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3 Flooring Choices to improve Home Accessibility

14th October

Thinking about your next home renovation?

Apart from aesthetics, accessibility is a vital thing to consider before you embark on your interior design journey. Safety and easy mobility should be at the forefront of your mind when you decide what type of flooring is right for your home.

To make the most out of your living space, you should also consider the durability, uniformity and the grip of your flooring to ensure it will compliment your room and will meet your suitability requirements.

While there are a wide range of flooring options for people with reduced mobility such as wheelchair users, it’s important to do some prior research, compare the floor types and discover which ones can withstand the test of time. Luckily, we’ve done the research and we’ve featured the most popular flooring choices that will improve your home accessibility:

Ceramic Tiles

Ceramic tiles are highly durable and a great flooring choice as they won’t dent under a wheelchair. Recent reports show that the ideal title size is 2 inches squares as there are enough grout lines to improve traction and provide a better grip for wheels.

We recommend using smaller tiles for damp areas such as the kitchen or bathroom, considering that large tiles can quickly become slippery and be a problem for people with limited mobility.

Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring provides a stable surface that caters for wheelchair users and for people with limited mobility. Popular for its resistance to wear and tear after long periods of time and for its low maintenance, laminate flooring is an excellent choice that looks authentic and visually appealing.

In addition, laminate is a very affordable flooring choice so you won’t have to break the bank to have a high-quality floor in your home.

  1. Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT)

An increasingly popular choice, Luxury Vinyl Tiles are a type of modular vinyl flooring that are more durable than natural wood or stone flooring. LVTs are also waterproof, stainproof and have sound-reducing benefits, making the flooring much quieter to walk on than wood or stone.

LVT’s are made by tightly compressing five thin layers together. The bottom three layers consist of stabilising sheets of fibreglass, impact-resistant layers and moisture backing layers.

Additionally, higher quality vinyl tiles are non-slip and easy to maintain, which makes it a good and safe floor for the elderly.

When looking at accessible flooring, keep in mind that the flooring should be easy to maintain, durable and should promote easy manoeuvrability for disabled users. Regardless of your needs, we believe that having an accessible floor shouldn’t be a hassle and we’re here to support you every step of the way.

Our team of specialists can provide you with tailored advice and help you find the perfect flooring that will make your home more accessible. Contact us today and let’s talk about your next flooring project.

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