Flowcrete’s Flooring Advice for the Hotel Industry
10 Oct 2016
The hotel industry in India is going through a remarkable period of growth, with the India Brand Equity Foundation estimating that over 7.1 million foreign tourists arrived during 2015 and the World Tourism Organisation is expecting foreign tourist arrivals to reach 15.3 million by 2025!
With this visitor boom on the horizon, the nation’s hotel industry needs to ensure that it will be able to provide a sufficient number of high quality facilities in order to meet the impending demand.
One of the key design aspects that developers planning a new hotel or looking to refurbish an existing one need to take into consideration is the choice of flooring – as getting it wrong could mean being stuck with a failing floor that undermines the visual, hygiene and safety standards of the hotel.
There are several factors to carefully analyse when going through a hotel’s flooring specification process, with the main priorities being design, functionality and budget. Each part of a hotel will require different flooring properties so a one-size-fits-all approach cannot be taken throughout a hotel complex.
Flowcrete India has compiled the following flooring advice to help architects and designers understand the various flooring issues in each hotel zone:
Lobby and Reception Areas: A customer’s first impression is formed the moment they step foot inside a hotel and therefore the reception area needs to ensure that the first impression is always of an inviting, clean and attractive space. It is critical to install a decorative floor that can withstand constant foot traffic as well as pressure from bulky luggage trolleys, heavy furniture and the strains of daily use. Robust epoxy systems such as the seamless resin terrazzo range Mondéco or the decorative epoxy quartz system Peran STB are ideal for such areas.
Kitchens, Bars and Restaurants: Food handling areas need floors that are easy to clean and that minimise the risk of contamination build up. Central to this is maintaining a seamless and impervious finish in the face of corrosive food byproducts, thermal shock and aggressive cleaning chemicals. Consider using thick, chemical resistant polyurethane floors in such areas - Flowcrete India’s Flowfresh range for example has been specifically formulated for food and beverage locations.
Guest rooms: This is where the patron needs to feel at home and be able to relax. The interior design should emphasise this atmosphere and the flooring in particular needs to resist dust, maintain the indoor air quality, repel stains, dirt and scuffmarks while making it easy for the housekeeping staff to keep the rooms clean. Smooth epoxy finishes are a useful, long lasting alternative to the traditional carpets, tiles or wood used in hotel guest rooms.
Indoor and Outdoor Pool Decks: Pool decks can be slippery areas, which if left unaccounted for will likely lead to painful and costly accidents. To minimise this risk the flooring should have enhanced slip resistant properties and it needs to be easy for the staff to remove excess liquid. Systems such as Rustik UV, which consists of natural stones encapsulated in a clear aliphatic, UV stable polyurethane resin meets these requirements and creates an attractive, gravel effect finish.
Alongside these several hotel zones there are a long list of areas where it is important to thoroughly analyse the demands that will be placed on the floor area prior to discussing the best flooring option with the supplier and applicator. For example, loading areas, laundry rooms, recreation centres, business spaces, wet areas and cold storage rooms will all place specific challenges on the floor finish which could easily cause an insufficient surface to fail.
The increasing levels of visitors bound for India’s cities and tourist attractions means that not only will the nation’s hotels need to be able to provide more accommodation, but they will also be operating in a busier sector, with more competition and higher expectations.
Easy to maintain floors that present a high-end, on-brand image are a must for busy hotel facilities. Resin flooring meets these aesthetic and functional demands and its long-life span means that venues don’t have to worry about the cost of frequent repairs or an early refurbishment.
To find out more about choosing the best floor finishes for a hotel, talk to Flowcrete India’s resin flooring experts today by calling +91 44 42029831 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Notes to Editors
Flowcrete India has offices in Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai and New Delhi and is one of the four divisions that make up Flowcrete Group Ltd.
Flowcrete Group Ltd. is a world leader in the manufacture of seamless industrial and commercial resin floor, wall and coving solutions as well as other specialist coating technologies. Flowcrete Group Ltd. has international manufacturing facilities in Europe and Africa as well as Central and South East Asia.
Flowcrete supplies world-class seamless flooring solutions to transform environments across the globe including; decorative seamless resins, waterproof car park deck coating systems, seamless resin terrazzo, durable antimicrobial flooring, fast curing systems, corrosion protection and self-levelling underlayments.
Flowcrete's ambitious and dedicated team, led by President Craig Brookes, is inspired by excellence in people, products and service as well as continual innovation and sustainable growth. Flowcrete continues to use its global expertise to introduce environmentally friendly, hygienic and aesthetically attractive floors to create a better and more sustainable world.