There are a lot of elements to consider when it comes to designing a restaurant, including furniture, lights and seating. But in terms of function and form, flooring is one factor you can’t forget.
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Heavy foot traffic, temperature fluctuations and frequent spills are common in restaurants. Aside from how it looks, you must also consider your flooring’s durability, safety and ease of maintenance.
Let’s discuss your options.
Concrete flooring is popular in restaurants because it’s affordable. You can also paint it or put a glaze on it, which makes it versatile in terms of looks and style. And it’s strong enough to withstand pressure from almost anything, including high heels, furniture legs and heavy appliances.
Concrete floors are also easy to clean, especially if they’ve been treated with a glaze. We recommend a textured surface over a polished one to avoid slip-and-fall accidents, especially if the floor happens to be wet.
One disadvantage is that it’s cold and hard so doesn’t provide much cushioning underfoot for staff. Consider investing in quality mats and area rugs to that end; they’ll also reduce noise levels.
Another popular flooring option, laminate has a sealant layer (the ‘topcoat’) that makes it scratch and scuff-proof, although spills left unattended can damage it. Its smooth surface makes cleaning a breeze. It also comes in a range of colours, textures and designs that let it blend in seamlessly with your decor.
Many restaurants have large, open windows that expose floors and furniture to sunlight and, thus, fading. Laminate flooring eliminates this risk, as it’s almost impervious to fading.
One major downside is its slippery protective layer. Consider choosing laminate planks with a textured finish to help provide traction.
Tile is a popular choice for restaurants for good reasons: it’s durable, water-resistant and low maintenance.
It also comes in a wide array of materials, designs and sizes. While big neutral tiles go with large, open areas, small, brightly coloured ones add life and character to an otherwise dull and compact space.
There are a few different types of tiles to choose from, each with its own benefits and drawbacks:
- Ceramic Tile
Ceramic tiles are durable and easy to maintain. They’re almost waterproof, which is great for spills and splashes. Made from natural clay and sand, ceramic is more forgiving on joints than concrete.
Travertine is an eco-friendly material with the benefits of natural stone – durability, style and stain resistance. In case of cracks, it’s also easy to repair or replace.
It’s only available in a few shades, like white, tan, brown, cream and gold, so is only suitable for a neutral-looking floor.
- Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT)
Attractive, durable and available in a wide range of looks, including stone, metallic and abstract designs, LVT is one of the best restaurant flooring options. It also has a layer of felt underneath which provides more comfort underfoot than stone or concrete.
A popular flooring option for gyms and other heavily-trafficked areas, rubber is equally popular with restaurants for its durability, flexibility and comfort. It’s also a great insulator that helps reduce your energy bills.
In terms of drawbacks, it’s only somewhat resistant to heat and moisture, and greasy substances like butter and oil can leave stains. Also, synthetic rubber can catch fire if exposed to sufficient heat.
Selecting your restaurant flooring is only part of the equation. If not properly installed, even the best material won’t achieve the desired look and performance. Professional installation not only ensures the best, longest-lasting results but also meets the warranty specifications.
For example, for optimum results, your contractor will only use a manufacturer-recommended installation method and underlayment materials. They will also ensure there are no moisture issues, which could end up destroying your floor and cancelling its warranty.