This means choosing a flooring installation that is level enough to not negatively affect their balance, as well as being slip resistant for maximum traction, to avoid slip and fall injuries from sliding crutches, or walkers, or difficulty gaining purchase with wheelchair wheels.
• Easy Maintenance
• Slip Resistance
• Smooth Transition Between Rooms
• Durable Enough To Hold Up To Wheels, Walkers, And Crutches
Now that we know the qualities that we are looking for, let's examine which materials to use in our residential flooring installation, and how they fulfill these requirements.
Hardwood floors definitely meet the requirement for low maintenance, levelness, and smooth transition. They can also meet the low-polish criteria depending upon your chosen finish. However, they will likely show signs of wear if you don't choose a species that has a high Janka hardness rating.
Hard Maple, White Ash, and Jatoba are just a few possible candidates. Be sure to ask your flooring dealer to see the highest rated wood flooring they have when browsing, and explain why. They should be able to help you find a great looking wood floor with all the qualities you are looking for.
Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) hits all of the marks as far as maintenance, levelness, durability, and transition. It is smooth, but not particularly slippery, making it an all-around solid choice for mobility aid compatibility.
Slip Resistant Tile Flooring
While tile is an excellent choice for any part of the home when squared against the criteria we've laid out, it is almost indispensable in the kitchen and bathroom, and passes the test of all of our criteria with flying colors.
To achieve the best harmony with mobility aids, it is recommended that tiles be no more than 2x2 to maximize traction, and to also ensure the most level surface for wheels. Be sure to ask your salesperson to show you tiles with the highest slip resistance ratings (also known as the coefficient of friction).
Let Us Help!
If you'd like help choosing the best floors to make life easier for your family members with mobility issues, Young Interiors would love to help. We offer free consultations, flooring installation services, and have access to all of the highest-quality materials in the most attractive designs.
Simply call, email, or stop by one of our showroom locations in Myrtle Beach, SC, or Longs, to speak with our staff of knowledgeable flooring professionals.