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Hardwood Damage in Commercial Spaces

Lots of Foot Traffic? Don’t Choose Hardwood
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Ken's Quick Answer:

We love hardwood. But Ken’s recent visit to his doctor confirmed it’s not for everyone. If you have pets or expect lots of foot traffic—particularly in commercial spaces—consider a laminate or luxury vinyl floor.

Ken's In-Depth Answer:

I was going to the doctor the other day. The doctor happened to have his office in an old house that had hardwood floors. Boy—those floors looked like a mess. See the photo below and survey the damage for yourself...

Closeup of hardwood flooring damage in a commercial space

Sure, he can go and have the floor refinished. But here's the problem: The same thing is going to happen again.

Hardwood is a beautiful flooring choice, but if there's too much foot traffic, especially in a commercial situation, it can get scratched, scuffed, damaged and discolored.

Remember, there are limits to maintaining the appearance of a hardwood floor. In some situations, it might make sense to go with a vinyl plank or laminate product. These floors are easier to maintain and will show less wear and tear. Certainly, in my doctor's office, it would have made a difference.

If you have any questions about when to choose hardwood floors, give us a call at 401-214-0285 or visit our showroom. We serve customers throughout Rhode Island and southeastern New England, including Newport, Middletown, Jamestown, Portsmouth, Bristol and more.

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About Ken: Ken Fain is the co-owner of Island Carpet in Middletown, RI and a floorcovering veteran of more than 40 years. His popular 'Ask Ken' video series answers common flooring questions on a variety of topics. It has reached thousands of viewers on both YouTube and Facebook.

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