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Restaurant and bar owners want practical flooring but also want something that will last and perhaps is a little different. From easy maintenance to longevity, it’s an investment that is crucial. We mentioned some of the benefits for hospitality flooring in our previous blog. These still stand but what type of flooring is best to use within a bar or restaurant?
Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) : The attraction with LVT flooring is that it is easy to maintain and there is a wide range to choose from. As discussed in our previous blog post for the Hospitality Sector, Luxury Vinyl Tile replicates the look of wood, stone, slate and marble. The beautiful appearance, ease of maintenance and excellent sound and heat insulation ensures that Luxury Vinyl Flooring is a great, cost-effective alternative to the real thing!
Marmoleum : The benefits include strength and durability when using this very traditional product. This is ideal for when you are flooring a bar or restaurant. The surface is relatively smooth and resists stains, scratches and wearing out. It is one of the hardest wearing products available and is also regularly used in schools and hospitals. In addition, one of the many benefits is that it is a completely natural product, using ingredients such as chalk and linseed oil in its manufacturing process.
Wooden Flooring : There are very few products which come close to the traditional appeal of a real wooden floor, although some get very close. Available in a wide range of colours, this generally comes with a pre-lacquered top surface. This can be sanded and re-applied, as the product wears thus bringing it back to life.
Safety Flooring : This type of flooring is especially important within bars and restaurants, particularly in serving areas and kitchens. This type of flooring can provide protection and safety for a variety of different environments. We supply and install two main brands : Polysafe and Altro. These are both renowned for their reliability and versatility. Recently, we completed a job for The Rum Shack in the Southside of Glasgow. Here we fitted Altro slip resistant vinyl on the Main Stage, Kitchen and a few of the public areas.
As we have been supplying and installing commercial flooring for many years, we are able to give you guidance when choosing the right floor for your business. The aim is for your bar or restaurant floor to add to the surrounding atmosphere which is why we have such a large selection to choose from. Flooring for Front of House is just as important as flooring for the kitchen.
We recently completed a job in Carmunnock, near Glasgow, where we were asked to replace existing Karndean in a large Hallway, Lounge and three rooms. The previous floor-covering had been inherited by our customers and wasn’t exactly the best Karndean installation we have ever seen!
We began to remove the previous floor and discovered that the preparation work had not been carried out correctly. It had not been primed prior to applying the smoothing compound, and it had therefore ‘failed’ and was very loose. For some smoothing compounds, priming must be done beforehand.
We had to ‘pull out all the stops’ to get the job done properly, and it proved to be a bit of a challenge. But as always, our fitters (Barry and Tony in this instance) rose to the challenge and provided this first-class finish for our customers.
Here we installed Karndean Opus wood plank, which was laid diagonally across the entire area. Note the border detail – particularly around the curve of the fireplace, and the bottom step ‘bullnose’ in the hall.
The Karndean Opus collection is perfect for homes, like this one, as well as in office or commercial spaces too, particularly because it’s both fresh and modern. The Opus collection has a thick 0.55 wear layer/ surface covering, allowing it to withstand heavy foot traffic.
What a beautiful floor – definitely worth the additional work!
Allfloors is an independent, family run business based in the Southside of Glasgow, offering a hug range of domestic, commercial and flooring products and services.
The hotel industry is big on visual aesthetics. Everything about the inside (and outside too, of course) must look up to a certain standard and attractive to guests. From the windows and the walls, to the doors and most importantly, the floors!
Arguably, flooring plays a bigger role in hotels than any other feature, because it’s not just about the interior design. Floors must also be durable, comfortable, maintainable and safe.
Getting the right flooring in hotels can ensure safety and hygiene, reduce maintenance duties and keep guests happy, which is why we have created this short guide on choosing flooring for hotels!
Things to consider
As obvious as it may sound, it’s important to note that hotel flooring is a lot different from standard home flooring. There is a lot more to take into account when fitting flooring in hotels, like what type of room/area it’s being laid in, the acoustics and how durable and safe it will be.
The area of the hotel
Exactly where the flooring will be fit is perhaps the biggest consideration of all. This will determine a lot of other factors, like how soundproof or comfortable the flooring needs to be for that specific area. Hotels are big spaces, with lots of rooms that serve different purposes, so different rooms require different flooring needs. Bedrooms would require more features than reception areas, for example.
Comfort in hotels isn’t just found in beds and pillows, it’s in the floors too! Hotel flooring should be soft and comfortable underfoot, especially in bedrooms and hallways where comfort is vital.
A certain level of silence is required in bedrooms. No guest wants to hear every footstep of their neighbour above, so choosing the correct floor with soundproof qualities can ensure that this doesn’t happen and keep guests happy.
Safety is key anywhere, but even more so in the hospitality industry. Flooring must also be safe for the staff working in the hotel, just as well as guests. With busy staff rushing about at work, they may be at more risk of slips, trips and falls than guests are.
Many guests come and go in hotels, so wear and tear are very probable. Many organisations may not have the time or budget to continuously update flooring, which is why they need to consider durability and find a floor that will last.
With such high foot traffic inside hotels, dust and dirt is guaranteed to always make their way inside and onto the floors. Luckily, there are types of flooring that can resist dirt, staining and smells.
Finally, floors must also still look good. They should look luxurious and inviting, while complementing the rest of the décor.
Good quality commercial grade carpets are traditionally used in hotels.They are warmer and more comfortable than other types of flooring, with noise reducing qualities too. Carpets can be used throughout an entire hotel, but are almost always laid in bedrooms and hallways.
Carpets retain warmth a lot better than hard flooring options, like wood or luxury vinyl tiles, for example, thanks to the materials they are made from. This is what makes them the most suitable option for bedrooms.
According to The Building Performance Centre at Edinburgh Napier University, carpets absorb sounds up to ten times better than hard flooring, meaning that neighbours won’t be disturbed by footsteps.
Comfortable on foot
With carpets being softer than hard flooring, it makes them more comfortable on bare foot. In bedrooms, guests are likely to walk about on bare foot, so carpets can promote comfort and relaxation.
Hospitality carpet tiles
Hospitality carpet tiles differ from traditional commercial carpet rolls as they are installed as small squares of carpet. These can also sometimes be fitted in bedrooms but are more commonly laid in areas like conference rooms or function suites.
Hospitality carpet tiles are designed to last, so they’re built with strong, heavy duty materials that will ensure this.
Quick and easy installation:
With being such a busy industry, hotels usually don’t have a lot of time to spare to close off areas for flooring to be laid. Fortunately, carpet tiles are simply stuck to the floor, quickly and easily.
Hospitality carpet tiles are versatile and re-usable, which makes them cost effective. Even if they don’t suit one room, they are easy enough to lift and reuse in another.
Luxury vinyl tiles
Luxury vinyl tiles (LVT) replicate the look of natural materials, like wood, marble and rock, making it an inexpensive way to make flooring look more luxurious. LVT may be placed in reception areas or restaurants/cafes within the hotel.
Range of designs:
With such a variety of designs, LVT flooring can look good and fit into any type of room.
LVT is made up of many layers which make it durable, scratch resistant and able to withstand heavy foot-traffic.
Hotels already have a lot to clean. But LVT can make cleaning jobs that little bit easier, as all that is required is daily sweeping and mopping.
Safety flooring is a popular choice in the hospitality industry. Why? The clue is in the name! With this type of floorings ‘safety’ features, it’s particularly useful areas of hotels like restaurants, kitchens, bars or toilets.
Spillages, bacteria, dust and debris will not be absorbed into safety flooring, making it hygienic and easy to clean and maintain.
Safety flooring has been specifically designed to reduce slips, trips and falls, the most common causes of injury in workplaces.
If you’d like to hear more about the services we offer hotels, do not hesitate to get in contact with us today!
Some of our satisfied customers include The Douglas Hotel, where we carried out a full refurbishment and The Leapark Hotel, where we fitted a carpet in the function suite.
Be sure to keep a look out for our next blog, A complete guide to choosing flooring for the hospitality sector part 2: Bars, clubs and restaurants