Restaurants have different requirements when it comes to flooring. There’s constant heavy traffic, furniture being dragged around, food and drink being spilled….whatever flooring you choose needs to be pretty hardy. So what types of floor fare best in such a hazardous environment?
Hardwood / Laminate
A traditional choice for many an upscale restaurants, hardwood flooring has many benefits. It’s extremely durable and long lasting, as well as exuding a certain amount of luxury and style. You can choose from a range of woods and finishes to fit your aesthetic, with some products being designed with extra durability in mind so your flooring will last long into the future. Another advantage employees will be happy with is that it’s extremely to clean; just sweep and mop. This can save money in the long run, thanks to low maintenance on a day-to-day basis
You can also look into laminates or wood plastic composites, which mimic the style of hardwood without the price tag. It’s worth noting these types of materials are engineered to be less susceptible to moisture and scratches.
Carpet can actually hide a multitude of sins depending on the style and fabric you choose. It’s also a good option because it swallows a lot of the noise, and restaurants tend to rank up the decibels. Additionally carpet has a cozy and welcoming vibe that other flooring types can’t match.
That being said, carpets are an annoyance to clean and are susceptible to wear and tear. Be sure to move furniture around regularly if you don’t want ‘tracks’ to appear, as well as having them steamed regularly.
Polished concrete is becoming an increasingly popular choice for many commercial properties; it has a sleek, modern edge and is incredibly strong and durable. It’s also a breeze to clean and maintain, and has an affordable price tag to boot. More and more varieties in color are being offered by companies, so you can match it with your restaurant’s overall décor.
Tile is another viable option for a restaurant interior. It’s unfortunately not great at sound insulation, however it’s extremely durable and lasts for a very long time. Another great advantage of tile is it’s finish can make it pretty impervious to any kind of stain – red wine included.