would normally be required only in areas that cannot be accessed at any other time of day and is the most expensive time for installation.

What type of flooring do I want to install?

The type of flooring you want to install can have a big impact on price for two very different reasons. Firstly that actual flooring itself can vary massively in price but also the installation cost of different products can vary massively as well due to how difficult or time consuming they are to install. For example install carpet tiles tends to be the cheapest as they are easier to install and can often be installed in high volume. But id we look at rubber or safety floor they are much harder to install and are often installed in smaller areas. Below we have listed a few types of flooring and the purchasing and installation costs.

Luxury Vinyl tiles

Nowadays due to the amazing designs that are available LVT or Luxury Vinyl tiles have overtaken wood and in some part safety floor or lino for areas that need to look great, be super durable, and easy to maintain. Often the floor will need preparation work but you will have a floor that looks amazing and lasts for a very long time. This product also come is a free lay form that allows you to install directly over raised access flooring that is in good condition without the need for preparation work.

Browse Vinyl Tiles
Material Cost
£15-30m²

Basic wood plank designs

£35-70m²

Bespoke/Weaved design

Installation
£15-40m²

Depending on design

Carpet Tiles

The choice in carpet tiles is mindblowing ! From square to planks with the option of transitioning in and out of colours everything is possible in carpet tiles. But the best part of using carpet tiles is the installation cost is pretty standard even with a tricky design involved. and the majority of the time there is none or very little subfloor preparation.

Browse Carpet Tiles
Material Cost
£15-30m²

Price range for material

Installation
£15-40m²

Depending on design

Safety floor and Lino

Popular in the education sector and in wet areas such as toilets and kitchens or behind bars safety floor or lino needs preparation work to the subfloor 100% of the time. Although relatively cheap to buy the installation has to be perfect and can be quite a slow process, especially in small areas or wet areas that are run up the wall 100mm ( capped and coved ) and all joins have to be hot welded to make the watertight. Rubber however if you go for certain brands such as Nora is actually self sealing so you can create amazing designs with no welded joints for a crisp look.

Browse Safety floor
Material Cost
£13-25m²
Installation
£13-20m²
Capping & Coving
£10 linear metre
Hot Welding
£2 linear metre

Rubber Flooring

Rubber is a versatile product with great design possibilities. 
If you go for certain brands such as Nora the rubber is actually self-sealing so you can create amazing designs with no welded joints for a crisp look. Available in tiles and rolls Rubber is not the cheapest product but is easy to maintain and lasts for a very long time.

Browse Rubber Floor
Material Cost
£35-70m²

Price range for material

Installation
£15-25m²

Depending on design

Still have questions?

Still unsure about the best carpet option for your commercial property? The Selby Contract Flooring team are happy to help. Give our team a call on 02077395051 or Book your free site visit

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