Choosing the correct flooring can be difficult, especially when added variables, such as accommodating a wheelchair, are added to the equation. Wheelchairs often weigh a decent amount of weight and are constantly adding additional wear and fade to a floor. This might raise the question, Which is the Best Laminate Flooring for Wheel Chairs?
Here are a few important things your floor should have:
High AC Rating
To start your selecting process you should take into consideration the AC rating of a floor. AC ratings determine the durability of a floor – the higher the rating the stronger and more durable the flooring will be. Typically laminates with AC ratings of AC4 and up will supply a higher wear layer. Floors rated AC4 and up are constructed and prepared for commercial settings – meaning they are built to withstand both high and heavy traffic.
You should look for flooring that is ADA compliant. This is in reference to the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990. Choosing a floor that is made to accommodate the disabled will assure you durability, accessibility, and a tough surface. This takes a lot of the leg work out of searching for a floor that will fit your needs and look beautiful for a long time.
Some Suggested Floors
Bestlaminate has a nice selection of ADA approved products available for purchase. Alloc and Quick-Step laminate flooring has been known to have some of the best laminate flooring for wheelchairs. These floors are ADA compliant and offer a wide selection of both durable and beautiful colors from which to choose. The patented locking system in Alloc laminate flooring offers a secure and stable foundation for the disabled. Some Alloc floors also have a built in underlayment which will reduce noise. The most beneficial aspect of Alloc and Quick-Step laminate floors is that they are made out of high pressure laminate (HPL). Many Alloc floors have an aluminum locking system and waxed edges – this will give your flooring more support and help it to withstand high pressure.It will protect against chipping edges and additional dings and dents and will hold a lot of traffic with it’s high AC Rating and impact-resistant surface.
If you have any questions regarding wheelchairs and laminate flooring, please write them in the comments below. If you are interested in purchasing, but still not sure which floor is best for you, give us a call at 1-800-520-0961!