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disability–friendly floors – concrete flooring

Concrete Flooring

Flooring Type - Concrete

Concrete floors are durable, easy–to–maintain, and allergy–friendly. The surface does not retain heat or cold, which helps to preserve a stable indoor temperature. For a level surface that will not buckle over time or hinder wheelchair travel, choose a concrete surface free from grooves.

Pros

  • Allergy resistant (hypoallergenic)
  • Resists most scratching when properly sealed
  • Will not warp when exposed to climate change or pooling liquid (like hardwood)
  • Discourages mold and bacteria growth (antimicrobial)
  • Generally well suited to wheelchairs

Cons

  • Smooth finishes can make concrete flooring slippery for those who use walkers, canes or crutches
  • Hard surface can be unforgiving on joints and very harsh on a fall

Disability–Friendly Flooring Tips – Concrete Flooring

  • Clean up spills, dirt, and debris immediately to minimize household allergens
  • Install slightly textured concrete floors to reduce slips
  • Liquids containing acids (such as urine and some cleaners) can dull or damage the finish used on concrete floors

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