Owning a pub can be a lucrative proposition but it’s also risky. It’s tougher than ever to stand out from the crowd these days too, as given the uncertain economic situation in the United Kingdom people are going out to pubs and restaurants less and less.
That’s why when it comes to bringing in customers to a bar every single little detail counts.
This includes the flooring. A bar-ideally- has a lot of foot traffic. There’s also a lot of spills to consider.
Here are three of the best options when it comes to flooring for pubs.
Solid Hardwood Floors
Hardwood floors are an obvious choice for pubs: they’re easy to clean, they’re durable, and they look great. What’s more, solid wood flooring can be sanded and then refinished (wax, lacquer) many times over the years, so even if the floors are looking beat up after a while you can have them looking brand new. It’s quite amazing how scratches, stains, grime, and discoloration disappear completely with some steel wool and a little elbow grease.
Do be sure, however, that you are installing solid wood flooring as opposed to engineered wood flooring. There is a huge difference between solid wood and engineered wood, and the latter can’t be sanded and refinished the way the former can.
On the face of it, the thought of flooring a pub or bar with carpeting seems to be counterintuitive. However, we’re not talking about shag carpeting or other fibres that are going to sponge up dirt and odour. There are plenty of carpets and carpet tile options that are suitable for pubs.
In fact, flooring a pub with carpet has an undeniable advantage as carpet offers a degree of soundproofing and can help dull the noise of raucous patrons celebrating until closing time. What’s more, there are plenty of carpet and carpet tile options that stand up to the heavy foot traffic of a bar and are easy to clean. Reputable carpet suppliers know the nature of the bar business, and they’ll let you know exactly which carpet or carpet tile is best for your bar.
Textured Vinyl Flooring
Needless to say, after a person has had a few they get a little tipsy and aren’t as sure footed as they were when they first walked through your doors and into your pub.
Vinyl flooring is easy to install and easy to clean. It’s also relatively slip proof, and provides even better traction when it is textured with raised bubbles and other patterns.
You don’t have to floor your entire bar with textured vinyl flooring, but it’s a good idea to use it at the entrance/exits and for any staircases as these are the areas where slips and falls are the most frequent.