If you work or volunteer for a church and you've been tasked with buying the new flooring it can be very daunting prospect. What flooring should I get for the church? How much will it cost? What is suitable for which area? How to fit the flooring into the church?
Well, don't worry - this guide should help you understand the basic points and answer some of those questions. If you have more questions - which you probably will - we're always here to help. Just use our live chat service or call us on 0345 222 1544. We won't try and arm wrestle you into buying something - if you just need advice, that's cool.
What type of flooring does each room need?
First thing to do is to think of the room that requires the flooring. Is it a meeting room? Is it a large hall? Is it going to have lots of people walking over it or not? Generally speaking, large halls or areas with lots of space will use carpet tiles. Although it is becoming more popular to use a wood effect sheet vinyl or LVT in some large areas or side by side with carpet tiles.
An example of this would Polyflor Expona Flow sheet vinyl that we fitted alongside Forbo Tessera Contour carpet tiles at Burbage Methodist Church in Leicestershire:
If it’s a toilet area, children’s hall or sports facility then you would most likely need sheet vinyl. This is supplied on a roll 2m in width and has a smooth texture. In facilities that have water you would also need safety vinyl, which gives additional anti-slip properties to the floor.
You can visit our Churches page to see some great options.
Which product should I buy?
The amount you need to spend usually depends on how much use the floor will get. Generally speaking, a pricier carpet tile will have greater strength and durability. For very high traffic areas such as reception areas or entrance areas you need something with a bit of an extra ‘bite’ to ensure the flooring doesn’t wear away quickly.
Entry level carpet tiles for churches
If your church is on a real tight budget our most affordable commercial carpet tile is Nouveau Connections. This is a great carpet tile for all general areas and has StainSafe properties which means if you spill something on it, you can clean it with diluted bleach.
Here are some pictures of Nouveau Connections that we supplied to Liverpool One Church in Liverpool:
If you’re looking for entry level but need a more durable option, then we have a fantastic nylon tile called Nouveau Carnival which comes with a 15 year guarantee and very durable credentials. We supplied and fitted 300m2 of Nouveau Carnival into Ashbourne Elim Church in Derbyshire alongside super-strong Burmatex Grimebuster for their entrance areas:
Mid-level carpet tiles
If you can afford to push the boat out a little further, then we would recommend fibre-bonded carpet tiles such as Heckmondwike Supacord – a very durable commercial tile, popular in schools and churches. It has a brilliant choice of colours and will cope with high levels of traffic.
We fitted 50m2 of Supacord into Tiptree United Reformed Church in Essex:
Premium carpet tiles for churches
If you’re looking for a more design-led look then you could go the same direction as Street Baptist Church in Glastonbury. They chose 500m2 of Interface Employ Dimensions carpet planks alongside 140m2 of Moduleo Transform luxury vinyl tiles. The combination of the stone effect of the LVT and the modern fresh look of the Employ Dimensions collection really worked well.
So, whether you’re thinking of fitting the flooring yourself, or you want us to roll our sleeves up and take on the project, you can find a lot of different options for your church flooring project. And as we said at the beginning of this blog post, we’re only a phone call away if you need advice. Don’t forget we also offer a free design service if you choose DCTUK as your fitting service – and you just have to provide us with your plans, and we’ll do the rest.
If you’re interested in seeing more of our fitting projects, you can click here, or go to our Shop the Look pages to get some idea inspiration.