Heavy foot traffic. Dirt getting dragged by scores of footwear. These are just some of the issues related to floors installed in educational spaces — from elementary schools to universities. If you’re helming a project that involves floating floor installation in an academic environment, read on to find out your best flooring choices.
Factors to Consider
When deciding for the material you’ll use for a school’s flooring system — whether it’s a traditional or a floating floor installation — you have different things you need to take into account.
Durability. Learning institutions require a flooring system that is durable and is able to cater to the wear and tear caused by the vast amount of people using these particular spaces. When choosing a flooring material, also consider warranty and repair services.
Installation and Maintenance. The installation of a flooring system takes up a huge chunk of constructing an academic building or campus. Choose a material that can be installed more quickly and produce minimal waste. Beyond installation, you should also consider your long-term maintenance costs. It’s advantageous to settle for a flooring system that’s resistant to harsh elements, can be easily cleaned, and sustainable.
Acoustics. When it comes to floorboardsinstallation, you should never forget about the acoustic (especially in places like classrooms or school theaters and multi-purpose halls). Bear in mind that proper can acoustics can help make an area more conducive for learning.
Flooring Recommendations per Area
Now, let’s discuss the options you have for each major area of a school or a university.
Classrooms. Many floorboards installation experts agree that the most cost-effective flooring solutions for classrooms are broadloom carpets, luxury vinyl tiles, sheets, and rubbers. What these have in common is resistance to scratch and stain and ease of maintenance.
Cafeterias. Rubber tile flooring is a popular choice for cafeterias because of its noise- and slip-resistant properties. If you want to add more aesthetic appeal, you can go for luxury vinyl tiles. However, bear in mind, that this flooring material can be scratched over time because of the frequent movements of tables and chairs.
Hallways. Like cafeterias, rubbers and luxury vinyl tiles are the top choices for hallways. But for entryways, you can opt for carpets to trap excess dirt as soon as people make their way into the building’s premises. Just be mindful of proper maintenance to maximise their life.
Libraries. For a space where silence is held in high regard, you should consider a flooring system that allows for such an acoustic requirement. Experts highly recommend modular carpets — they are quiet by nature and are available in different designs.
Fitness Hubs. To minimise injuries, fitness centers are typically equipped with a rubber flooring system. It is considered to be durable and capable of withstanding heavy stresses. However, take note that for sports gyms, a more specialised flooring solution is needed.
Washrooms. Bathrooms should be stylish yet safe (read: slip-resistant) and cost-effective. This is why many school and university washrooms use porcelain tiles for these areas. Others who are looking for an economical alternative solution resort to waterproof luxury vinyl tiles.