Creative industries include the performing arts, small-scale crafters through to people who make things or paint on a larger scale, and computer game designers. Finding the right space for these sorts of business can be tricky, as they all have certain requirements. These are not limited to the amount or type of space required but can also include factors such as flooring. If you are repurposing an existing space for creative use or building a creative space from scratch, what you are planning to do in the space will influence your decision on which flooring to choose.
According to the government, the UK’s creative industries grew by 8.9% in 2014 and generated almost £9.6m per hour. This growth inevitably means that more creative spaces with the right facilities and surface materials, including flooring, will be key.
Solid floors of concrete or tile are very durable and enable easy cleaning and maintenance, making them ideal for spaces with a lot of foot traffic. Tiled floors are easier to install, while concrete floors require professional installation. Both types of flooring are not suitable for sound-related activities, such as music studios, as they transmit sound and echoes. Tile is less absorbent than concrete and is ideal for areas in which water and/or liquid are being used.
Wooden flooring means choosing between laminate and hard wood. Laminate is less costly and easier to install and will not stain or fade like hard wood; however, hard wood is more durable and is a better-feeling and better-looking sort of floor. While hard wood can be refinished several times to restore it to its previous state, laminate has to be replaced if it gets damaged.
Cork and linoleum
Cork and linoleum are both environmentally friendly, as they come from renewable sources. They are perfect for areas in which there is a lot of foot traffic and provide warmth and comfort in the same way as a carpet. Cork flooring from stockists such as ukflooringdirect.co.uk can help to lower heating costs, as it works as an insulator. Linoleum is perfect for areas likely to get wet, while cork can become warped by lots of liquid.
Whatever your creative activity and whatever your specific requirements, there is always a flooring to suit.