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Commercial Flooring

Choosing the best commercial flooring solution is a tough nut to crack. Ensuring that the materials used are durable, easy to clean, and fit for purpose is one thing. But to be able to also ensure that the result is aesthetically pleasing and suits the style of the establishment is hard to achieve.

At Bradbury Flooring, we are very aware of what matters to our customers. Both facets are of prime importance. And we believe there are three main aspects, therefore, to choosing the right commercial flooring solution for a project.

Commercial Flooring

No one size fits all, as they say. And that’s as true about commercial flooring as it is anything else. How a building is decorated reflects on a brand; and commercial flooring is an important aspect of this.  Whether you’re a traditional looking business, a contemporary healthcare clinic, or modern public enterprise, you need the right flooring solution to support your brand.

At Bradbury Flooring, we recommend and work with a wide variety of high quality flooring brands to be able to offer you a fabulous selection of patterns, finishes, colours and designs.

Types of Sub Floor and Sub Floor Preparation

Before any type of floor covering is installed the sub floor must be carefully prepared first. There are different types of sub floor and each one requires different methods of preparation. Bradbury Flooring will carefully survey the sub floor of your project and ensure that the correct preparation is carried out to give you an excellent finish to your chosen floor coverings. Below are a few basic types of sub floor and the types of preparation involved

Removal of old floor coverings

Where an old floor covering needs to be removed we will assess what method will be most effective in removing it. Some floor coverings such as carpet tiles, and traditionally fitted carpet, can be easily removed by hand. Other floor coverings such as vinyl, marmoleum and fully bonded carpet can be more stubborn and we will use mechanical floor stripper to remove these. All old floor coverings will be removed from site for disposal or where possible sent for recycling.

Timber sub floors

When dealing with a timber sub floor such as floor boards we need to ensure that there is a smooth surface for the new floor coverings, especially where a floor covering such as vinyl is being installed.  An underlayment of 6mm flooring grade plywood is affixed to the timber sub floor with divergent staples and all the joints are receive fine finish mortar to create a smooth surface for the new floor covering.

Concrete Sub floors

Concrete sub floors will be carefully tested with hand held Protimeters or hygrometers to measure the moisture content of the concrete to ensure that it is sufficiently dry to receive floor coverings. To prepare the concrete sub floor it will be carefully swept and vacuum clean before priming and applying a minimum 3mm layer of smoothing compound.

Anhydrite Sub Floors

Anhydrite sub floors are gypsum based and are being used more and more in new construction as it fast to install and cures sufficiently to be able to be walked on very quickly. The installer should remove the surface laitance once it has initially cured to allow the anhydrite to fully cure. If it is not removed it is unlikely to cure sufficiently to allow new floor coverings to be installed and will have to be removed by mechanically grinding the surface. The installer, once they have removed the laitance from the surface will confirm to the flooring contractor when the sub floor is sufficiently dry to receive floor coverings. Much like concrete sub floors a smoothing compound needs to be applied prior to installing the floor coverings. As anhydrite floors are gypsum based specific primers and smoothing compounds need to be used and the Contracts Manager will recommend the most suitable products.

Damp Proof Membranes

With concrete sub floors and anhydrite sub floors there are occasions where the moisture content of the sub floor is too high for the installation of floor coverings. In these cases a damp proof membrane or moisture suppressant can be applied to the surface of the sub floor to prevent the evaporating moisture content from causing the new floor coverings to fail. During the survey of the sub floor Bradbury Flooring’s Contract Managers will test the sub floor to ensure that the floor is sufficiently dry before the floor coverings are installed and if they find that the moisture content is too high they will recommend a suitable damp proof membrane or moisture suppressant to ensure your project is complete on time.

Ease of Maintenance

Cleaning and maintenance of commercial flooring is a factor that has to be considered both time and budget wise. Products that don’t wear well are likely to be affected adversely by commercial cleaning methods too. It’s a lose/lose situation.

At Bradbury Flooring we always look to recommend commercial flooring solutions that continue to look good and wear well over time, both because they are durable and because they are easier to keep clean than other solutions.


Durability to traffic

Any commercial or public building will have areas of high traffic. Whether that’s an office, a hotel, or a healthcare centre. We know that the commercial flooring choice for heavily used zones is important to get right, if value for money is to be achieved. The covering needs to be robust enough to take the wear and tear on a daily basis. But it still needs to be aesthetically in keeping with the establishment.

At Bradbury Flooring we take these factors into account for every project. And ensure that a bespoke solution that’s tailored specifically to meet the requirements of each project is used.

Types of Commercial Flooring

The type of commercial flooring you choose will be dependent on what you need it to do. But it helps to have a bit of background knowledge about what’s available in the first place.

Carpet Tiles

Carpet tiles work well in zones of high traffic, for example waiting rooms, office corridors, bars etc. They are tremendously hard-wearing, offer a slip resistant surface, and are easy to replace individually in the event of stains. The versatile nature of carpet tiles means they can be fitted into pretty much any space, regardless of shape and dimensions.


Sheet carpet provides a beautiful and durable finish to many different types of projects, for example, hotel rooms, corridors, stairs, school, retirement homes, and care homes. There is an enormous choice of colours, patterns, and designs. The can be traditionally fitted on gripper and underlay, or directly bonded to the sub floor. We can help you find the right carpet and installation method for your project.

Vinyl Flooring

There are many different types of vinyl flooring available on the market today. They provide an extremely durable, impervious flooring covering for a multitude of areas, such as hospitals, surgeries, veterinary practises, schools, offices, kitchens, corridors, and stairs. The vinyl can also be dressed up the walls to create an integral and hygienic floor. This can be critical in a school or healthcare environment.

Smooth vinyl – A very durable and colourful floor covering often used in hospitals, schools canteens and offices, which provides an attractive, impervious finish.

Safety vinyl – In wet areas such as bathrooms, and toilets or in kitchens where spillages can occur a safety vinyl is an ideal choice as it provides all the durability of the smooth vinyl with the added benefit of providing slip resistance in critical areas.

Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT) – Luxury vinyl tiles differ from standard vinyl in it’s ability to closely mimic the look of natural materials such as stone or wood. They provide a beautiful, durable floor covering that can look like a ceramic or natural wood plank floor. The realistic look of these floors means that they are ideal for many different areas where you want impress.

Solid Wood Flooring

Solid wood floors are beautiful and extremely long lasting. There are is a huge variety of different woods and stains available that can give a superb finish to any room. Over time, if the surface starts to dull, a solid wood floor can be sanded and refinished.

Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is ideal for large spaces. It’s an economical, durable and relatively water resistant solution for high traffic areas. Because of its modular nature, if an area receives more wear and tear, it can be lifted and replaced. So you have the benefit of the beautiful appearance of wood, balanced with greater durability and flexibility to maintain.

Engineered Wood Flooring

Engineered Wood flooring has all the benefits of laminate flooring with the difference being that there is a real wood top layer to give a completely natural and warm feel to any room. Just like a slid wood floor, if the surface starts to dull it can be sanded and refinished to restore it to its original glory.

Rubber Flooring

Rubber flooring is a superb highly durable natural flooring product. It is used in a variety of different environments, such as schools, universities, hospitals, surgeries and industrial areas. Being a usually ribbed or raised coin in design they also provide slip resistance.

Linoleum Flooring

Linoleum flooring is a natural flooring product made from linseed oils. Available in a wide variety of colours it is a highly durable flooring product often used in schools, universities, hospitals and offices.

Ceramic Flooring

Ceramic floor tiles give a very durable floor for high traffic areas, such as schools, universities and industrial locations. They are easy to keep clean and are available in a variety of different styles depending on the look you wish to achieve.

Stair Nosings and Floor Trims

Once a floor covering is chosen it is important to consider the trims that will be required and how they will compliment the floor and the design of the room itself, from minimal but functional to bold and statement making, a floor trim is an not just a functional item but can be a very important accessory to the overall look of the flooring installation.

Stair Nosings – fitted to each tread of a stairway the stair nosing is functional as well as decorative. It provides a visual indication of each step in the stairway and also additional grip. They come in a variety of different materials and colours to compliment any design and floor covering.

Floor trims – Where different floor coverings meet either at the threshold of each room or within the room itself the floor trims required will give an even transition between the different types of floor covering and can be chosen to compliment the design of the room.

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If you’d like to find out more about the commercial flooring solutions we can offer you, please do give us a call us. We’d be delighted to talk your requirements through in more detail with you.

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