The flooring requirements for hospitals and other care facilities are some of the most complicated found in one building setting. These facilities need flooring that reduces noise, always maintains a clean appearance, eliminates slips and falls, and much much more. Choosing the right commercial flooring is a crucial part in creating a quality care setting. While one specific flooring may not fit all the needs of hospital, there are many commercial flooring options that installed in the right manner can check off all the boxes on your buildings’ requirements list.
This is the first space families, patients, and visitors will see. They help your patrons locate services, and they see the heaviest foot traffic and rolling loads. You’ll want a durable, welcoming floor that promotes your design vision and makes a strong first impression. Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) or Terrazzo are going to be two of your best options for this area. Terrazzo is a premium, highly durable option that requires minimal maintenance and lasts for decades. It stands up well to rolling loads, is handicap-friendly and is now available in largely recyclable materials. LVT offers much of the same durability and even more design versatility.
Corridors and Clinical Areas
Corridors are the main arteries of your hospital and see heavy use 24-7, including foot traffic
and heavy rolling loads such as equipment carts, stretchers, med carts and wheelchairs. The flooring in corridors requires rapid installation and must be highly durable to minimize maintenance. Having themed or patterned flooring with lively color can help you create clear paths that identify care areas. Rubber and LVT are two popular hospital flooring options that meet all of these performance requirements. Both save time during installation, as they can come with pre–applied adhesive on the backings. Both rubber and LVT can come with protective coatings that resist scratches and scuffs, reducing maintenance disruptions, labor, water and chemicals. Both come in a variety of textures, colors and patterns.
Emergency and Operating Rooms
Emergency and operating rooms must meet the most strict infection control requirements and remain usable 24-7. You’ll want easy-to-clean materials, smooth or low-texture flooring. LVT, sheet and linoleum are great fits for these environments because they enable the use of heat welding and flash coving during installation, making it possible to create a fully aseptic space. All of these materials can come with coatings that resist chemical staining from medical products and bodily fluids.
In many hospitals, patient rooms are designed to emulate home-like environments. As these rooms do not require aseptic flooring, you have more options for materials, adhesives and installation methods. You have the flexibility to specify warm, inviting flooring with natural textures. LVT, linoleum and sheet tile are great options that provide stone, wood, tweed and other natural looks with more durability at a lower cost than natural materials.
With a multitude of areas integrated into a medical center’s campus, it’s impossible to suggest that a single flooring solution will suffice for the entire facility. At The Floor Care Company, we are dedicated to helping you achieve the greatest value for your flooring investment. For more information about our services and how we can help keep your hospital surfaces up to code, contact us today.