Residential vs. Commercial Wood Flooring

While not always the case in every industry, it’s reasonable to assume that, in a commercial environment, there may be an increased need for moisture resistance. Wood flooring can be adversely impacted by the presence of moisture. Though there are some moisture hot spots in the average home, such as the kitchen and bathroom, there could be a greater chance for moisture exposure in a commercial environment. Therefore, many types of commercial wood flooring feature advanced moisture resistance when compared to their residential counterparts.


Because of the increased need for more durability, wear resistance, and moisture resistance, it’s not hard to see why commercial-grade wood flooring commands a higher price than comparable residential wood flooring. That’s because, to create those beneficial characteristics, commercial flooring must be made of superior materials that result in higher cost. That said, commercial floors can be expected to last roughly twice as long as residential flooring, so the additional up-front cost is mitigated somewhat over the extended life span of commercial flooring.

Before beginning a commercial or residential flooring project, make sure you understand the differences between residential and commercial wood flooring. To learn more, contact External link opens in new tab or windowAtlanta Floor One at (404) 578-0926.