Improved health and safety
Carpet can increase classroom safety by providing a non-slip surface for children and staff members. This flooring also provides cushioning, which lessens the chance of serious injury if a fall does happen. This cushioning can be especially good for rooms that accommodate young children, like toddlers or preschoolers. Children this age are very active and are often not as coordinated as older children.
The cushioning provided by carpet is also more comfortable for teachers and staff members that have to stand all day. This flooring reduces muscle fatigue and poor posture, both of which can lead to other problems such as foot and back pain. A more comfortable teacher will be able to do their job better.
This flooring does not cause allergies or asthma and does not increase the severity or frequency of symptoms. Some studies have actually found that rooms with carpet have better air quality than those with other flooring materials. As long as carpet is clean and dry, the fibers offer nothing for microorganisms, such as mold, to feed on.
One health benefit you may not have thought about is reducing eyestrain. Carpet flooring is a non-reflective surface, unlike most forms of tile. The light coming in the windows and from overhead lights won’t bounce off carpet, reducing eyestrain for teachers and students.
Improved learning environment
Carpet can help improve the learning environment in the classroom as well. This flooring improves the acoustics in a room by reducing noise. Noise is distracting and can also interfere with ability to hear and understand speech, which makes it especially problematic for a classroom. Students with ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, and hearing impairment all have issues with background noise. Carpet flooring absorbs sound much better, which will reduce distractions and disruptions.
When the room is uncomfortable, it can be difficult for students to pay attention. Carpet flooring can offer some insulation, which will help keep the room temperature comfortable. The extra warmth and cushioning of carpet means children can sit on the floor if necessary, enabling them to take full advantage of different types of learning opportunities.
Maintenance of carpet in the classroom
Carpet that is properly installed and maintained can last a long time. In many cases, this flooring can last ten years or longer. A high quality commercial type with good stain resistance would be an appropriate choice for the classroom.
This flooring should be vacuumed daily and will need deep cleaning as recommended by the manufacturer. Carpets that are in heavy traffic areas or in areas where food is consumed will probably need to be cleaned more often. Over the life of the product, it will likely be much cheaper to maintain carpet rather than tile.
Carpet is an excellent addition to your educational facility. The professionals at Gowdy Flooring can help you find the right product and perform the high quality installation that you need. Call us today at (806) 353-6226 for additional information about our products and services. You can also connect with us via e-mail by clicking on Contact Us. We welcome your visit to our showroom located at 5205 S. Coulter St. in Amarillo, Texas.