If you are a business owner who is fortunate enough to have chosen an industry that will let you run your operations out of your home, consider yourself extremely fortunate. Home based business owners are able to save considerable overhead costs on work space, but flooring replacement is a likelihood if you are planning to be in operation, long-term. Take the following four factors into account when choosing which type of flooring will be best for your home based business.
1. Nature Of Business – When choosing suitable flooring for your business, consider your industry and the impact it can have on your flooring. Remember that heavy foot traffic, repetitive actions or heavy impacts can take a toll on reasonably durable flooring. Concrete, laminate and epoxy flooring are all great choices for home based business owners who want the freedom to use their work spaces for a wide range of uses.
2. Licensing And Zoning – Home business owners operating in industries that necessitate licensing often invest in floor replacement in order to meet code requirements. Cottage food manufacturers, dog breeders, auto mechanics and tattoo artists often face strict licensing requirements that require them to make substantial changes to the areas of their home in which they will be operating their businesses. Replacing existing flooring, and swapping it out for epoxy floors can help you to meet local health code and business licensure requirements.
3. Sanitation And Maintenance – Hardwood floors may look great in your home office setup, but scratches, grooves and pits are anything but professional. Many types of traditional flooring are impractical for proper sanitation and timely clean-up. Epoxy flooring in particular has anti dust properties, making it a good choice for business owners concerned about dust build-up, allergens and dirt.
4. Flooring Cost – Some business owners operate in industries that will allow them to choose practically any type of flooring, with no immediate negative impact. Over time, existing flooring can chip, erode, fade or otherwise be worn down, so investing in heavy-duty flooring prior to opening for business is advised. Choosing durable flooring materials, such as epoxy or cement, can also help you to better define your business work space. Physically delineating a space for work purposes can be very beneficial, particularly when filing business taxes.
Flooring replacement costs are typically priced by the foot. Measure the space you will be using for your home based business before consulting with a floor replacement company, and requesting a custom quote. Make sure that you note the industry that you operate out of, as well as your total budget.