The Benefits of Wood Flooring In Commercial Properties

 

Hardwood floors have fast become a popular choice for commercial and hospitality spaces, such as restaurants, bars, hotels and office, thanks to its durability, easy maintenance and timeless look.

In the late 1950s and 1960s, carpets were seen as a luxury item and they became somewhat of a trend, and prior to that, tiling and vinyl were more favoured. 
However, over the last decade, hardwood flooring has cemented its place as the number one option for flooring around the UK, and it’s easy to see why as the benefits are highly appealing.

It’s timeless

It’s safe to say that wood flooring will never go out of style, especially if you stick to a classic oak or walnut. 
The biggest fear that interior designers, architects and business owners have when decorating a property, is that their interior choices may look great now, but could lose their appeal a decade from now, making the property feel dated or difficult to sell further down the line. 
Fortunately, wood flooring doesn’t fall into this category as it’s not a trend piece and has been in existence, and going strong, since 1885.

Easy to maintain and clean

As highlighted in our previous blog, How To Maintain Wood Floors, wood floors are easy to look after, especially in comparison to carpet which can be completely ruined by a knocked over glass of red wine, or kids being let loose with a marker pen. 

When it comes to wood flooring, most spills can simply be wiped away, and any scratches or scuffs can be removed with a quick refinish. 
Cleaning wood floors is even easier; a sweep down every couple of days and a deeper clean with a steam mop every week will keep your wood floors looking as good as new. 
Carpets require a little more upkeep if you want them to stay clean - being hoovered every day or two, investing in a carpet cleaner, which can be pricey and a long process.

Not to mention the fact that carpets hold onto smells, including unpleasant ones, which isn’t the case with wood floors.

Benefits of Hardwood Floors in Commercial Buildings

Durable and cost-effective

Even if you did manage to keep on top of the cleaning with a carpet, it would still naturally loose its softness and colour after a few years, particularly if it’s installed in a space with high traffic.
Wood flooring has a far longer ‘life expectancy’ in that it will not lose its colour or get worn down in your lifetime, so you can install a wood floor in your commercial property and know that it will look and feel as it did on day one fifty years down the line. 
This also makes it a cost-effective option. You won’t need to think about purchasing new wood floors every ten years, unless you really want to.

An array of options for every decor theme

We can’t say it enough, but there are so many options when it comes to wood floors. There are a number of finishes, types of wood, colours, patterns, grains etc. that you can choose from, which means you are certain to find something that you love, and that goes with the aesthetic you are trying to achieve in that particular space.
This makes it the perfect choice for commercial properties which often need to appeal to a wide range of people and fit within the branding or ‘feel’ of that business.
Whether it’s a gym, restaurant, hotel or school, wood floors work for every age, gender, class and purpose.

Adds value to your property

We will be looking more at this particular benefit of wood flooring in our next blog post, but wood floors can add value to your property. 

Based on all of the benefits already mentioned, particularly the timelessness of wood floors and their easy maintenance, buyers will pay more for a property with wood floors than one with carpets or any other type of flooring. 
Most buyers would replace carpets (especially if they are old and already worn down) with wood floors and would see this as additional work and cost when buying a carpeted house; this could actually make it more difficult to sell, let alone decrease the value. 

Even if you have no plans to sell, you should always be wary of making interior decisions that could restrict you should your plans change further down the line.

Better air quality

A big benefit that is often overlooked, is the improved air quality that comes with wood floors. Carpets trap dust, pollen, and other common allergens, decreasing the air quality in the property and making life a little more difficult for allergy sufferers. 

This is something that needs to be considered in commercial properties which are being accessed by hundreds of people, many of whom are bound to have some sort of allergies. If you don’t want to isolate a whole group of people (i.e. allergy sufferers) then wood floors are your best bet. 

If you want to invest in the timeless, hygienic and durable option of hardwood flooring in your commercial property, then we work closely with the UK and Europe’s best suppliers of wood flooring so that we can provide and install exquisite new floors for you. 

To get book an appointment and get a quote from our experts, please call us on 0121 684 4772 or email info@innerspaceflooring.co.uk

 
 
Author and CEO

Author and CEO

 
Rob Patwary