Present in each and every room, flooring is a major design element of any hotel. However, hoteliers and brands often fail to see the potential of what’s underfoot.
As you decide what type of flooring to choose, consider the specific application needs and how the chosen surface may affect the rest of your property.
What You Need to Know About Flooring
1. The Starting Point
You want to build up from the floor when designing a hotel. Flooring is a huge part of what a guest sees when they enter any room, so it’s often one of the first pieces selected on a project. Most properties use carpet for sound absorption, so general design and color scheme often starts with carpet.
2. The Slip Resistant Number
To meet brand requirements for slip resistance, all flooring must meet a certain friction coefficient. The coefficient of friction (COF) is the ratio of a force that causes something to slide along a surface to the pressure that’s pushing the two surfaces together. Measuring the COF, or slippage number, helps to ensure the safety of your guests and staff alike.
3. The Ceramic Alternative
Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) is a trendy floor application that is beginning to replace traditional ceramic or enamel tile options. Easy to clean and nearly indestructible, LVT is ideal for pet-friendly properties. Many hotel brands are starting to make luxury vinyl tile part of their brand standards. However, keep in mind that, as a vinyl product, LVT encloses moisture and may trap spilled water.
4. The Carpet Innovation
As a relatively new option created specifically for the hotel industry, carpet tile has many benefits. Because the tile is laid individually, you don’t have to disrupt all hotel operations to install new carpet. With this application, the installation team can do one room at a time and minimize product waste.
5. The Contemporary Look
Today, hoteliers want to achieve the luxury of wood flooring without the upkeep. Enter porcelain tile. Porcelain has been in use for a long time, but manufacturers are offering a greater variety of wood grain patterns. With multiple size options and a richer, more upscale look than LVT, porcelain tile is a natural choice.
Which Flooring Products are Right for Your Hotel?
When it comes to flooring, it’s important to know which products are best for your property. Various factors affect this decision, including:
- Freight costs: Where is the product manufactured?
- Design needs: What is the color scheme?
- Surface finishes: Polished, semi-gloss or matte?
As leaders in design-driven purchasing, Innvision Hospitality guides you every step of the way. Armed with technical knowledge and decades of hospitality experience, our FF&E specialists will advise you on which flooring products to use as well as the ones to avoid.
We’ll work with you to ensure your project comes in on time and within budget. If you’d like to find out more, please reach out to us online or call 888-875-6202 to speak with a representative directly.