Wood flooring: Is it durable enough for commercial use?
The short answer is, “Yes absolutely”. In fact, when maintained properly, not only can wood floors last longer than most other options in commercial settings, real hardwood has numerous additional advantages as well—making it a more sustainable and economic choice.
Hardwood flooring is an excellent solution for both residential and commercial, moderate-to-heavy use areas. They feel elegant and inviting, are easy to install, simple to clean, and can actually improve indoor air quality. Compared to vinyl or tile, wood flooring is more environmentally-friendly to produce and is also biodegradable; where vinyl is not.
Hardwood is extremely durable and able to withstand a large amount of foot traffic. As an example, the Copenhagen Airport in Denmark has had wood flooring since the 1960s. Over fifty years on, with nearly 23 million passengers annually, they still look amazing.
Even in the most demanding locations, given adequate care wood floors can last for generations.
“Copenhagen Airport in Denmark has had wood flooring since the 1960s. Over fifty years on, with nearly 23 million passengers annually, they still look amazing.”
It’s worth it to compare.
It may seem like you are saving money by choosing a cheaper flooring. But it is worth it to evaluate the long-term when comparing between wood and other options. What many do not consider in the lifecycle of a flooring material is maintenance. Here is where wood outperforms all the rest. A study conducted by Parsons School of Design found that in just a 15 year period alone hardwood had already paid for itself. In some cases, as with vinyl composite, the long-term costs to maintain were significantly higher.
The obvious benefit of wood flooring, apart from looks, is its ability to be refinished time and time again—where all other types of floors must be replaced.
The right tools for the job.
Allwood flooring can stay looking beautiful in high-traffic areas for generations, it just takes following a few simple steps and using the right materials. We recommend Pallmann® wood flooring cleaners and coatings for commercial installations.
Together with our friends at Pallmann, we’ve create a list of recommended products and have developed a Commercial Maintenance Schedule you can use to keep Allwood floors clean and protected.
An ounce of prevention.
The old adage is certainly true when it comes to wood flooring. Given good care and proper attention, wood flooring will keep looking great for decades. It is durable, sustainable, renewable, and—best of all—beautiful.
You can learn more about Pallmann and the products mentioned here, and get detailed information on how to use them when you visit their website at: www.us.pallmann.net. For more on the wide array of both hardwood and bamboo colors and styles Allwood offers visit our catalog or our Allwood Cares page, and find out why—with Allwood: the floor you choose can make a difference.