Advice from SMART Carpet and Flooring: Elderly Should Avoid Using Porcelain Tile in Bathrooms
MANASQUAN, N.J: As more active seniors choose to age in place, minor improvements should be made to their homes to make them safer. Every year, one in four people over the age of 65 experiences a fall, with 80 percent of those falls taking place in the bathroom, according to the National Council on Aging.
When selecting a new bathroom flooring material, seniors should consider three factors: slip-resistance; cleaning and maintenance; and durability to avoid scratches from canes, walkers and wheelchairs. Modern vinyl flooring available today meets all three of these requirements.
Vinyl flooring has come a long way over the years, said Brendan Phillips, SMART Carpet and Flooring founder and president. Today's luxury vinyl planks and tiles are more slip resistant than other flooring options because of their textures. The embossing process used to give modern vinyl flooring a more realistic look adds texture and an element of 'depth' that other flooring options just don't have.
Porcelain tiles, on the other hand, are often glazed, which creates a glossy surface to the finished tile that becomes extremely slippery when it gets wet. Additionally, glazed porcelain floors are shiny, making it difficult for seniors to determine if they are wet or not.
In addition to slip-resistance, seniors should also consider how hard or soft a flooring material is. Porcelain and ceramic tiles are very hard, which compounds the severity of a fall when a senior hits a hard surface. Some of today's vinyl flooring has built-in padding, which helps to minimize the amount of shock to a senior's body, if a fall should occur.
Modern vinyl offers additional benefits for aging seniors. With a range of pricing, it is typically a more affordable option in bathroom flooring remodels and vinyl floors today are designed to look like hardwood, ceramic tile, or other types of floors, making it easier to coordinate with existing bathroom decor.
SMART Carpet and Flooring is the perfect shopping experience for seniors aging in place, because they can choose from thousands of vinyl and other flooring options all in the comfort of their own homes, against their own lighting and decor, with the help of trained flooring experts. Appointments are available seven days a week.