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Best Types of Flooring for a Restaurant or Bar

June 23, 2020
Choosing the right flooring for your restaurant or bar is a crucial decision that can impact your establishment for years to come. Here's a comprehensive guide to navigate the different options and select the ideal surface for your needs:
 

Key Considerations for Restaurant and Bar Flooring:

  • Slip Resistance: Commercial kitchens and dining areas experience spills and moisture. Slip-resistant flooring is essential to prioritize safety and minimize the risk of accidents.
  • Durability: High foot traffic and heavy equipment usage demand a durable floor that can withstand wear and tear.
  • Ease of Maintenance: Frequent cleaning and sanitation are crucial in restaurants and bars. Choose a low-maintenance surface that simplifies cleaning routines.
  • Fire Safety: Opt for flooring materials with low flammability ratings to enhance fire safety in your establishment.
 

Popular Flooring Options for Restaurants and Bars

Laminate Flooring:

Renowned for its durability, stain resistance, and easy maintenance, laminate offers a variety of textures and colors to complement your d├ęcor.
  • Pros: Durable, stain-resistant, easy to maintain, affordable
  • Cons: Can be susceptible to water damage if not installed correctly, may not be as comfortable underfoot as some other options
 

Ceramic Tile Flooring:

A classic and versatile option, ceramic tile provides excellent durability, longevity, and a wide range of styles and colors.
  • Pros: Durable, easy to clean, water-resistant
  • Cons: Can be prone to cracking if heavy objects are dropped, may be cold and hard underfoot
 

Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT):

LVT offers a perfect blend of aesthetics and functionality. It's durable, water-resistant, and comes in a vast array of styles that can mimic other flooring materials at a lower cost.
  • Pros: Durable, water-resistant, versatile in design
  • Cons: May not be as durable as some other options, like stone flooring
 

Stone Flooring:

Stone offers timeless elegance and natural beauty. Stone's textured surface enhances slip resistance, making it ideal for high-traffic areas.
  • Pros: Very durable, slip-resistant, elegant look
  • Cons: Requires specific cleaning procedures, can be expensive
 
 

Additional Tips:

  • Consider consulting with a professional flooring expert to discuss your specific needs and get recommendations tailored to your establishment.
  • Think about the overall ambiance you want to create when choosing your flooring material.
  • Remember that some local building codes may have regulations regarding slip resistance or fire safety for commercial flooring.

By carefully considering these factors and the unique requirements of your restaurant or bar, you can make an informed decision that ensures both style and functionality for your establishment.


We Help You Choose

At Express Flooring, we can help you make the right choice. Our designers can do a consultation and come to you; you don’t even have to come to a store. In many cases, we have next-day installation once your flooring is in stock. And we move everything for you and put it back.

If you’re ready to change the flooring in your Arizona restaurant or bar, contact us so we can help.