Floor Finishes: Hardwood

Hardwood is one of the most elegant flooring options available for your office.

That can mean it’s expensive, but it’s usually well worth the initial outlay. Polished hardwood floors exude class and have a great effect on your business’ presentation.

We’ve dissected the positives and the negatives below.



Hardwood is an extremely durable material.

Whether it be oak, walnut or beech, hardwood lasts years. Many buildings over a hundred years old still hold their original hardwood floors – a testament to this materials longevity.

If you’re considering hardwood as part of your office design, you’ll be sure to get a durable, long lasting result.


Hardwood is a dynamic flooring option, as you can sand and stain the wood to suit the colour or shade that best goes with your office design.

There are a variety of types of hardwood floor available, with styles to suit every look.


Hardwood floors exude class.

An office with hardwood floors will tend to look more professional, with hardwood incorporated into much executive and high-end office design.

By installing a hardwood floor, you’re making a statement.

Easy to Maintain

As long as they’re properly sealed and polished, hardwood planks are easy to maintain.

It’s a simple case of vacuum, sweep and mop. It also helps to make sure you have anti-scratch pads on the bottom of your furniture, and clean up spills immediately.

This prevents scratches and water damage.


Vulnerable to Moisture

As it is wood, this floor type is more vulnerable to moisture.

If water seeps into the hardwood planks, they can expand, discolour and crack. For this reason, it’s imperative to clean up spills right away.

Otherwise, this damage can be difficult and costly to repair.


Hardwood is usually the most expensive flooring option when it comes to office design.

It’s expensive to buy, and maintenance is generally pricier than with other floor finishes – hardwood needs to be sanded and refinished roughly every 5 years.

For some businesses, this can be an unaffordable option.


Noise tends to bounce off hardwood, due to the dense nature of the material.

Furthermore, footfalls on hardwood can be quite loud, particularly if your staff are wearing heels or hard soled shoes – something to consider when designing your office.

In a commercial environment, this noise can become a distraction for your workers.

Dints and Scratches

Hardwood can be prone to dints and scratches, even when it’s sealed and polished.

In a busy office environment where you can expect a heavy flow of foot traffic, hardwood can be susceptible to surface damage.

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