Low Maintenance Products for High-Traffic Buildings

High Traffic Area

When you’re responsible for maintaining a high-traffic, large facility such as an amusement park or convention center, you must find ways to work efficiently and effectively. Limited resources, a large physical area, and the unpredictability of large groups of people can make that a challenge. One way to better meet your daily objectives is by relying on low maintenance products whenever possible. Here are ideas to do just that.

Entryway Space

Many high-traffic buildings see much of their wear-and-tear at entry points. After all, heavy traffic is concentrated in those areas as people move in and out of buildings throughout the day.

Investing in heavy-duty door systems and touchless options can be a necessary part of designing a high-traffic building. Suppliers such as Assa Abloy offer durable, heavy-duty automatic doors for main entrances and conversion kits for existing swinging doors.

In addition to touchless entryway doors, having durable entryway floor mats that can withstand heavy foot traffic and frequent cleaning is also important. American Floor Mats specialize in highly absorbent entry mats, carpet options, and rubber drainage mats.

Best Flooring Materials

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High-traffic buildings that see a great deal of foot traffic must rely on durable, easy-to-maintain flooring material. According to Spectra Flooring Design, a specialist in high-traffic floors, here are the best six materials to consider:

  • Terrazzo: This material is perfect for large, main areas where you may want your flooring to do double-duty as a branding component. Terrazzo allows you to incorporate unique designs and your logo easily into your flooring design. Its higher upfront material and installation cost is balanced with its durability and low maintenance requirements.
  • Quarry Tile: For commercial kitchens and areas where spills, grease, and heavy foot traffic are issues, quarry tile is an inexpensive, functional alternative to porcelain.
  • Luxury Vinyl Tile: Vinyl has come a long way, and today’s options are nearly endless in terms of colors and textures available. LVT is perfect for high foot-traffic spaces, offering durability at a lower price point.
  • Epoxy Flooring: This system is perfect for various applications, including industry, hospital labs, high-traffic areas, and commercial. When appropriately installed, epoxy flooring is easy to clean and maintain.
  • Carpet Tiles: For areas where you want a warmer, softer feel, carpet tiles are a versatile, durable option. You have plenty of design and color options, as well as the flexibility of replacing worn areas more easily.
  • Rubber Flooring: If you need a slip-resistant, sound-absorbing flooring material, consider rubber flooring, which is popular in high-traffic areas such as gyms and hospitals.


Durable Fixtures in Restrooms

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Public restrooms are perhaps one of the highest traffic areas in extensive facilities such as amusement parks, convention centers, and airports. The number of people moving through these spaces can be immense, visits are usually brief, and people are transient. Unfortunately, public restrooms are often targets for vandalism and more hidden areas for inappropriate behavior.

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 fixtures such as toilets, sinks, faucets, and mirrors want to protect these investments from vandalism and heavy  usage. Here are some low maintenance options:

  • EVR Touchless Faucet: These single-piece cast brass faucets from Chicago Faucets are vandal-resistant. A long spout and thermostatic protection improves the visitor’s experience, and a long-term power supply and compact control box makes maintenance easy.
  • Vandal-Resistant Mirrors: Sustainable Supply offers several commercial-grade mirrors that allow easy glass replacement and comes with theft-resistant mounting.
  • Tamper-Resistant Dispensers: Vandal Stop Products sells a wide range of tamper-resistant dispensers for toilet paper, paper towels, and soap. Keep your high-traffic buildings well-stocked without the added expense of bathroom supply thefts.
  • Durable Toilets, Plumbing, and Cubicles: Some organizations specialize in designing high-traffic restrooms and can help select vandal-proof toilets as well as durable cubicle material, inviting and easy-to-clean. 

Flexible, Strong Furniture Options

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Maintaining an inventory of appropriate furniture for your high-traffic buildings can be a challenge.

For facilities such as convention centers, chairs and tables may be moved around and reconfigured almost daily depending on the size and type of meeting or event being held. In this case, commercial furniture must be able to withstand frequent handling, movement, and storage.

Although other high-traffic areas such as amusement parks or airports may not see as much movement in furniture, they also need durable chairs, kiosks, counters, and other fixtures. Explore the offerings of a supplier such as National Business Furniture for options in desks, chairs, storage, cubicle materials, and outdoor products such as benches.


In the end, high-traffic buildings have specialized needs, especially when it comes to fixtures and components that require ongoing maintenance. By choosing high-quality, durable, and low-maintenance furniture, systems, bathroom fixtures, and flooring during the design or remodel of a high-traffic building, you invest for the long-term. It’s an investment that will pay dividends for years to come in terms of protection, upkeep, maintenance, and repairs.

Topics: Facility Management, Construction, Architecture