Non Slip Flooring Tips
Did you know that there are disability-friendly floor options and non slip floor sealers that can reduce your chances of slipping and falling? People who suffer from stiff or aching joints due to illness or injury will be able to walk easier on a slip-resistant surface. Carpet, cork, and rubber flooring are all ideal for most people who have difficulty walking, suffer from arthritis or rheumatism, and even for toddlers just learning to walk.
A report from Cambridge University indicates that 1 out every 3 people over the age of 65 falls at least once a year. The majority of these accidents were caused by a slip, and some even resulted in death. While some situations are unavoidable, there are ways in which you can make your home safer and more disability-friendly.
When shopping for slip resistant flooring, keep in mind that it needs to allow for some slippage. Flooring with too much slip-resistance can limit natural strides and cause tripping. Carpet that is installed improperly can bunch up and wrinkle over time, making walking difficult. Hire a professional who can install your flooring the right way to help you avoid these harmful mishaps. To find a floor installer in your area, use our Find It Locally search directory, which you can access from every page of this website.
Non slip floor options:
- Foam Mats
- Abrasive vinyl
- Rubberized tiles
Abrasive vinyl is installed by welding vinyl pieces together and securing it to the floor surface. The result is a versatile and durable surface that has few to no seams. With seamless flooring you have less chance of dust and other unwanted allergens collecting and polluting your indoor air, which means less cleaning and sniffling for you. Available in a wide variety of colors and designs, it can be integrated with most home décor.
Rubber flooring offers a more extensive selection of textures and patterns than most non-slip floor types. While some cleaning products can affect the surface of abrasive vinyl and make it slippery, rubber flooring remains relatively unaffected by liquid and cleaners. Hospitals and other facilities that care for the sick and elderly use rubber tiles as they are one of the most cost-effective, disability-friendly floors on the market. Rubber works well on a flat surface, ramp or sloped floor.