What Are The Best Options For Pub Flooring?

If you’re looking to build or renovate your pub, no doubt flooring choice is going to be one of the first issues you will tackle. Hospitality flooring, such as in pubs, clubs and bars, need to be as aesthetically pleasing as they are highly durable. These two factors are of major concern, especially when it comes to pub flooring, where high foot traffic, dirty conditions and ease of maintenance are very important in order to keep the space looking clean and respectable. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of the most suitable options.

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Engineered hardwood, vinyl and carpet are the three most suitable options for pub flooring. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of each.

Engineered Hardwood Floors – Pros and Cons


• Engineered hardwood’s layers are fused together in a cross-grain construction style that makes it far stronger than a single piece of solid wood. A protective top layer veneer adds even further protection, making this highly resilient flooring perfect for high foot traffic areas like in a pub.

Engineered hardwood is less vulnerable to moisture than other flooring types

• Under the right conditions, it can even be installed directly over concrete and below ground level.

• Engineered hardwood can be sanded and refinished multiple times and will therefore outlast most other types of flooring.

• Engineered hardwood is very easy to clean, making it very suitable for pub flooring where it may be subject to dirt, moisture and other kinds of muck that will need to be cleaned on a daily basis.

• Engineered hardwood can provide an affordable alternative to solid hardwood, making it a great choice for those on a tight budget looking for quality flooring.


• Engineered wooden floors may not quite fit the aesthetic brief of how you want your pub to look.

• If you’re planning on using under-floor heating, engineered hardwood will not be suitable.

• Engineered hardwood will not be as durable as resilient flooring options like vinyl, or even tile.

To find out more about engineered hardwood flooring, you can read on here.

Resilient Flooring – Pros and Cons


• The heated welding process when laying vinyl stops dirt particles, moisture and other substances getting trapped between the planks. This is particularly beneficial in pubs where cleaning is a major concern.

• Vinyl is very versatile, offering up wide variety of styles, shapes and finishes, with an enormous scope for designers to be creative.

• Vinyl planks can be finished to resemble anything from stone and wood to tiles or ceramics.

• Vinyl is waterproof and slip resistant.

• Vinyl is very easy to install and is cheaper than many other popular flooring options.


• While vinyl layers with a photographic layer are quite convincing (and are perhaps more suitable for some spaces than other options) they cannot quite match the look of real hardwood or engineered hardwood.

• Vinyl cannot be sanded back.

Read more about resilient flooring here.

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Carpet Flooring – Pros and Cons


• Aesthetically, carpet can be a wonderful addition to a pub space, contributing to the cosy and inviting atmosphere that many pub strives to exude.

• Carpet retains heat far better than wood or vinyl, meaning it will contribute to a warmer space and reduce heating costs.

• Carpets (particularly broadloom types) have a massive scope for creating alluring designs which can greatly contribute to the granduer of a space.

• Newer carpet types can act as a passive air filter, trapping dust and other particles as they fall, ready to vacuumed up easily.

• Carpeted areas are far more slip-resistant than vinyl or hardwood making them a much safer option.

• Carpet have fantastic noise-reduction inherences making them prime for spaces where loud TVs, sound systems or gaming machines make a lot of noise.


• In places with high foot traffic, such as around a busy bar or dance floor, carpet is far more susceptible to damage than hardwood or vinyl.

• Cleaning carpet can prove a massive task and will require professional maintenance which can be costly.

• Carpet is not resistant to moisture like vinyl or hardwood and will absorb stains easily. This can greatly reduce its lifespan.

You can read more about carpet flooring here.

There you have it, three great options for pub flooring, each with their own benefits and drawbacks.

Aussie Flooring Insights works with all major flooring manufacturers to ensure we can find the best products for your unique needs. Give us a call or contact us online if you’re in need of a flooring contractor, and let us help you find your perfect flooring.