Choosing flooring material for any Metro D.C. home space is important, but it is a safety decision for bathrooms. Take this into careful consideration when planning your bathroom remodel. When flooring becomes wet or moist, it can become very slick and causes slip/falls. By choosing the right flooring materials, you decrease the risks in the bathroom. A large variety of materials are available that have matte, honed, or textured finishes that can increase traction.
To make existing smooth tiled floors safer, there are products that should be applied to the tile that will decrease the slip rate when the floor is wet. One such product called Slip Tech is one to consider. These types of products can be applied easily and with routine applications will offer a more secure footing without affecting the look of the floor.
Grouted tile not only contributes to the look of the floor, it also provides extra traction and stability to bare feet when the floor is moist or wet. Generally, the smaller the floor tile size, the more grout lines there will be. Because of the increased number of grout lines, this increases the traction the floor has.
When designing showers, you pay special attention to the flooring. In this area water tends to accumulate toward the floor drain. So smaller tiles, especially those from 1 to 6 inches will help to move water to the drain faster.
Undoubtedly, water will end upon the floor in any bathroom, so base molding materials around the perimeter of the bathroom should give protection to the lower part of the walls. The taller the base, the more protection there will be for walls and wall coverings from moisture, as well as from scrapes and bumps from walkers and wheelchairs.
Older persons tend to have more sensitive to colder surfaces, you should consider the wide variety of radiant floor systems available. Some systems can be installed easily and can warm the entire bathroom, others could be placed in the shower pan and under the seat of a shower bench. These systems help provide the bathroom with more temperature control and comfort for the user.
No matter the size or shape, the sink, cabinetry or toilet chosen or the layout of the shower or tub, the safety of this room is always the highest concern. It is more than just the addition of grab bars. When done properly, the bathroom can give the individual the security that this space will continue to support their independence, while reducing the potential for injury or death. With form and function combined together during the planning process and careful consultation with your Metro D.C. remodeling contractor, the bathroom can be a place that is attractive yet still functional and secure for all users.
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