Hi,
We are opening our first shop later in Decemeber in a brand new space(just building now) and are trying to come up with some flooring options. We are on a budget - but I guess who isn't? and I'd love to hear of any tips for flooring in a coffee house. We are looking for warm, inviting..not industrial. Has anyone heard of Kinetic tile or Kinetic flooring? Apparently is an energy returning tile that might be great behind the counter? Anyway, any help would be fantastic!

Rob

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I'd love to see the replies to this as well. Our architect is trying o convince me that the best thing for our floors is a commercial grade vinyl. It comes in an assortment of looks. Only a few of the faux woods look real, the stone designs were more believable (like the marble).

What's on your floors?
I'm looking at putting recycled wood flooring down. Its stuff that's been pulled from old barns and other buildings that have been torn down. Its been reprocessed and retains a lot of its worn character. Not the cheapest stuff on the block however.
Thanks for the reply Denise. We don't have floors yet so I'm able to do some research right now before I commit. I'd love to hear what other owners have on their floors. I'm leaning toward a faux wood look since I love the look of plank flooring..but only if it looks and feels good. Anyone got some cheap plank flooring? :)

Denise Smith said:
I'd love to see the replies to this as well. Our architect is trying o convince me that the best thing for our floors is a commercial grade vinyl. It comes in an assortment of looks. Only a few of the faux woods look real, the stone designs were more believable (like the marble).

What's on your floors?
Thanks Trevor. I love that look, but like you said, it's not cheap. Maybe I need to find a barn about to fall down and make an offer?

Trevor said:
I'm looking at putting recycled wood flooring down. Its stuff that's been pulled from old barns and other buildings that have been torn down. Its been reprocessed and retains a lot of its worn character. Not the cheapest stuff on the block however.
Hey Rob, find a big enough barn and I'll go in on it with ya.

Rob said:
Thanks Trevor. I love that look, but like you said, it's not cheap. Maybe I need to find a barn about to fall down and make an offer?

Trevor said:
I'm looking at putting recycled wood flooring down. Its stuff that's been pulled from old barns and other buildings that have been torn down. Its been reprocessed and retains a lot of its worn character. Not the cheapest stuff on the block however.
Perfect, I'll let you know if I find anything...though my Honda might make transporting the boards a bit slow...

Trevor said:
Hey Rob, find a big enough barn and I'll go in on it with ya.

Rob said:
Thanks Trevor. I love that look, but like you said, it's not cheap. Maybe I need to find a barn about to fall down and make an offer?

Trevor said:
I'm looking at putting recycled wood flooring down. Its stuff that's been pulled from old barns and other buildings that have been torn down. Its been reprocessed and retains a lot of its worn character. Not the cheapest stuff on the block however.
One option to consider is concrete. There are so many unique treatments for concrete these days. It can look like almost anything and lasts forever. I'm considering it for my shop opening later this year as well. Look here for some examples of what I'm talking about. http://www.concretenetwork.com/concrete/interiorfloors/
Thanks Adrian,

I've thought about concrete but isn't it hard to stand on all day long? Thinking of myself and staff here...
Some cool examples on that site though.



Adrian Badger said:
One option to consider is concrete. There are so many unique treatments for concrete these days. It can look like almost anything and lasts forever. I'm considering it for my shop opening later this year as well. Look here for some examples of what I'm talking about. http://www.concretenetwork.com/concrete/interiorfloors/
You will definitely want two different floorings: one for your public areas, one for behind the counters. Even if you just use mats behind the counter, you need it to be easy to clean and meet your local health codes. I wouldn't go to the expense of having an expensive, attractive flooring behind the counter... save that for other things! Good luck!
Hey Rob,
You may want to consider a laminate floor material or some of the options from Ikea. They have flooring that starts around $1.25 per square foot, and although it won't wear as well as linoleum or concrete, to be sure, it is a small fraction of the price and comes in tons of natural finishes, like bamboo, hardwoods, or cork. You might also be able to finish it with a polyurethane to harden it- (this is a guess, though.)
The laminate in general sits on a pad which both offers spring for the step and insulation.
Thanks Tim! I'll be marching down to Ikea tomorrow for a look. I hadn't even thought of them. Thankfully not having a floor yet allows me the time to shop!

Tim Noble said:
Hey Rob,
You may want to consider a laminate floor material or some of the options from Ikea. They have flooring that starts around $1.25 per square foot, and although it won't wear as well as linoleum or concrete, to be sure, it is a small fraction of the price and comes in tons of natural finishes, like bamboo, hardwoods, or cork. You might also be able to finish it with a polyurethane to harden it- (this is a guess, though.)
The laminate in general sits on a pad which both offers spring for the step and insulation.
we loved the stained concrete in our shop. it was beautiful and easy to clean. We used mats behind the counters, anyway. Actually, I think we had vinyll back there, and it wasn't the greatest.

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