Senior Citizen Flooring Options and Recommendations

Senior Citizen Flooring Options and Recommendations

The Best Flooring For Senior Citizens

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Carpeting

Benefits

Soft and Warm: Carpet is a very cushiony material, that can be comfortable underfoot, while also being proof against physical harm from trips and falling accidents. Additionally, it is quite warm underfoot, even in the winter, and its thick body can act as a sort of insulation on a room, helping the space to retain heat more efficiently.

Drawbacks

Air Quality: The fibers of carpeting tend to collect dirt and dust that floats through the air, holding them in their plush arms, only to send these debris particles spewing into the room whenever someone steps on the floor. This can be harmful to the indoor air quality of the space, especially for seniors dealing with respiratory illnesses.

Cleaning: It is also very hard to keep a carpet completely clean. The fact that it is made up of cloth strands, means that spills can soak in, and stains can smear permanently into the material. This can be both a hassle in upkeep, and an unsanitary situation if not dealt with regularly.

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Cork Floors

Benefits

Softness: Cork is another material that will be very soft, both underfoot, and under a body if the person living in the space trips and falls accidentally. Like carpet, the thick material is also able to help insulate a room against both heat loss, and outside noise.

Non Slip: Another benefit of cork flooring is that it naturally provides traction underfoot. That means that people will be less likely to slip, trip, and fall when walking across a cork floor.

Cleaning: As long as a cork floor is properly maintained, it is relatively easy to clean and care for. The sealant over the surface protects the porous material from stains, and all the senior living there will have to do is sweep or vacuum regularly to keep it looking its best.

Drawbacks

Water and Damage: Because cork is so soft, it can be damaged relatively easily, by punctures from furniture legs, high heels, or any sharp object poking or scraping its surface. It is also prone to damage from water, and floods will ruin a cork floor, making it risky for bathrooms, and unacceptable for below grade installations. In addition, cork will need to be sealed once a year in order to protect it from stains and discolorations.

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Linoleum Flooring

Benefits

Cleanliness: Linoleum is a very easy to maintain flooring material that only requires basic cleaning on a regular basis. This is important for older residents who may not have the physical ability to complete complicated maintenance regimens. Linoleum is also naturally anti static, and anti microbial, so both dust, and harmful microorganisms are inherently repelled from it.

Cost: Linoleum can be a relatively expensive flooring material, starting at around $3 — $4 per square foot. This is in addition to any installation costs, and material fees for adhesives, padding, and sealers. Unfortunately, this puts linoleum outside of the budget of some seniors who may be on fixed incomes.

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