Choosing the right flooring can contribute to a healthy indoor environment. Flooring options are available that reduce noise, trap bacteria, come from sustainable products, and help to prevent falls.
Know What’s in Your Flooring – VOC’s
When choosing flooring materials, opt for those with low or no Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). VOCs can emit harmful chemicals into your space, leading to indoor air pollution. Materials like low-VOC or zero-VOC paints, finishes, and adhesives are better for indoor air quality.
Trap Dust, Dirt, and Allergens
Carpets and area rugs are a solid choice for trapping dust, dirt, and allergens in your facility. This can make maintenance easier and lead to better airflow in your space.
Entrance mats in particular can stop as much as 85-95% of dirt from entering your rooms and protect the rest of your floors.
Do you need a space where trapping outside debris is not essential or detrimental to your room?
In the case of individuals with allergies, it’s essential to choose flooring that doesn’t trap and contain allergens like dust and dander. Hard flooring surfaces are typically better in this regard than carpets.
Help Prevent Slips and Falls
Clean floors and air are just one factor in keeping your space safe – certain floors are better suited for helping prevent slips and falls. This includes spaces such as medical centers, schools, and commercial offices where there is heavy traffic. Typical anti-slip options include ceramic and porcelain tile, slip-resistant composition tile, and sheet vinyl.
Reduce Noise – Acoustics and Privacy
Whether you’re in a classroom, office space, or healthcare facility, flooring can help reduce and absorb noise. Floor coverings can be assigned an NRC rating from 0 to 1.0, with higher ratings having more noise absorption properties. Noise reduction is heavily based on the materials of your floor coverings, such as carpet fibers. Sound ratings are based on the subflooring, underlayment, padding, backing, and additional insulation in the floor coverings.
Continental Flooring has been servicing government agencies for over 40 years and continues to provide flooring and ceiling products for renovations worldwide. Our team will work with your budget to find the best products for you on our GSA Contract (#GS-03F-001BA). Contact us today for a free quote!