Why architects should look more closely at flooring

Architects design for function and form. They will look for products that are durable and will retain their value, but importantly, that are aesthetically pleasing.

As the flooring industry is evolving incredibly quickly, it might be time for some architects to revisit the possibilities that are out there for their designs.

Long-term value in flooring

Choosing the right flooring is a matter of function (carpeting or hardwood) and style.

Today, there are tiles that look like wood. Hardwoods that are waterproof. There are even digital graphic applications that turn an inexpensive material, like laminate to LVT, into their more expensive counterparts – convincingly.

With the increased durability of flooring that once was fragile or difficult to keep up, there is an expansion of flooring that offers long-term value.

A look at the life cycle cost of many materials will show that once very expensive materials are less expensive to install and last longer than ever before. There are also, again, the possibilities of less expensive materials being used as mock versions of their expensive counterparts.

Going Green

Reclaimed – recycled – sustainably harvested – locally harvested – natural fibers.

There are a lot of trends in the green flooring world. Many of these choices are the same prices as the non-green counterparts.

The key to green flooring is that it’s its own selling point. Most companies and homeowners don’t need a lot of convincing once they’re told that all of the flooring is sustainable and green.

Part of the green movement is also toward products with lower or no VOC (volatile organic compounds). The rise in asthma and other breathing disorders, as well as a general trend away from harmful products, has given rise to a consumer awareness of VOCs and indoor air quality.

Green sells and it’s good for the planet. That makes it a win-win. For architects, this type of expertise can become a career enhancer.

Cement Tile

One place where a ton of style has suddenly shown up is in cement tile. With durability, low cost, and some elaborate styling, these have become a go-to for architects looking to enhance a space, but not spend a lot of money on expensive tiles.

For the consumer, either commercial or residential, the addition of these gorgeous tiles can make all the difference in a kitchen, bathroom, entryway, or basement.

Classic drama

Many current trends include dramatic floor styles. Tiles with bold designs in black against a stark white background are becoming a part of new designs.

Another trend includes placing dark and light colored wooden flooring side by side. This creates a striking style on the floor that can draw an entire space together.

Far from the traditional view of floors as a simple necessity, flooring can now be used to draw a rooms design together and increase style of the space.

Why architects should look more closely at flooring

The short answer is because flooring is a place where a design can be made to stand out.

There are thousands of flooring options that didn’t exist just ten years ago. In many cases, the usability of a specific product has expanded because technology has conquered things like waterproofing.