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INTERIORS – FLOORING
purpose of the floor? Materiality is definitely an aspect that
requires thorough assessment, because once flooring
is installed and the space is operating, it is not an easy
process to remove and replace it. When considering the
surface choice, we also need to consider the slip rating
performance. Obviously, in a bar and restaurant set-
up, patron safety and usage is of utmost importance.
The tendency to slip is extremely high. Fortunately,
manufacturers have adapted to changes in building
regulations, and we are now seeing products that possess
both aesthetic and practical attributes. Terrazzo and
exposed concrete flooring, for example, have a decent slip
rating, as well as porcelain tiles that have the tactility of
timber planks. Larger sheets of thinly engineered tiles from
Europe, which give a seamless look, can be used. These
look immaculate, but not all installers can lay them down
perfectly – this may require a bit more research.
DURABILITY AND MAINTENANCE
Hopefully for your business, hundreds of thousands of
people will walk over your floor. The downside is that
your floor will be put to the test – yes, the pretty one
you’ve just spent a lot of money on. Suppliers will sell you
whatever they want to offload from their shelves and, as
business operators and designers, we need to question
ourselves and practice a bit of foresight. I always start the
conversation with my suppliers on cleaning processes, wear
and tear, and warranties. A wrong choice might cause your
premises to age prematurely.
Porcelain tiles, though resilient and seemingly bulletproof,
do stain and mark easily – be mindful of this. Natural timber
floors provide a sense of warmth, but different types of timber
react differently to liquids and high temperatures (hence the
availability of engineered timber boards). Also think about
what the flooring is resting on, and how that may impact the
finish and life span of the product. The most important thing
to consider is how to ensure the longevity of your flooring.
Flooring options that look good don’t always last a long
time, and can take months before stock is available. It’s a
good idea to start a conversation with your suppliers during
the early stage of design. Negotiate time lines and costs for
client approvals who, in most cases, will be happy to pay a
deposit in advance.
Picking something that is readily available is the natural safe
bet, but if you are willing to invest in a bit of constructional
forward planning, you are going to end up with a product
that will give you the best value for money in the long term.
COMPLIANCE AND CODES
Be mindful that there are codes of compliance when
selecting floor finishes for different parts of the premises.
Front of house, back of house and sanitary facilities each
have their own requirements when it comes to slip rating.
Consult your sales representatives. Timber, tiles, vinyl, in
situ flooring, et cetera should achieve at least minimum
ratings. Suppliers and installers should provide you with
technical data and a compliance letter.
THE LATEST FLOORING TRENDS
Trends come and go. Architects and designers tend to
specify ‘what’s hot’. The current trend is terrazzo tiles.
Like exposed concrete a decade or two ago, terrazzos are
viewed as being tasteful and timeless.
Bricks and terracotta are also great options for flooring. This
is mainly because there is a wide range of colours available,
and the material is authentic. Obviously, terracotta may not
be suitable for a typical club, but its versatility as an indoor
and outdoor product makes it incredibly attractive. It is not
favourable in wet and oily environments, but definitely worth
considering as a featured part of a space.
Timbers should also be favoured due to the warmth they
give and their natural tones. Different species and cuts from
the trees allow us to achieve different looks through pattern,
texture and colour. Timber is an incredibly versatile material
suitable for a wide range of spaces.
Keep these factors in mind, and you will have a beautiful,
durable floor for your venue. C&PM
TRENDS COME AND
GO. ARCHITECTS AND
DESIGNERS TEND TO
SPECIFY ‘WHAT’S HOT’.
THE CURRENT TREND
IS TERRAZZO TILES. LIKE
EXPOSED CONCRETE A
DECADE OR TWO AGO,
TERRAZZOS ARE VIEWED
AS BEING TASTEFUL AND
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