While hardwood flooring isn’t always thought of for commercial flooring, there are many cases in which it is the ideal choice. If you are looking for a “wow” factor to impress customers or clients, you can’t go wrong with several of the wood species that are available. The question then becomes whether to go with an engineered product or a solid hardwood.
There are advantages with each type of hardwood flooring, so it is best to work with a professional flooring company when making your selection. They will be able to assess the situation and advise you whether you should consider engineered flooring for its superior moisture resistance and lower price or solid hardwood for its strength and ability to be refinished more times.
It isn’t just looking at the price point differences and advantages of these two types of hardwood. You will also need to consider the wood species, as some are harder than others. If you are planning hardwood for the commercial flooring for a hallway or lobby where there will be more foot traffic, you should be careful not to go with a soft hardwood. Hardwood floor hardness is rated using the Janka hardness test. Some of the hardest hardwoods include IPE, Brazilian cherry, Santos mahogany, hickory, American sapele, and hard maple. You should steer clear of softer ones such as balsa, pine, hemlock, fir, cedar, and American cherry for most commercial flooring applications.
Here at University Flooring Center, we offer a wide variety of commercial flooring options, including hardwood, tile, vinyl, and carpet. Many of these materials have options that are rated for commercial use. You can count on our attention to detail and experience to provide you with assistance during selection and for the best installation results. Contact us today to learn more.