Vinyl cove base is available in many colors. The applications for vinyl is generally under cabinets. The base of the office walls where carpet or vinyl was installed. Vinyl is usually glued to the wall with seams every 4 feet.
All commercial carpet is not created equal. It depends on how much traffic that an office, business, basement, house of worship, etc. gets. Most commercial carpet is identified by fiber content and ounce weight.
Generally laminate floors are about 30% harder than most hardwood floors. However, they should not be used in wet areas, like kitchens, bathrooms, entrance areas, etc.