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What is the Best Flooring for Wheelchairs?

If you or someone you live with uses a wheelchair, you want your home to be as accommodating as possible. When you are choosing flooring for your home, you want to consider the needs of yourself or your loved one. You want flooring that is safe and durable. Read on to discover what is the best flooring for wheelchairs.

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Soft flooring, such as carpet, is not suitable for wheelchairs. Even though carpet is warm and inviting, it is also difficult to clean. It can also reduce traction, making it difficult for an individual to maneuver their wheelchair. Hard flooring is best for wheelchairs, but some flooring is better than others. For example, softwood and cork hardwood flooring is too soft for frequent wheelchair use.

Ceramic and porcelain are excellent flooring options for wheelchair use if you like the look of tile. Keep in mind that smaller tiles are better suited for wheelchair use because large tiles are more likely to crack under pressure. When shopping for tile flooring, pick tiles that are 2 inches in size or smaller. You also want the grout lines between the tiles to be made from a material that improves traction. Additionally, unpolished tiles are a better pick than polished tiles because they provided a more firm grip.

If you would rather pick hardwood flooring over tiles, consider luxury vinyl or engineered hardwood. If you pick a waterproof vinyl or engineered hardwood, the flooring will hold up well against frequent wheelchair use. These types of flooring are also easy to clean and hold up well against spills and moisture.

Once you’ve determined what type of wheelchair-safe flooring you want, you’re ready to shop with flooring.org. You can browse our inventory online and call us at 1-800-689-9006 with any questions.

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