Malls are expansive spaces that see hundreds, sometimes thousands, of people walking through their premises each day. Between foot traffic, trash, food and drinks, kiosks, product displays, and more, there is a whole host of pressures placed on the floor. This is why the best commercial flooring is so important—you need something that looks nice, is durable, ideally easy to clean and maintain, and also won't be uncomfortable for customers to walk on. For shopping malls, this often means looking to vinyl or rubber flooring.
Vinyl Commercial Flooring
Vinyl flooring is a highly versatile material that is soft underfoot and easy to walk on. The material is also extremely resistant to spills, making it an excellent choice for a food court or other area of the mall where spills could be an issue. In terms of design, vinyl is highly customizable and can be obtained in styles that mimic the appearance of fine wood, stone, marble, and so on, allowing it to substitute for more costly and higher-maintenance materials. Vinyl can be obtained in rolls for easy installation across large swaths of floor, but it can also be found in regular tiles. This lets you be more creative and craft unique patterns or logos in your floors.
Rubber Commercial Flooring
Much like vinyl, rubber flooring is a versatile and durable material that is easy to clean and gentle on foot traffic. While it does not have the same visual variety as vinyl, rubber comes in a number of appealing, low-gloss colours and patterns that can add visual interest to a space in the mall. Rubber is also more cushioning than vinyl, making it extra useful for reducing strain when having to stand for long periods of time. This makes rubber a better choice for store interiors (for staff) and vinyl more suited to the main foot traffic areas of the mall (for customers). Also, it's worth noting that rubber is good at absorbing sounds—like the sounds of hundreds of people walking around and talking on tile floors. This can promote a gentler atmosphere within the mall and minimize mental clutter and distraction.
One thing to keep in mind about rubber and vinyl flooring is that they are both eco-friendly tiling options. Many brands of vinyl and rubber, available at Centura Tile, are made without PVC, dioxins, phthalates, and various other chemicals that have plagued the tiling industry in recent years. Vinyl is an artificial medium and rubber is made from harvested sap, so no trees are cut down in their manufacture, either.
Getting Top Commercial Flooring at Centura Tile
Centura Tile has been a leader in tiling since 1933 and this is reflected in the large variety of tiles we have on offer that can work great in any commercial space. At any one of our stores across Toronto, the GTA, and beyond, you can expect to find beautiful flooring options from lines such as:
- AB Pure Hammered
- Marathon Oasis
- Marathon Round
- Marathon Desert Stone
- Texas Granite
- Luxury 500
- ...and more!
To learn more about commercial flooring options, different tile types, or to ask other tiling queries, feel free to contact us or visit a Centura Tile dealer near you.