The floor of your restaurant kitchen, dining room, or hotel is very important if you are looking to create a total experience. Whether you want the gleam of tile, luster of carpet, class of dense wood, or economy of laminate and vinyl, the decision is a crucial one. Today we are going to examine the options and help you make the right choice.
- Carpet: I know that there are still many commercial spaces using carpet in the dining area. If you are remodeling and have carpet, I would suggest removing it. I dislike carpet in almost every area of a restaurant. Why? Simply because it is hard to clean and doesn’t have the longevity that you are going to want out of your floor. If you insist on carpeting areas of your dining room, think rugs. These can be moved, washed, and replaced a lot easier. Carpets can also lock your dining space into one particular color scheme or style, which can be pricey to change.
- Tile: I enjoy tile. It has a classic look that can be used in the kitchen, bathroom, and dining room to create elegance and texture throughout your restaurant. The best part about tile is that it is strong and can last a lifetime. It is quite expensive unfortunately, as well as difficult to walk on for some shoe types. Most entryways adorned with tile will also be rugged for cleanliness and stability. Having one or two seating areas in tile may give your customers a few options for where to sit, but rarely is tile used throughout a restaurant. If you have a tile floor, investing in matching rugs for underneath tables is important. Everything slips easier on tile.
- Vinyl: Cheap, versatile, and easy to clean. Vinyl is my choice for in the kitchen. It can also be used in the bathroom or anywhere tile is used. Many mom and pop burger joints use vinyl almost exclusively. Of course, if you want a more updated look, keep your vinyl use limited. I have been more impressed with a sealed concrete floor than some vinyl floored establishments. Even the swankiest joints can make use of vinyl; however, it’s all about where and how it’s used.
- Laminate: This faux wood replacement is frowned upon my many in the food industry as being a cheap cop out. The truth is that laminate flooring can warm up your dining space and is cheap enough to use in the kitchen as well to create and even flow throughout your restaurant. Though laminate is not the most durable, it is easy to replace should some part become stained or damaged. If you want to add warmth to your dining room experience and can’t spend a fortune, you should consider laminate.