Retail Hardwood Flooring
In the world of retail, the way your store looks means everything. From the lighting that sets an inviting tone to the wall color that attracts attention, every detail matters. It is for this reason that choosing the right flooring, sheen, stain, and finish is an important decision and can be the difference between a customer walking past or walking in. If you are looking at hardwood as an option you have already taken a step in the right direction. Contact Hardwood Floors Edison so that we can advise you on the best options available for your retail space.
Wooden flooring can create a personality in a room and become a critical part of the story that the room tells. Every facet of wood flooring contributes to the overall look, from the direction of the grain to the hue, sheen, color, and texture. Social research shows that 80% of shoppers spend their time shopping looking down and in general avoiding eye contact, which is why the flooring that you choose is an incredibly important part of your retail store. The flooring in a retail space needs to be able to withstand extremely high foot traffic with little damage incurred as a result. Wood is one of the most durable materials in the market, known for its strength and durability, making it the best option for any retail space.
Nothing should be judged by the cover, however, when it comes to the look in your retail space, the design you choose plays an important role. Your store relies predominantly on its looks to bring customers in and create the experience. When you are looking at hardwood flooring as an option in your retail space, consider the overall look and feel you want for space and choose the wood and color that will best fit that. Consider the grain of the wood and the natural hues each one has. Sheen is another selection, from shiny to matte. Hardwood flooring can also have a stain added to it. If the wood you want is not quite the color you would like, then a stain can be added to create the desired effect.
Safety is important
A retail space sees a lot of people on a day to day basis and the safety of your customers should remain your number one priority. When you consider the safety that your flooring offers, there are a few factors that you will need to consider. The floors you choose must have the ideal amount of friction to prevent your customers from slipping and the surface must not become slick when wet. The main reason that a lot of retail spaces have open lawsuits against them is due to injuries sustained from slips and falls, so this is something that needs to be prevented.
Maintenance and tips
Retail spaces are generally large, which makes installing flooring is a sizeable investment. Keeping up with maintenance is one way to ensure that you stay on top of issues before they occur and safeguard you against replacing your flooring sooner, rather than later. When you conduct maintenance on your floor, there are several things that you can do. Use the correct cleaners on your flooring. Ensure that the flooring is kept clean and that debris is not left to sit on the floor, as when it is moved back and forth by foot traffic, scratches and damage will occur at a much faster rate. Possibly the most important maintenance tip that we can provide you with is to conduct repairs as and when they are needed. Delaying repairs will only cause more severe damage down the line.