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Be Our Guest: Flooring in the Hospitality Setting

Hospitality settings present a unique set of requirements and opportunities. These facilities demand high performance features and appealing designs to create the perfect balance of atmosphere and commercial durability. In the past, that meant less than appealing commercial flooring options, but thanks to breakthroughs in manufacturing and maintenance technology, hospitality flooring can be an exciting and cost-effective design element.

Challenges to Consider

A hotel or hospitality setting is a complex environment with a wide variety of flooring needs, and satisfying every aspect of a hotel’s flooring requirements is no easy task. Food handling areas such as bars and restaurants present unique challenges in hygiene maintenance. Creating a design that contributes to safety while not increasing the work involved in keeping these floors clean is absolutely vital.

Flooring in the Hospitality Setting

Additionally, other spaces such as laundry rooms, leisure facilities, exercise rooms, tourist attractions, guest rooms and common areas all have unique needs. Commercial flooring solutions need to be durable and attractive withouttrapping grime and dirt. Whether it will be located in the front or the back of the building, hotel flooring must be designed to endure while creating the right impression.

The biggest challenge to hotel flooring is foot traffic, which is the everyday wear and tear of guests and staff. In high-footfall areas like entries, halls and lobbies, where long hours and hard-wear are the norm, the look and resilience of vinyl tile can be very attractive. Simultaneously, it is necessary to consider any locations that might need sound dampening flooring if the foot traffic is too loud or distracting. In these areas, a mix of commercial carpeting and luxury tile can serve both needs, creating a resilient environment underfoot.

Moisture is a leading cause of failed resilient flooring, and hotels have more than their fair share of damp environments. The knocks and spills of a commercial kitchen are only the beginning of moisture exposure in a hotel. With bathrooms in nearly every room, as well as potential risks inrecreational areas, swimming pools and spa settings, there are numerous different types of water sources in a hotel. Even without all these additional sources of water, a concrete slab can emit moisture on its own. This issue makes moisture testing especially important before installing any type of flooring on grade.

Preferred Types of Hospitality Flooring

Flooring can have also have a profound effect on a hotel’s professional space, like in conference and meeting rooms. Some spaces achieve a sense of comfort by using materials such as hardwood flooring or LVT Planks that look like wood flooring to give the space a relaxed feel. Even though many facility managers prefer the look of hardwood in meeting rooms, this type of flooring doesn’t effectively dampen sound the same way carpet flooring does, and the constant movement of chairs tends to scratch the floors. In terms of aesthetics, it might be better to choose an LVT faux-wood paneling for the floors along the corridor, but leave the sound dampening carpeting in the conference room itself.

Patterned carpeting has been a main stay of the hospitality world because the busy patterns hide stains. With attached cushion, carpeting has fantastic durability and is highly sound absorbing. Printed carpeting from Milliken, Durkan or Shaw are typical products found in hospitality. Also, high end ax ministers and wiltons can achieve patterns and levels of color clarity not often found in tufted carpeting.

In addition to hard wood, another popular option for the more eco-friendly and sustainable company would be bamboo or cork. These both make great choices for creating warm, welcoming spaces. These options are some of the greenest flooring products in the world with high LEED points.

The public areas of hotels have become more than an extended entry, as they are another popular space that enable guests to linger, socialize and conduct business. Hotel lobbies present design opportunities that allow hospitality facilities to think creatively when itcomes to the flooring used in these areas. Trends indicate that it’s necessary to install high-quality flooring in common areas such as lobby spaces, meeting facilities and ballrooms. Additionally, Oriental rugs make a fabulous statement and are extremely durable in hotel lobbies seating areas if the flooring itself is hardwood or marble. To read more about the best flooring for high traffic areas, click here.

Commercial Flooring and Interior Concepts specializes in the above commercial flooring services and options for hotels and other hospitality settings. Click below to check out some of our recent hospitality projects!

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