One of the most important design decisions in new construction or a renovation project is flooring. It affects the feel and functionality of a space. Restaurants present a number of flooring challenges. Not only must the flooring be durable and slip-resistant, it must be able to withstand spills and constant foot traffic, and have minimal maintenance. Choosing the right restaurant flooring installation is very important. After all, the right choice sets the stage for the overall ambiance of the dining room. The wrong choice can make the room excessively noisy or cost time and money if it’s difficult to keep clean.
Every restaurant has different requirements, but there are some factors to consider when considering a restaurant flooring installation: traffic pattern, acoustics, ease of maintenance, aesthetics, comfort for the servers and kitchen staff, and ease of moving furniture. At East Coast Flooring & Interiors, we have installed many South Flordia commercial floors for restaurants, and are prepared to get the job done for your restaurant.
Selecting Restaurant Flooring
Today, owners have an abundance of options when it comes to selecting restaurant flooring. Ceramic and porcelain tile are the most widely used restaurant flooring materials because of their strength and durability. Ceramic tile can withstand heavy foot traffic, as well as scrapes from chairs and tables, and it’s unlikely to chip or crack. Tile that is properly installed by restaurant tile installers is also virtually waterproof, making it both sanitary and easy to clean. Because it is made from all-natural clay and sand, tile is also environmentally friendly and does not release harmful fumes or gases into the air. Tile is available in a large variety of styles, colors and textures, allowing restaurant owners to find a style to suit any decor.
While carpet has long been a common flooring material for restaurant dining areas, alternative materials like polished concrete, which is highly durable and easy to maintain, are becoming popular. Carpet has great traction and acoustical factors and can consist of recycled content, but the durability can be low for high-traffic areas in restaurants of any size. Plus, carpet is subject to a great amount of build-up from contaminants and deterioration that calls for regular deep cleaning. A design trend seen in many operations is a combination of various flooring finishes, with carpet used in some areas for color and acoustical effect, and complementary wood finishes, tile or concrete used elsewhere.
Concrete flooring is one of the most inexpensive materials available to restaurant owners. It is part of the building’s construction, and when left uncovered, can provide significant savings in materials and installation. Concrete floors are also incredibly durable and long-lasting, and require virtually no maintenance. By treating the surface of the floor with a clear seal coat, owners will find that spills and other messes are easy to clean and will not stain.
Vinyl plank flooring installation coverings are available in sheet or tile installations. Sheet vinyl is one of the most sanitary and easy-to-clean floor coverings on the market. Unlike tile, it has no joints to trap dirt, and spills can be easily mopped up. Vinyl plank flooring comes in a wide variety of styles and colors, which can be mixed and matched to create any look. Staff and customers will appreciate the comfortable, soft feel of these floors, as well as its clean, modern look. Vinyl is resistant to damage, but has a short lifespan.
From an aesthetics perspective, identifying flooring material that relates well to the design of the dining space is a common factor in the selection process. The style of the restaurant, along with the menu, branding and the personal taste of the owners, are key factors when shopping for flooring. For example, hardwood may help impart a warm, sophisticated look. But with hardwoods, long-term maintenance must be considered. Commercial-grade solid wood flooring should ideally be stripped and resealed with polyurethane once yearly as a basic maintenance practice. That could require a few days’ downtime – not a viable option for most restaurants. Other wood choices, such as bamboo, cork, polyurethane-impregnated wood or engineered wood, may be easier-to-maintain alternatives to natural hardwoods. A new trend, according to East Coast Flooring & Interiors, is porcelain tile products that have highly rendered wood grain patterning and color variation that captures the warmth of a real wood floor.
More types of restaurant flooring include:
You also need to consider each zone of the restaurant. The bar area needs to be protected from customers who spill drinks as well as provide protection against liquids that may spill from behind the counter. The kitchen requires rubber flooring, which is durable, waterproof and protects employees from slips and falls. Plus, it’s easy on the feet and easy to clean.
Contact Our Restaurant Flooring Installation Team Today
East Coast Flooring & Interiors has experience installing flooring for restaurants, bars and nightclubs. We offer a collection of high-performance flooring products that meet the rigorous challenges, including rubber flooring, carpeting, hardwood, marble, porcelain, stone, vinyl, vinyl planks and laminate.