Building Owners: Do You Know Which Floor is the Most Cost Effective?

Have you ever wondered which floor is the most cost effective choice for your building?

In 2005, The Tile Council of North American hired an independent construction consulting firm to answer that exact question.  The Tile Council commissioned Scharf-Godfrey to perform a life cycle cost study of various types of commercial flooring.  Scharf-Godfrey determined that ceramic tile cost less per year than other floors over the life of the building.  Glazed ceramic tile floors cost 33 cents per sq. ft. per year over 50 years.  Mosaic tile was second place at 35 cents.  Natural hardwood floors cost 42 cents.  Carpet floors cost $1.26.  VCT cost $1.85.

What are your thoughts?  Does this survey seem correct to you or does your experience tell you otherwise?