Decorating with Impermeable Surfaces

What is an Impermeable Surface?

Asphalt, concrete, or pavement — all of these are surfaces make cleaning up in the office a breeze. Here are the best places for installing impermeable surfaces.

Pros of Impermeable Surfaces

  • Perfect for kitchens and break rooms. You’re bound to encounter some spills when Rick walks up sloshing his coffee at everyone, so you’ll want impermeable surfaces.
  • Cheaper than carpet. For a surface like carpet, you’re looking at $25 per square yard. However, carpet also means overage of 5 to 10 percent (usually for angle cuts and attic stock); you have to consider the cost of carpet maintenance and cleaning. What could be pennies per square foot quickly becomes thousands of dollars per month in maintenance.
  • Concrete is a one-time payment.

Cons of Matte and Low-Sheen Surfaces

  • Stains can be impossible to hide. Your stained floors will read like a criminal record of your company’s inability to keep their coffee in their mouths.
  • It sure won’t be sparkling. The amount of scrubbing and time needed to make the spots come out makes low sheen finishes even duller.
  • Cleaning does not help the sparkle. Harsh and abrasive cleaners get out stains, but remove sheen.

There’s no right or wrong answer to using an impermeable surface over a matte or low-sheen surface. Really, the trick is to think of how the space will be used. A mixed-use office will likely require a mixed-use solution. Where do you find impermeable surfaces work best? Let us know in the comments!


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