Playing a major role in brand identity, elevating or calming a mood, or creating a 360° immersive experience, your choice of commercial office flooring material is core to the success of your project. Porcelain flooring is a versatile and luxurious option for meeting a range of design briefs. How does porcelain compare to and work with other flooring materials?
The Natural Warmth Of Wood
Despite the popularity of wood, wooden flooring is rarely used extensively in commercial buildings. With high long-term care demands, this option was off-limits to all but the elite minority.
Yet wood, with its inherent warmth, rich character, and aura of trustworthy calm, has never lost its aesthetic appeal.
In porcelain tiles, the natural grains, palettes, and details of wood can be carefully reproduced to capture the integral beauty of the material. The result is a floor that looks and feels like real wood, but which has the benefits of being highly durable, non-slip, and easy to clean.
The Quiet Elegance Of Stone
Stone has always added dramatic personality to a space. Whether the understated calm of limestone, the imposing personality of basalt, or the unabashed luxury of marble, stone brings something unique to any commercial space.
However, as with wood, there are elements of natural stone that make it a challenge for some commercial projects. It can be prohibitively heavy for some structures, and is not an economy option.
However, when stone is replicated through porcelain tiles, the full aesthetic effect is dynamically brought to life. The detail is so precise that the tiles look and feel like the natural product.
This means that in bespoke projects where experience is paramount, the stunning range of visual and textural characteristics of stone become a very real option.
What About Costs?
Porcelain tiles are one of the most affordable flooring options for any project, whether commercial, private, or outdoors. This is partly because the advanced digital technology used to create fine detail means that clients have a high level of control.
This saves time as well as cost, so the effect is doubly rewarding. When compared to ‘natural’ alternatives, there is no single equation to compare cost per square metre. However, as a general rule the cost of using porcelain is far less than stone or wood.
The savings can, therefore, be dramatic.
Various other factors - such as the size of the tile - also have an influence on project cost. Today’s designers are able to offer very large tiles, ultra-thin tiles, and tiles that have features such as recessed lighting already in place. Porcelain tiles therefore have an extraordinary level of versatility, meaning that designers and architects can bring to life complex and inspiring designs.
Material of Choice
Designers are challenged to approach commercial office spaces with ever more creativity. Porcelain tiles, where imagination is crafted into elegant solutions, can turn inspired design into inspiring reality. If you are inspired to learn more, please get in touch.