A century ago, casino flooring was nothing more than bare wooden planks. In the years following World War II, the wooden floors were covered with brightly colored psychedelic carpeting with gaudy and loud patterns. In the 1990s, as casinos began to evolve from the carpet installation, and into elegant resorts with fine restaurants and chic clubs, commercial flooring became more fashionable, more comfortable, and more functional and durable.
Casino Flooring Installation Selection
Axminster, a wool blend broadloom carpet installation with stiff backing and a soft, colorful cut pile, is still the preferred carpet of choice for casinos because its fire resistant and resilient. While wool carpet blends are not a new innovation in casino flooring, carpet styles, designs and colors have changed over the years. One or two generations ago it was not unusual to see themed patterns – like horseshoes, leprechauns and Disney-esque themes in the carpet. Today such heavily themed carpeting is considered passé by properties that opt for a more elegant look.
Today, the architecture and design of resorts is based on style and class. “Casinos are unique. We’re seeing more contemporary styling now than in the past,” said carpet and tile installer East Coast Flooring & Interiors. “The bold patterns are still popular on casino floors because they tend to hide stains; but designers must stagger various colors so the carpet will maintain its appearance and integrity as it becomes worn from tremendous foot traffic.”
In the gaming area, broadloom is still preferred over hard surfaces for a number of reasons. The carpet installation absorbs sound, and because of high traffic and the placement and repositioning of heavy slot machines, it’s better to use broadloom rather than a hard surface that will be partially hidden by the machines and scratched when the machines are moved. In addition, most resorts run conduits under the gaming area to hide cables and electrical wires.
Tribal gaming operations and riverboat casinos favor modular carpet tile installation because it’s very easy to replace. The carpeting looks like broadloom and the tiles stay down with a releasable adhesive, with the seams camouflaged.
Some more casino flooring selections include:
Following a trend in residential and commercial construction, many new resorts are incorporating hard surface flooring installation in the public areas of the casino, especially the hotel lobby. According to the World Floor Covering Association, this segment of the floor covering continues to grow by leaps and bounds. Fifteen years ago, carpet accounted for 80 percent of the market. Today, it’s down to 65 percent. Improvements in hard floor products in recent years have helped fuel the trend. Today, engineered woods are less expensive and more durable. And people love the look and feel of hard surface floors.
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Casino flooring demands a “wow” factor. East Coast Flooring & Interiors knows that color, styling and design determine the look and feel of the space. With thousands of people walking, drinking and smoking in the casino 24/7, the flooring needs to be durable and be able to withstand constant high-traffic volume, while being easy to clean and maintain. East Coast Flooring & Interiors has created custom carpets for large and small casinos, always striking a balance between high design and maximum durability.