The Latest in Healthcare Flooring Products
Healthcare flooring products represent a highly specialized area within the commercial flooring industry. Common types of healthcare flooring include vinyl sheet flooring, rubber, linoleum, and terrazzo.
Flooring for healthcare settings must be able to withstand the heavy traffic loads within particular areas of hospitals and other healthcare settings. Beyond withstanding foot traffic, the floors must be able to stand up to wear and tear from heavy medical equipment, such as beds and carts. Slip-resistance is another important factor for these types of floors to avoid injury for patients and staff members. Also, ideally, the flooring should be soft and supportive for staff that spend long shifts on their feet. Aside from holding up to wear and tear and being easy to maintain, healthcare flooring should also help prevent the spread of infection.
To avoid a clinical healthcare setting, many designers try to choose flooring products that add warmth and dimension to space. A trend in healthcare design is to make spaces feel more spa-like than traditional healthcare settings, and the choice of flooring can greatly contribute to that effect
Leading healthcare flooring manufacturers include Shaw Contract Group, Armstrong, Forbo, The Mohawk Group, Lonseal, and Mannington Commercial. Contract’s editors are constantly on the lookout for the latest and best products in all furnishing and finish categories, including healthcare flooring. Our annual healthcare issue highlights products for this typology, and we regularly post new releases in the healthcare flooring industry to our website. When you are specifying flooring solutions for your next healthcare project, Contract magazine has all the resources you need.