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disability–friendly floors – stone flooring

Stone Flooring

Flooring Type - Stone

Certain types of stone floors can accommodate the movement of both wheelchair users and people with joint trouble. The more porous stone types, such as limestone and sandstone, may be textured enough to reduce slippage while still providing an even surface for wheelchair travel.

Pros

  • Durable stone floor types are available
  • Minimal upkeep required to keep most stone floors looking new (compared to floors such as carpet and hardwood)
  • Antimicrobial properties help stone to discourage mold growth
  • When properly sealed, stone floors are moisture resistant

Cons

  • Some stone floor types can be slippery
  • Grout may stain when exposed to dirt and liquid
  • Can amplify sound and footsteps
  • Hard surface can be unforgiving on joints
  • Unsealed stone floors may damage from spills or standing water

Disability–Friendly Flooring Tips – Stone Flooring

  • Have grout properly sealed
  • Choose a darker grout to help disguise stains
  • Protect your subfloor with a moisture barrier or underlayment such as cork or foam rubber
  • Choose textured stone floors to help reduce slippage (such as sandstone and travertine)

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