Boost The Learning Environments With Gradus Carpets
The summer vacation is usually the best time for the refurbishments and improvements of all schools, colleges, and universities. When planned carefully, the use of carpet can significantly enhance and create an exciting and dynamic environment, which can lead to a more stimulating place for learning. Using different methods of installation, it is possible to add inspiration to the learning centre. One such example is the creation of a feature area with bright colours and bold impact. Sometimes this only needs a swap of a tile or two or changing the tile.
The now available Gradus Emphasis Range is most suitable for this as it features 6 bright accent colours, that go perfectly well with the other ranges as a highlight colour. When installing the carpet, it is very essential to consider the amount of traffic of students, staff and visitors. Zoning utilizes the use of different carpet tiles, designs, and textures and can help with navigation and flow of traffic. Take a look at Lafite Connect and Streetwise Design ranges. They will enable you to implement different zoning and are available in many contrasting designs and colours.
The effective management of noise in a learning centre is of high importance. Acoustics are an important factor in learning environments, with the ability to help listen (especially to the hard of hearing), improve focus, and limit the sound effects of foot traffic. All Gradus carpets are evaluated for the absorption of impact noise, and their Times Square range is especially effective for this.
Carpets and related accessories also play a leading role in enhancing education facilities safety. For example, a facility’s entrance–usually one of the busiest areas in any facility–is likely to be a scene of slips and trips. Therefore, operators should insist on matting barriers that are durable and fit for use, designed to provide the grip that helps people stay upright.
Barrier matting is the first line of treatment of a building against dirt and moisture, as well as limiting accidents in the entrance area. Educational facilities experience extreme foot traffic on a daily basis and thus can decrease the quantity of dirt and moisture tracked around the facility by up to 90 per cent by installing an adequate matting scheme.
Another hazard in any building is the stairs, which in educational establishments present a particular hazard point where users may not always be paying full attention due to chatting with others or looking at their phones.
Stair-edgings provide slip-resistance on the bottom of the step and are the best way to safeguard against accidents to the stairs. Furthermore, Gradus XT range of aluminium stair-edgings features an extended insert design that wraps around the step’s top edge, ensuring that foot contact is always made with the slip-resistant portion of the stair-edge.
Maintaining your budget
While it costs money in the short term, you are likely to save money in the long run by installing carpet and accessories as part of a summer renovation. The first step to ensure that this is done is to opt for carpet tiles and planks, as this will mean that worn areas can be replaced locally later, so you only need to remove one tile and not the entire carpet.
Zoning is another way to save on consequent refurbishments, as it can be used to direct heavy foot traffic to more durable, heavy-duty carpet sections that are not prone to wear or fray. This will guarantee that the various parts of the carpet are subject to adequate rates of footfall, resulting in longer periods between needing to go to the difficulty and expense of further renovations.
Similarly, the use of floor trims will prevent the ends of a carpet from fraying and thus require replacement, while barrier matting helps prolong the lifecycle of surrounding floor coverings by decreasing the quantity of dirt tracked into the building.