Aging-in-place remodels are an increasingly popular way for seniors to stay in their own home without sacrificing comfort or safety. When it comes to choosing the right flooring for these types of renovations, there are a few things you should consider. Let’s explore each one in more detail below.
Slip resistance is one of the most important criteria when considering any type of floor covering, particularly those intended for an aging-in-place remodel. To ensure safe footing, look for products certified by The National Floor Safety Institute, which offers ratings based on tests conducted using ASTM International standards. These ratings typically range from zero (least slip-resistant) to five (most slip-resistant). Select products with ratings higher than three according to ASTM D2047 testing standards. Also, consider materials designed for good traction and act as shock absorbers, like rubber mats and nonskid rugs, and around areas prone to water build-ups, such as bathrooms and kitchens.
Comfort should be considered when selecting a type of floor covering inside and outside the house, as people often use walkers, wheelchairs, and other assistive devices to get around.
It’s also important to consider how the material feels underfoot. Will it be too hard or soft? Too cold or warm? Will it absorb sound and reduce noise levels or amplify them? Make sure you choose flooring that provides enough cushion without feeling like walking on marshmallows.
Aging in place requires low-maintenance floor coverings that are easy to clean and maintain. Vinyl floors are durable and can easily be wiped down with a damp cloth. They also come in various colors, designs, and styles, so you can find something to match your decor. Laminate wood floors also require minimal upkeep but should still be sealed regularly as they are susceptible to water damage over time.
Durability is another factor worth considering when choosing floor coverings suitable for an aging-in-place remodel. Hardwoods, while aesthetically pleasing, often don’t hold up well with wheelchairs, walkers, etc. Instead, opt for tiles, engineered wood, or vinyl which all provide good resistance to scratches, dents, and other types of damage.
Visual appeal should not be ignored either since it’s part of the charm of having a beautiful home. Carpet, natural stone, tiles, laminated wood, and even linoleum options all present various textures and patterns that allow you to customize the look of a space according to individual tastes.
If you’re considering an aging-in-place remodel for your home, be sure to contact GM Roth Design Remodeling in Nashua, NH. We can help you select the best flooring option for your needs and budget and provide a free consultation to get you started.
If you’re in Nashua, NH, Chelmsford, MA, Reading, MA, or surrounding areas, we can help you achieve your dream home, whether with a kitchen or bathroom remodel or an addition to your house. Give us a call today at (603) 880-3761.