If you are a business owner trying to keep ahead of the competition by improving the look of your physical location, hardwood floors may be on your wish list. While it is easy to understand the appeal of this type of floor treatment, it is true that you may hesitate before taking the big step. As a commercial venue owner, you may worry about the wood’s ability to sustain heavy traffic and about the hardwood floor refinishing cost in case it doesn’t.
Hardwood floors installed in public areas should respond to different demands than those in residential interiors. Whether brought into retail spaces, offices or cultural venues, they usually face heavy daily abuse. Protecting your floors is not high on your customers’ priority list when they step into your store, yet your business is often judged by the look and cleanliness of your physical space. High heels, dirt, dust, mud and water are common enemies threatening to slowly erode an improperly maintained hardwood floor.
Despite such worries, hardwood floors are an excellent choice for commercial spaces. They warm up your space, and they subtly suggest that your business keeps itself to the highest standards. However, in order to keep your floors in good shape and avoid unnecessary repair costs, you have to make sure you abide by the two golden rules of beautiful commercial hardwood floors: good choices and good maintenance.
Since your hardwood floor must withstand unforgiving daily abuse, it is important to choose hardwood species with a high ranking on the hardness scale. This ensures that dents and scratches are more difficult to inflict upon your planks. Light colored floors are more forgiving with dirt, marks and prints, and work well in hiding dust. Hand-scraped or distressed floors take these camouflaging qualities a step further. Finally, several layers of a high-quality finish can create a solid barrier that does not allow the damage to get to the wood.
In fact, this top protective layer is the key to long-lasting, beautiful hardwood floors. As long as the finish layer is kept in good shape, your planks remain intact and your wallet safe. A regular buff and coat maintenance routine is the secret to a strong and efficient top coat. Through buffing and coating, the old protective layer is removed and replaced with a few new coats of finish. All the superficial damages stop then at the level of this top layer, while the wood underneath is not affected.
If periodic buffing and coating is part of your preventive maintenance routine, and the wood planks are not damaged, there is usually no need to refinish or replace the floors when they cease to look fresh. A few new coats of finish will make them look like new, extend their lifespan and spare your money from more expensive repairs. We estimate that, with a well-planned buff and coat routine, you can save up to 50 percent of the cost of a full refinishing job that involves work-intensive sanding and staining.
Here are some more advantages that make hardwood floors a great choice for commercial venues. If wood damage is restricted to one area, it is possible to replace only the affected planks without the need for a full repair. Finally, wood medallions and inlays can create stunning displays of beauty and craftsmanship and give your business an unforgettable face to the public. At Royal Wood Floors, we can help you find the best solution for your specific commercial location and give you the wood floors of your dreams.