Restaurant Flooring: Which Surface to Choose
Restaurant Flooring: Which Surface to Choose
Choosing the right flooring is crucial for restaurant owners and similar commercial venues. This decision impacts aesthetics, safety, durability, and long-term profits. When selecting flooring, key considerations include appearance, slip resistance, waterproofing, and ease of maintenance. Popular options like laminate, vinyl, and tile withstand heavy foot traffic while providing an attractive look. Hardwood brings elegance but requires careful maintenance in high-moisture areas. Ultimately, the best restaurant floor balances durability, safety, and visual appeal while fitting within your budget. We understand that every restaurant environment is different, but to make the best decision, you must analyse your space, traffic patterns, and needs. The material or materials you select materials should have the best return on investment through their longevity, easy upkeep, and guest experience.
Considerations when installing new restaurant flooring
When selecting a floor for a restaurant, consider these seven critical factors: aesthetics, safety, protection, water resistance, slip resistance, durability, and capacity for heavy traffic. The floor should also be easy to clean since high foot traffic causes faster soiling. Furthermore, evaluate your budget and expected return on investment. Here are some excellent floor coverings worth considering
Laminate flooring is a popular flooring option because it offers several benefits: it is extremely durable, with a smooth, even, and scratch-resistant surface that resists stains, abrasion, and fading. This allows the laminate to maintain its new appearance for longer. Laminate floors are also easy to maintain and available in a variety of textures and colours that can add warmth and richness to a restaurant’s interior design.
LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tile)
Luxury vinyl tile is perhaps the most popular surface. It is a high-end surface that offers numerous benefits. They are comfortable underfoot yet durable enough for heavy traffic. They are waterproof, easy-to-clean surface that resists wear while requiring little maintenance. Available in a wide range of colours and designs, luxury vinyl tiles realistically imitate wood or stone tile. With a combination of style, durability, and practicality, these floors make for an appealing option.
Vinyl flooring has increased in popularity as it meets the demands of high-traffic areas. Waterproof, low-maintenance, and durable, vinyl comes in a wide variety of styles, textures, and colours that can mimic stone, hardwood, and other looks to match your preferences.
In high-traffic areas, you have two choices for flooring: solid hardwood or laminated wood. Multi-layer hardwood is ideal if you want underfloor heating, as it is strong yet retains heat well. However, hardwood is sensitive to moisture and not waterproof, so avoid installing it in kitchens or bathrooms. For restaurants or pubs, opt for the hardest hardwoods available to withstand heavy use.
Ceramic floor tiles are an excellent choice for high-traffic areas like kitchens because of their durability, variety of styles, and colours, and low maintenance. However, they can break if heavy objects fall on them. Regular sweeping and mopping keep ceramic tiles looking in top condition.
Polished concrete has become popular as a flooring option across commercial spaces in the UK. This surface is hard-wearing and can easily withstand heavy footfall and the abrasion caused by tables and chairs. Moreover, it will also resist the rigorous cleaning that is required, without sustaining damage. Finally, a concrete floor can also help meet health and safety regulations. Despite the glossy appearance of polished concrete, it is a low slip surface.
Are you ready to install new restaurant flooring?
If your restaurant needs new flooring, look no further than FSC. With our expertise in installing all types of floor coverings, our team is prepared to recommend and install the best solution for your specific needs. We understand the importance of maintaining a clean and attractive space for your customers, and our flooring options are designed to enhance the aesthetic appeal of your restaurant while also providing durability and functionality. Trust FSC to deliver high-quality flooring solutions that will meet your requirements and exceed your expectations. Contact us today to get started on transforming your restaurant’s floors.