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What is Safety Flooring?

You might’ve heard of safety flooring being installed in business premises, like a restaurant or store, and perhaps even in a family home, but what actually is safety flooring? Fortunately, the definition of safety flooring is quite simple: it is a type of floor covering designed to protect people from slips, trips and falls. It may be made of vinyl, and with a textured surface.

You’ll often find such safety flooring in high traffic areas, where spills and knocks are more likely to happen! But, now you know what safety flooring is, you should know why we need it, and how it’s most commonly installed. Read on for more information, below.

Why do properties need safety flooring

More than anything else, properties need safety flooring so nobody gets hurt! This is especially true for commercial spaces. If you own a business open to the wider public, or a medical clinic of any kind, preventing injuries is absolutely vital to the health and wellbeing of your company, employees and customers.

Safety flooring is extremely slip resistant, easy to clean and durable. Even a drop of water can make usual flooring hazardous, but safety flooring is designed to provide a textured, aggregate layer underneath people’s shoes so that traction is increased between you and the floor – this greatly decreases slips and falls.

Furthermore, because safety flooring is slip resistant, it’s way more hygienic! Bacteria isn’t absorbed and doesn’t build up on the floor. An added benefit of this is that safety flooring will stay in perfect condition for much longer, because the surface of the floor isn’t easy to dirty or damage.

Finally, particularly when it comes to clinics or restaurants, most safety flooring is highly durable, designed to withstand spilled chemicals and heavy traffic on a constant basis. You won’t need to purchase new flooring every year, or even really invest in repairs. This has saved many a business thousands of pounds, which is also why properties need safety flooring!

How is safety flooring installed

Safety flooring should always be installed by a professional, to ensure that your space reaps the maximum benefits of this type of flooring. With this in mind, there are a few steps that professionals always follow to ensure the best possible result.

  1. Preparation – A professional will first make sure that no dirt or debris is marring the surface where safety flooring will be installed. A prepped surface should always be clean and clear so the safety flooring will adhere properly.
  2. Cap and Cove – Capping and coving is an important step to installing safety flooring. This process means the vinyl of your flooring is installed up the wall of your property to create a watertight seal. This also prevents the floor from lifting later down the line. A capping strip is installed where the floor covering ends for a neat finish.
  3. Laying – This is where the actual safety flooring is laid. Generally, flooring is installed widthways – this is easier, neater and more accurate.
  4. Sealing – A clear or coloured sealant will lock in the good condition of your safety flooring, extending its durability for the long-term.

At The Flooring Group, we have years of experience in installing quality residential and commercial flooring – like that of safety flooring – in properties across the South of England. Does your property require quality commercial flooring, professionally installed by a skilled team? Get in touch with us, today.