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How To Choose The Best Hardwood for a Restaurant

If you are considering installing hardwood floors in your restaurant, you will be pleased to know that you have a wide range of options regarding style and functionality.

It’s important that the wood you select must be able to stand up to the daily wear and tear restaurants typically sustain, and you must take other factors, such as safety, ease of installation, physical appearance and durability into consideration.

Not quite sure where to start? No worries. Our team of hardwood flooring experts are here to help. If your restaurant is ready for hardwood, here are some tips to help you choose the best choice for your investment. 

Types of Hardwoods

There is no doubt about it, wood is extremely durable and strong. There are many types of wood products to choose from, including the following:

  • Solid Hardwood – Solid hardwoods can withstand a significant amount of foot traffic, so it is perfect for walkways and dining areas. Unfortunately, solid hardwoods can be impacted by moisture, humidity and temperature fluctuations, and they can also stain easily from food and drink.
  • Engineered Wood – Engineered wood can withstand foot traffic, scratches and occasional dings. It’s also more stable than hardwood, so you won’t have to worry too much about temperature and humidity.
  • Reclaimed Wood – Reclaimed wood is great for high-traffic areas since it already has a distressed look. It can also cover up the damage your floors have already sustained.

The type of flooring you choose should be based on your restaurant’s needs and your priorities.

Design and Appeal

As a restaurant owner, you must also take design into consideration when shopping for hardwood floors. Wood floors can offer a depth of class and sophistication, which is perfect if you run a high-end dining establishment. Darker-colored woods are usually more appropriate for such places.

If you run a more casual dining establishment, you may want to select a lighter wood. Lighter woods are inviting, so they are perfect for restaurants that serve a large number of families and children.


If you want to properly care for your hardwood floors, you will need to choose the right finish. Certain finishes, such as lacquer, provide an additional level of protection against foot traffic and stains. Other finishes, primarily those that are oil-based, seep into the wood and help it maintain its appearance.

Safety and Ease of Installation

When it comes to safety and installation, you will want to choose flooring that is easy to install and keep up. Choose a slip-resistant floor to minimize accidents, as well as one that does not harbor considerable amounts of dirt. If your floors have nails or staples, you will want to ensure they are not capable of popping up and harming customers and staff.

Work With Charlotte’s Best, In Hardwood Flooring 

If you’re ready to install wood floors in your restaurant, you have numerous options available. Get in touch with the experts at Hardwood Giant  online, or call our team directly at (704) 251-7279 to find out more about commercial hardwoods, today!

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