Stylish and durable: Solid wood flooring for commercial buildings sets new standards

In most domestic environments, a wooden floor is the undisputed choice for a warm, natural atmosphere. But what about commercial property? Can solid wood flooring create a stylish ambience while meeting the high demands of commercial environments? The FEEL WOOD team has got to the bottom of this question and presents the advantages and possibilities of solid wood flooring in the contract sector.

Commercial property challenges

Commercial environments place specific demands on floor coverings that need to be both aesthetically pleasing and functionally robust. A floor covering has to look good, last long and withstand heavy use. Solid wood flooring can meet these requirements, provided it meets certain criteria. This includes a selection of very hard, strong and durable woods that have few problems with moisture and are easy to clean and maintain. It is also important that the surface does not show every scratch or stain immediately and that the wear layer is thick enough to be sanded several times.

This makes solid wood flooring a promising option for commercial spaces that require both an aesthetic and a practical solution.

Contract wood species

Not all species are equally suitable for use in the contract sector. This is where characteristics such as durability and resistance are important, and hardwoods are the preferred choice. Oak, for example, is a good choice because it is available locally and does not have to be transported over long distances, which has a positive impact on the environment. Exotic woods, on the other hand, are often particularly robust, but their high cost and the negative environmental impact of transport and deforestation often make their use risky.

For commercial properties, where solid wood floors will sooner or later show signs of wear and tear, it makes sense to choose an environmentally friendly and cost-effective alternative such as oak.

Lacquered or oiled solid wood flooring?

There are many factors to consider when deciding between lacquered and oiled solid wood floors, both in the domestic and commercial sectors. We explain the differences here:

Lacquered solid wood flooring

These surfaces are easy to maintain and are resistant to moisture and stains. However, they are susceptible to scratches, which not only spoil their appearance, but also allow moisture to penetrate and cause damage.

Oiled solid wood flooring

These offer an authentic look and the natural wood texture hides small scratches and imperfections. If necessary, affected areas can be easily renovated by sanding and re-oiling. However, oiled boards require more maintenance as they need to be re-oiled regularly to maintain their protective properties. The protection against stains is less than that of painted surfaces.

Overall, the choice between lacquered and oiled solid wood floors depends on individual requirements and priorities. While lacquered planks are easier to clean and require less maintenance, oiled planks are easier to restore in the event of damage and have a more natural look. Ultimately, the decision should be based on usage, frequency of renovation and desired aesthetics.

Recommended surfaces and colours

Surface texture and colour play a key role in the choice of solid wood flooring for commercial environments. We recommend products with a profile, such as brushed or rough-sawn surfaces, which make scratches and stains less visible than smooth planks. Vintage look floorboards are particularly beneficial as they have a certain patina to them from the outset, hiding real signs of wear and tear.

The choice of wood species also affects the visibility of wear. Rustic surfaces with a pronounced grain can hide scratches and damage better. The colour also plays an important role:

  • Dirt is immediately visible on light-coloured floors. It is less noticeable on brown or grey floors.
  • In the end, the look is a matter of personal choice, but you should refrain from using pure white or black colours, as these tend to accentuate dust and dirt in particular.

In conclusion, solid wood flooring is an excellent choice for commercial applications, provided you take a few important factors into account when making your choice.

Benefits at a glance

  • They are a long-term investment due to their exceptional longevity and durability.
  • It gives a warm and inviting atmosphere to any room with its natural and appealing aesthetics.
  • The high quality workmanship and finish ensure not only aesthetic appeal, but also durability.
  • A popular flooring choice, it lends a timeless elegance to rooms and is an expression of style.
  • Their versatility is reflected in a wide range of designs to meet different design requirements.
  • Thanks to their ability to balance moisture, they contribute to a balanced indoor climate and a comfortable indoor climate.
  • They enhance the interior and create a cosy atmosphere that invites you to linger.

Wooden floors: a centuries-old tradition

Wooden floors have been used for centuries in public and private buildings, including listed buildings. Their timeless beauty and durability make them a popular choice in many buildings.

Solid wood flooring is the best choice if wood flooring is an option. It is durable, hard-wearing and emission-free, making it not only aesthetically pleasing but also sustainable and healthy.

All in all, there is a clear case for giving solid wood flooring a chance in the commercial sector as a stylish and durable flooring option.

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