Carpet can be a good choice for seniors because it feels good under your feet and is warm. Carpeting provides some cushioning to help protect against injury should a fall occur. Insulation and noise reduction are other advantages to this type of flooring.
Carpet may not be the best choice for a senior if they have respiratory issues. You should regularly vacuum and occasionally deep clean carpet to keep dirt, dust and dander particles under control. Spot cleaning a spill can sometimes be difficult for a senior, and if not properly cleaned, can leave a permanent stain.
Vinyl flooring is very durable. The surface is smooth and flat, making it easy for seniors to walk on. Vinyl is difficult to stain and resists water damage.
The downside to vinyl flooring is that it’s less eco-friendly. Vinyl is made from petroleum and a new floor can off-gas a small amount of volatile organic compounds (VOC’s). Make sure there is good ventilation where you plan to install this type of flooring.
Cork is a thicker, non-slip, spongy material which offers some insulation and protection from noise. Once a protective sealant is applied, cork flooring is easy for seniors to clean by sweeping or vacuuming. These floors do need to be periodically resealed and some can be refinished if necessary.
Since it is soft, cork flooring can be easily damaged or gouged by sharp objects. Cork also is not water resistant. The protective coating guards against wear, but spills should be cleaned up immediately. Cork flooring would not be good for an area that is prone to moisture.
Linoleum can be a good choice for seniors. This durable flooring offers a smooth, flat surface so it is easy to move across. Easy to clean and disinfect, linoleum is also anti-static.
Linoleum is soft and easily cut if heavy objects or chairs are dragged across the floor. For a senior, this softness may be a problem if they are unable to lift the objects to be moved as opposed to pushing and pulling. Linoleum also has a tendency to turn yellow.
Rubber is very safe for seniors and wears well. This flooring is soft and provides seniors with good traction. Anti-static and somewhat fire-resistant, rubber flooring can even be used outdoors. Easily cleaned, some rubber floors can be waxed and polished or buffed. Harsh chemicals or anything abrasive should not be used on these floors since it can cause permanent damage.
There are a couple of disadvantages to rubber flooring. The cost of rubber floors is more than other materials, but depending on the intended use, may be worth it. These floors also have a slight smell, which isn’t harmful, but may be an irritant for some people.
Gowdy Flooring has a large selection of flooring options that would be great choices for seniors. For more information, give us a call at (806) 353-6226 or send us an email on Contact Us. Visit our showroom located at 5205 S. Coulter St. in Amarillo, Texas.