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Disability–Friendly Flooring


Disabilities Flooring Tips
  • Clean up spills and debris immediately
  • Low carpet piles are best for wheelchairs
  • Slightly textured concrete reduces slips
  • Use non-slip mats & rugs on smooth floors
  • Avoid cleaners that make floors slippery

Wouldn't it be great if there was disability–friendly flooring out there that could accommodate your special needs?™ created this section to assist you as you shop for the flooring type that may make your life a little easier.

You are certainly not alone in your search for disability–friendly flooring. According to information gathered by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2008, 20.6% (54 million) of the people in the United States have some form of disability. About 9.1 million people in this group use walkers, canes and wheelchairs.

Disability Friendly Flooring Products

Disabilties and Flooring Needs

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Different disabilities require different types of flooring. Flooring that is appropriate for a person who has difficulty walking may not work for a person who moves solely by wheelchair. It's important that you do some research to make sure you install the floor best suited for your specific needs.

Our disability–friendly floor section can help. We've included tips on wheelchair-friendly surfaces as well as non slip flooring. We've also covered the pros and cons of popular floor types and how they work for people with specific lifestyle needs, such as people with children and pets.

Disability and the Law

Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)

Americans with Disabilites act of
1990 (ADA)

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) brought the issue of equal rights for people with disabilities to wide–scale public attention. The ADA is a civil rights law that protects people with disabilities from discrimination in regard to employment, public services (including transportation), public accommodations and facilities, telecommunications and other provisions. In addition to this protection, ADA compliance laws offer guidance for the average homeowner on how to build an accessible house for residents with disabilities.

The Benefits of ADA

Bathroom Facilities with
Hand Rails

ADA laws are changing the way homeowners and businesses view their work and home space. Amenities such as wheelchair–friendly floor surfaces, handrails and automatic doors are now available for home installation. If you or a loved one has a disability, these items can make all the difference. And they're not just for people with disabilities; the elderly and children can also benefit from flooring that meets ADA requirements.

Disability–Friendly Flooring for Business Owners

If you're a business owner, it might benefit you to look through this section, regardless of whether your flooring is compliant with ADA laws. You'll find tips, recommendations and cost–effective floor solutions to accommodate clients and customers who have various types of disabilities.

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