Are you renovating a home with accessible needs? Accessible homes are prominently designed to aid those with limited mobility but also consider other disabilities like blindness, deafness and those with hidden disabilities. Smooth, hard surfaces are usually the best to navigate for people with mobility issues. Here at First Floors, we want to make sure you’re flooring needs are suited to your lifestyle, so here’s some tips on how to choose the flooring that is right for you. 

 

1.Solid or engineered hardwood floors

Hardwood is one of the best choices, which have advantages over other types of flooring that suit handicapped accessibility. Although Hardwood is easily maintained, this flooring option can be refinished if it gets scuffed, which is common when using wheelchairs or walkers. However, you can also consider the flooring as a hand-scraped or distressed finish which can prevent the look of scuffing, but can also help prevent a slippery surface.  

 

2.Luxury Vinyl Tile

LVT or planks is an affordable alternative to Hardwood flooring as it has many of the same benefits. One important factor to consider is that these can not be resurfaced or refinished like hardwood floors so over time, wheelchairs or walkers can cause some damage. Consider a brand like Quick-Step, who offer a durable vinyl flooring and can be replaced relatively easily.

 

Flooring To Avoid

Any type of flooring that has a soft cushion is very difficult to maneuver in a wheelchair or walker. You might find that you feel carpets create a more comfortable atmosphere, however these should be kept for bedrooms and low traffic areas. If you have to use carpet, a low pile is usually better. Make sure this is thin and dense for wearing purposes. Linoleum and cork coverings should also be avoided, as these can be very easily scuffed and marked. 

Do you have questions for our team about accessibility flooring? Get in touch with our flooring experts on 0141 638 0968

 


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Gavin Reid 18/08/20

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We recently had First Floors install laminate flooring in our lounge and hallway and are absolutely delighted with the final result! It has been finished to a high standard with great attention to detail.

Having had a rough idea of what we were looking for, David helped find the perfect flooring for both rooms.

We were booked in quickly and kept informed throughout the process.

We would definitely recommend and use again.

Christine Sharp 23/08/20

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Wee have recently had a new laminate floor laid in our upstairs hall. We are very happy with the result and feel the level of workmanship and finishing detail was excellent

Chris Milne 30/08.20

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Excellent service from first point of contact. Staff took time to discuss and review options, then worked to suitable timescale based around my schedule.
Work completed on time and to a very high standard, delighted with results.

Ainsely Meldrum 10/09/20

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Honestly so chuffed with my new floor. Everyone has been so helpful especially after I ran into issues on my end and had to delay getting my skirting on - everyone I spoke to has been so flexible, the joiner who fit the floor was really pleasant and quick too. Highly recommend!