Next to carpeting, hardwood flooring is the most popular choice for bedroom flooring. Among real estate professionals, genuine hardwood is usually regarded as one of the best flooring materials. Not only is it beautiful and hard-wearing, but it’s also relatively warm and durable. Even better, it’s environmentally friendly.
Carpet is the most popular choice for a bedroom flooring surface in North America and many other western nations, largely because it is soft and warm on the feet—an obvious advantage in a room where you are often bare-footed. That tactile comfort helps to create a sense of lush luxury in the room while also protecting you from cold toes on chilly winter mornings. But there are other reasons that carpet is popular, as well as some reasons you might not want to use it.
There are numerous options available when choosing any laminate flooring. Because these materials can be printed to look like anything, you can find laminates that reproduce the look of natural materials such as exotic hardwoods, natural stone, bamboo, or even cork. This makes it easy to find a material that matches the aesthetic and mood you are trying to evoke. The design options may be slightly narrower than with residential flooring, but you will still have dozens, if not hundreds, of options to choose from.
Commercial-grade laminate flooring shares some of the same maintenance virtues and qualities as residential laminates, but it also has some particular characteristics:
Because the wear layer of commercial-grade floorings are of such high quality, it is quite resistant to scratching and penetration. Since spills, dirts, and staining agents generally just rest on the surface of the material, regular maintenance simply requires that spills are wiped up and that dirt and grit are vacuumed or swept up.
Laminate flooring products are categorized by AC ratings that indicate the durability levels of the product and its ability to resist abrasion, impact, burns, and stains. The rating system ranks the flooring on a scale ranging from AC1 to AC5. Laminate flooring rated AC1 or AC2 is better suited for residential applications, while AC4 or AC5 flooring have a slightly abrasive surface wear layer, making them better choices when choosing a laminate flooring for commercial areas. AC3 flooring will suffice for light commercial settings, and it is sometimes installed as an upgrade for residential applications where greater durability is required.