With regard to the type of flooring most suitable for marine use, it is useful to identify the type of vessel upon which it will be installed. Ships intended for passenger transport generally have different requirements than military vessels and offshore platforms.
Whatever the case, the first distinction to be drawn is that between the work areas, the crew areas, and the public areas.
The work areas differ from the public areas in a functional sense, as the former are subject to greater chemical and physical stresses of various types, which require a different level of durability. For both it is necessary to determine the aesthetic requirements, in order to setting the design and any particular decorations or markings required on the flooring.