As a specialist in food grade flooring, we know a thing or two about selecting the right restaurant floors – and it goes way beyond just the aesthetics. Take a look at these tips for selecting the perfect floor for your restaurant, bar, or commercial kitchen:
1. Shop for Durability: This one is huge! Restaurants and commercial kitchens see a lot of foot traffic, so to avoid floor repairs, go with a floor that is both durable and easy to clean. Concrete is a great option for durability, as is an epoxy floor. Avoid materials like hardwood that can suffer water damage and need refinishing often.
2. Must be Easy to Clean: An easy rule of thumb: if you can’t mop it with good old-fashioned soap and water, then it’s not right for your restaurant! Avoid materials with grout lines or seams where bacteria and mold can hide.
3. Find Functional Aesthetics: While you want your restaurant flooring to look good, you don’t want it to be heavy on maintenance. When looking for the perfect commercial floors, think about your brand image and what look you want to achieve. Make sure the floor matches the rest of your branding. Then, think about materials that achieve that with the least amount of maintenance. For example, we’ve seen an increase in the desire to use porcelain tile that looks like hardwoods, because it gives a hardwood look – but with so much more durability.
4. Safety is Key: While you want the floor to be durable and beautiful, you don’t want it to be hazardous. Because restaurant floors can get slick when wet, the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) estimate that over 4 million employees and restaurant patrons are injured annually due to slips and falls. Did you know that many restaurant flooring options have a coefficient of friction rating (COF) or are labeled NFSI certified? Using these guidelines to select a floor will help you keep both employees and guests safe.
Need help selecting the perfect restaurant floors? Give T.W. Hicks a call today! Proudly serving restaurants in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and beyond.