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disability–friendly floors – vinyl flooring

Vinyl Flooring

Flooring Type - Vinyl

Many wheelchair users favor vinyl flooring for its smooth and durable surface. In addition, vinyl flooring is an economical solution for homeowners with disabilities who want something attractive without spending a small fortune. Vinyl is available in prints that imitate hardwood, stone, ceramic tile and many other popular floor types.


  • Easy to maintain
  • Moisture resistant
  • Textured, slip–resistant vinyl available
  • Protective clear vinyl offers a more durable, scratch–resistant surface


  • Contains chemicals such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which is believed to cause asthma– or allergy–like symptoms
  • Some vinyl flooring types can be slippery

Disability–Friendly Flooring Tips – Vinyl Flooring

  • Wipe up spills and remove dirt as often as possible
  • Protect the subfloor with a moisture barrier or underlayment, such as cork or foam rubber
  • Avoid using cleaning products that can make the floor surface slippery