Why LVT is a First-Class Choice for Airport Flooring

The Best Options for Airport Flooring

Design: CGLS Architects | Photo: Fred Gerlich

An airport renovation or design is a massive undertaking with square-footage in the thousands and people who use it in the millions. While most airport visitors are just passing through, the space also serves as a welcome center for each city and region.

With many airlines updating their gate and lounge areas to promote a home-like atmosphere, customer comfort and satisfaction are of the utmost importance. To make these high-traffic areas more inviting, designers are turning to wood look luxury vinyl flooring options to create that home-like atmosphere.

No matter the design palette, an airport setting requires flooring that is both aesthetically-pleasing and durable: qualities achievable with luxury vinyl. LVT is ideal for many areas of airport flooring including:

  • Gates
  • Lounges
  • Restaurants/bars
  • Coffee shops
  • Food courts
  • Retail spaces
  • Internal office spaces

Commercial-grade durability paired with unparalleled design options makes LVT the ideal option for airport flooring. Here’s why:

Why is LVT the Best Option for Airport Flooring

Durability

Airports get more around-the-clock traffic than anywhere else in the world. Approximately eight million travelers take off and land on a daily basis, and that number is expected to grow. With so many travelers running from terminal to terminal, to catch their flights or grabbing a quick bite to eat during a layover, airport flooring requires a high level of durability.

In high-traffic settings like an airport, luxury vinyl is an ideal choice for flooring. Travelers, and their rolling luggage, are constantly putting airport flooring under constant wear, making durability of the utmost importance.

One of the reasons LVT is a durable option for commercial settings is due to the manufacturing processes used to make it. Our luxury vinyl is constructed using a unique heat-infused technology, known as the hot press method, which fuses together multiple layers of backing for a tighter bond all around that, in the end, creates stable and ultra-durable airport flooring.

Maintenance

Maintenance must also be considered when looking for airport flooring options. Airport custodial staff is expected keep up with the volume of travelers and the mess they can sometimes leave behind. Airport dining areas and gates or lounges are all expected to be kept clean for travelers. Maintenance is minimal with LVT compared to other airport flooring options.

Cleaning LVT flooring is simple and time efficient — dry sweeping or mopping using a two-bucket system. In high-traffic dining areas subjected to food and beverage spills, LVT is not only easy to clean, but naturally water, scratch, stain, and scuff resistant. Historically, airport flooring design includes carpet in areas like the gates or lounges, but travelers often are eating and drinking there, so having an easy-to-clean floor is important.

Any flooring that experiences the high level of foot traffic will undoubtedly sustain some wear. This is why selecting the right type of flooring is crucial. LVT is both durable and versatile, meaning it can withstand most wear issues or can be easily replaced tile-by-tile if ever needed.

This ease in repair means there won’t be a need to close or cordon off spaces for upkeep — an important consideration since airports are essentially open all year long, 24 hours a day and seven days a week. With travelers on the go, oftentimes running to catch their connecting flights, it is imperative to choose a flooring product with minimal maintenance.

Aesthetics

LVT is a great airport floor choice for practical reasons — durability, stability and ease-of-maintenance — it is also an ideal choice thanks to its countless design options. With travelers often spending extended periods of time at the airport, choosing a flooring option that is aesthetically pleasing is important to consider. Though an airport space is immense, that doesn’t mean it cannot be made to feel welcoming and comfortable.

LVT can be used to mimic the look of other flooring, like wood, tile and stone, at a fraction of the cost. It can also be completely unique, incorporating different textures and tones to create an entirely new look, all while meeting the durability standards of airport flooring.

When choosing your airport flooring and overall design, consider incorporating home-like elements that make people feel more comfortable – natural wood and warm colors. This trend, known as resimercial design, is growing in the commercial industry.

To give continuity to your design, consider designs for the wall that pair well with the flooring. In fact, LVT can be used on wall applications, whether creating a feature wall in a lounge or a bar façade in an airport restaurant. We even offer a line of plank designs from our Avara Luxury Vinyl Floor & Wall collection that are Class A fire rated.

At Parterre, we have been helping designers get inspired and find the right flooring solutions for their commercial projects. To learn more about airport flooring or our products, please feel free to contact us.