Why do designers call floors “the fifth wall”?

Most businesses owners considering a renovation of their premises give careful thought to the walls in terms of color, style, and finishing touches, such as artwork or photographs.

But it’s not just the walls that are worthy of careful consideration. Flooring is a vital component when planning an office, public facility, or any other commercial environment. 

Many designers refer to floors as “the fifth wall”—and with good reason. The floor is one of the largest surface areas of any room, so choosing the right commercial flooring solution

is key to bringing together the design and functionality for long-lasting results.

Who looks at the floor anyway?

If your flooring system is performing, your customers may not notice it. But if you install an inadequate flooring system, you could be setting your facility up for failure. Failed floors can create costly headaches and result in forced downtime for your company as the floor is getting fixed or replaced.  

And you can be sure that if a customer were to slip or trip on a cracked tile, everyone would notice your flooring—for all the wrong reasons.

Everlast® Epoxy flooring is designed for businesses and facilities and provides a superior commercial flooring system that’s both durable and attractive. So, if you need to replace a failed floor, or are in the process of renovating your premises, here’s what you need to know about your “fifth wall.”

Withstands heavy foot traffic with ease

Busy facilities need a flooring system that can cope with heavy foot traffic without developing a wear path in high-traffic areas. Many resin-based floors are diluted with fillers and can’t cope with constant foot traffic.  

Everlast® Epoxy flooring is different. It’s a custom-formulated, troweled-on system that will not crack, chip, or lose its protective coating. It will remain functional and good-looking for many years to come.

A sanitary, healthy flooring solution

Chipped tiles and worn carpets do nothing to protect your floors. In the same way you would never put an unsuitable covering on the walls, you should follow the same rule with “the fifth wall” too.

Everlast® Epoxy flooring contains an integral EPA-registered antimicrobial component to inhibit the growth of microorganisms, protecting against bacteria, yeast, and mildew.  Unlike carpets, which can harbor bad odors, or tiles, which can crack and become a haven for germs, epoxy resin is a sanitary flooring solution that can be used for all types of facilities, from office blocks to classrooms.

Epoxy flooring is also nonporous, making it a practical choice for commercial kitchens where there’s a high risk for fat and boiling water spillage. This flooring is also popular in veterinary clinics where little potty accidents are common with ill pets because it’s also resistant to damage from harsh chemicals and cleaning products.

Slip resistant for safer flooring

Facility managers know the impact a nasty fall can have on their reputation, insurance costs, and legal fees, so they know they have to take all the steps necessary to provide a slip-free surface for staff and visitors.

Everlast Epoxy flooring has a textured, slip-resistant finish that provides added grip for a safer flooring system.

In areas where there is a high risk of slips, such as near a swimming pool, auto shop, or commercial kitchen, additional grit can be included in the glaze coat to provide different levels of slip resistance.

A good-looking floor that complements your brand

Aesthetics might not be the number one priority for a functional and long-lasting floor, but with epoxy flooring, you can have the best of both worlds with a blend of functionality and style.

With more than fifty colors to choose from, there’s sure to be a shade that matches your branding and integrates your style into the important “fifth wall.” Everlast® Epoxy flooring has color running through every layer of the resin, so it won’t fade or look dull.

For a truly professional finish, we specialize in adding a custom design or logo to your facility floor to tie the whole area together in an eye-catching way. Our certified installation team can make your dream floor a reality, so the only limit is your imagination.

New flooring systems or a retrofit floor—we can help

Our team members are experienced installers capable of laying a brand new flooring system or retrofitting an epoxy system to an existing floor overnight, which means no downtime—just a fabulous fifth wall that’s ready for business.

To find out more about our commercial flooring solutions, contact us for friendly advice and a free sample.