Which flooring should you use for your project or hotel? There are endless options available for hospitality flooring solutions today. Interior designers, architects and project managers can choose between countless flooring products and designs: Ceramic and porcelain tiles, natural hardwoods, carpet and carpet tiles, synthetic materials such as luxury vinyl tiles and new materials designed with sound absorption. Of course, you want to make sure that your commercial flooring is providing a high performance over time, so we created an overview of options in the flooring industry. For all information around tiles and how to source tiles in China, please find a separate article below.
There are several benefits to using LVT flooring in hotels, especially in terms of durability and long-term costs. By using a thick wear layer Luxury Vinyl Tiles are more resilient and resistant on the long run, and therefore need to be less frequently replacement. Also, the maintenance costs are lower compared to carpet and hardwood alternatives.
Aesthetically LVT can also match the attributes of other floorings. The vinyl can imitate other hard surfaces, for example, natural wood or stone or ceramic tiles, providing the architects with a wide range of different visual appeals.
Of course, LVT will not replace a wooden flooring in its visual appeal and rich texture. To create and high-end guest experience wooden floorings will stay out of competition due to its natural look.
LVT flooring quality has advanced strongly over the past few years in China, especially with the arrival of rigid core products. Advantages of such a vinyl flooring set-up are quick installations, waterproof and antimicrobial surfaces, as well as sound absorption. There attributes make the LVT a perfect flooring choice in the hospitality industry.
For hotel room refurbishments “floating” floors can offer another unique advantage that is appreciated by project managers and hotel owners across the hospitality industry: The LVT planks can be installed over existing hard surface floors, including ceramic tile, while even hiding minor subfloor imperfections.
Another great news for US customers: The U.S. Government has temporarily lifted tariffs on luxury vinyl flooring tiles, agreeing with arguments that tariffs would hurt U.S. Consumers more than they’d help domestic manufacturers. (plasticsnews.com)
For softer hospitality flooring options, architects can use large broadloom carpets or smaller carpet tiles instead. Broadloom carpets typically include a pad that is glued to both the floor below and the carpet above. Usually, installation costs are a bit lower with carpet tiles because there is no pad required. Also, carpet rolls can be as wide as 4 m/ 13 ft, while tiles often come in small squares, minimizing leftover material. Furthermore, carpet tiles can be easily removed and replaced as they wear down.
A new trend in the 21st century is to use gym flooring, not just in the gym, but also in guest rooms. Often these rooms are then labelled as dedicated fitness guest rooms or suites. Such a flooring system provides force reduction and energy restitution that minimize the constant impact exercise have on the body, mainly the knees and joints. The flooring designs reach from cork and turf like finishes to synthetic wood-grain surface and more. The rubber backing that comes with fitness flooring provides also attributes such as sound absorption.
What is the best hospitality flooring solution for your specific hospitality environment? The large selection of materials and finishes can be overwhelming. In the end the final choice of hospitality flooring will depend on your own design expectations and your hospitality brand, as well as the overall theme of the rooms/ restaurants/ public spaces and your budget. There is no general recommendation that could be made. But we are happy to discuss with you in detail some suitable options of commercial flooring for your hospitality space.