Factors to Consider When Choosing Flooring for Schools
Safety, durability and cost are at the head of the class when considering flooring materials for schools and education facilities. Add to that a desire for comfort in classrooms and a high level of durability for traffic heavy corridors – you can see why school floors face an entirely different set of requirements than, say, an office or hospitality fit out.
In addition to classroom learning, schools and campuses serve many other functions—including sporting activities and often the hosting of events or conferences, each of which require careful consideration when choosing school flooring. Here, we will examine some of the best flooring options for schools and characteristics that will help meet the needs of an academic environment.
Priorities When Choosing Flooring for Schools
When choosing flooring options for schools and classrooms, safety should be a priority. That means you want flooring that has anti-slip properties while remaining comfortable and conducive to a learning environment.
We know that cost is extremely important in the education sector with new build and refurbishments often having budget constraints. When deciding on your education flooring, we recommend a balance between a cost effective solution, and a floor that has low ongoing maintenance costs and a suitable life span. We suggest investing in a high-quality floor covering that is easy to maintain and long-lasting to save costs in the long run.
A final key consideration is detail specific to the education sector, namely multi-stall bathrooms, sink areas and break rooms, all of which will demand particular types of flooring. We also look to minimise noise by considering the acoustic qualities of products and the additional of any underlays if these are required.
What Types of Flooring Would be the Best?
As we noted earlier, classrooms need flooring that is safe, durable, warm, and comfortable. For these reasons, we recommend Low Profile Carpet Tiles. Carpet tiles are slip-resistant and constructed for durability and can be cushioned back to add extra comfort. From an ongoing maintenance perspective, if a tile is damaged, you can simply uplift and replace it without affecting any of the other tiles. Carpet tiles come in endless colours and design options and we can work with you to match an existing idea or concept, or start from the ground up to customise your flooring to the needs of your education project.
The Importance of the Correct Flooring in Schools
Ideally, the flooring you choose for your education project needs to last a long time and handle persistent wear and tear. Flooring Junction, is a leading commercial flooring company in New Zealand, offering unbeatable industry knowledge and highly competitive pricing. We have a proven track record across a wide range of sectors in Auckland, offering an end-to-end service from design and specifications through to supply, installation, and project management, and we specialise in flooring for schools and education facilities. Contact us today to learn more about our past success with flooring in the education sector.