Have you been given the task of choosing material for a K-12, university, or other learning environment and have no clue where to begin? Look no further, I’m spilling the basics to help you pick the best flooring for your educational space.
Flooring is what leads you in and out of the building, and transitions you from one space to another. It expands from each room individually and into common areas. Flooring in educational spaces is part of heavily-trafficked areas, and that’s why you want to make sure you’re getting quality flooring that is going to last. No one wants to throw away money on something that is only going to last a few years.
When it comes to classroom flooring the aesthetic matters more than most people think about. You want the students to focus without being distracted, and comfortable without losing focus. Can’t forget about them being safe and skip resistant. Oh yeah, and they need to take a beating from chairs pushed, shoes, desk rearranged, and more.
Carpet tiles in a school setting should be low profile, which helps make them more durable under heavy foot traffic, plus they are slip-resistant. They come in a wide variety of color and pattern options, which can be good and bad when you’re trying to come to one choice. Carpet tiles are great for grade school classrooms or specific subjects such as math or history. Carpet tiles are NOT great for a science lab or art classes where things can spill.
Vinyl tile comes in two forms vinyl composition tile (VCT) and luxury vinyl tile (LVT). VCT has been used in schools for decades. However, this porous material is a little bit high maintenance as it requires to be waxed and polished regularly. On the plus, it’s durable under high traffic and inexpensive. Luxury vinyl tile or LVT tile is the preferred option in educational spaces nowadays. Unlike VCT that is made of vinyl, limestone, and other ingredients LVT is 100% vinyl and less porous. LVT is designed to last longer and hold up better when it comes to foot traffic than VCT will—plus it doesn’t require constant wax applications. LVT will run you more than VCT, but it’ll be less maintenance in the long run—which really is what you’re going after anyway.
Laminate used to be the most popular option, but it seems like its days of being the go-to has come and gone. Other flooring options like LVT have caught up and surpassed this option, but it’s still worth mentioning. Laminate is resistant to fading, scratching, and other kinds of damage.
The hallway gets a lot of traffic, you want something that will be resilient and give you your most bang for your buck. This means you’re going to want to look at VCT or LVT. Remember though, VCT is going to require maintenance while LVT will cost you a little more, it will not require the maintenance that VCT does. Rubber flooring has also become popular due to its variety. Mainly because you can customize it with any pattern, logo, or color.