The café (or any area in a church building that allows for fellowship) is another of those key spaces that lead to a great first impression on all who enter. Since food, coffee, and other drinks are usually an integral part of these areas, the flooring choices made for them needs to be both attractive and easy to clean. Here are some of the best café flooring products to consider in your church design.
Budget-Friendly Luxury Vinyl Tile
One of the most popular and budget-friendly flooring options for café areas is Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT). As the name implies, it’s a vinyl product, but with advanced printing technology, it can be made to look like other materials, wood planks, for example. The cost-effectiveness of LVT does not compromise its quality, making it an excellent choice for budget- conscious churches. However, it’s important to note that LVT can gouge if subjected to chair-drags or heavy furniture without glides. Despite this, for normal use, it provides durability and a quieter ambiance compared to the next option, porcelain tiles. This photo showcases a woodgrain LVT in a café space, demonstrating its aesthetic appeal and practicality.
Upgrade with Porcelain Tile
Porcelain tile presents another versatile choice for café flooring. With a variety of options in terms of sizes, shapes, and designs, porcelain tile allows for creative and customized flooring solutions. Woodland porcelain tiles, available in planks, offer a wood look with the durability and hardness of porcelain. Its larger 12” x 24” size also reduces grout lines and simplifies maintenance. Grout lines do collect dirt, so be sure to keep this in mind. The photo of wood- look porcelain tile illustrates the aesthetic possibilities of incorporating this kind of flooring in café spaces.
Polished Concrete is Another Great Option
For a modern and sleek appearance, polished concrete has gained popularity in interior church spaces. The featured image showcases colored and polished concrete in a café setting, providing a sheen without the need for a topcoat like wax. The grinding process used in polishing concrete ensures a long-lasting and low-maintenance flooring solution. Church leaders considering concrete should keep in mind that it’s a natural product, meaning patterns may not be completely uniform, and cracks may appear over time. Embracing these natural characteristics can add character to the space, and patching may draw more attention than leaving the cracks untouched.
Each of these café flooring options offers unique advantages, allowing church leaders to tailor the design to the specific needs and budget of their church building. To explore more insights on church design and building, we invite you to join any or all our upcoming i3 webinars. See this year’s topics and sign up on our website.