Choosing hospital flooring

November, 2021

 

Considerations when choosing hospital flooring

 

The key considerations when choosing hospital flooring are always linked to patient wellbeing. So, hygiene, slip risk, and aesthetics all come into play, which makes vinyl one of the most logical choices. It is is easy to clean and maintain, has good anti-static properties to protect sensitive hospital equipment, good sound dampening properties, is durable and also comfortable to walk on. Depending on how it is used, vinyl flooring can also be easy to navigate, and as far as aesthetics go, and the effect that has on patient wellbeing, LVT as with Vinyl Safety Flooring both have a role to play in overall floor plan design.

LVT in Patient Rooms

Luxury Vinyl Tiles can be a great choice for patients’ rooms. The fact that it can be laid to look like wood or stone, can help to make patients feel more comfortable and at home with their surroundings. This can also be an added advantage when considering the requirements of patients with dementia, there are of course many other considerations around this topic however, that need to be taken into account.

Hospitals are often criticised for having a cold, unwelcoming and clinical feel, but this doesn’t have to be the case. A room can be brightened up by switching to a warmer flooring solution. The hardwearing nature of LVT and easy maintenance means you don’t need to compromise on hygiene or durability when creating a warm environment. And, if your preference is a vinyl sheet solution, with an innovative grip technology incorporated, Duraflor have the perfect solution in our Cienna Range, natural wood and stone effect patterns, incorporating great aesthetic qualities into a safety flooring solution.

LVT in Hospital Entrances

Entrances need to be wheelchair / disability friendly and of course well maintained but again aesthetics and first impressions are very important, and can be immensely reassuring. That makes LVT once again the perfect choice. How the entrance is laid out, how welcoming it is, and what the flooring says about the level of care a patient might expect, are all key design considerations.

LVT in the Cafeteria

Within every hospital, you’ll find a cafeteria. Doctors, nurses, receptionists, patients, and their families all seek a moment of solace in this space, so you want to make sure that you put down flooring that can handle high levels of footfall. You also have to contend with the scrapes and scratches that can result from chairs being pulled out and tables being moved, which is the norm in a cafeteria. LVT can again be a good option, able handle the daily stresses and still provide a welcoming environment.

Safety Flooring for Operating Rooms and Corridors

Operating rooms arguably have to be the most hygienic places within a hospital. Here, you want a hardwearing floor that is fully sealed. And for long corridors, you probably need to consider budget, aesthetics and durability.

In addition to our stylish Cienna range, our Duragrip range is widely used as a hospital and healthcare flooring solution. The same goes for our Resolute range, both including an anti-microbial treatment. The perfect solutions where safety, hygiene and durability are paramount. The choice between them simply comes down to the look you are trying to achieve.

To discuss your options in more detail, call us today on 01592 630 030.

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