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Adaptive flooring describes non-traditional flooring materials that can increase traction, and help prevent injury at home, the workplace, or while traveling. It can also alert those who are visually impaired or in wheelchairs of changes in surfaces and grades.


Safety Flooring

Safety Flooring Assemblies are floor coverings with physically detectable protrusions used to notify pedestrians, people in wheelchairs, and people with visual impairment of dangerous drop-offs, ledges, or an upcoming change in conditions. (e.g., the raised, bumpy surfaces of the concrete near mass-transit train tracks, or the ridges on wheelchair access ramps.) Often, detectable warnings are required on walking surfaces that cross or join roads or other environmental hazards where, for example, there is no curb, wall, or railing to alert pedestrians passing into an area of potential danger. There are also units of safety flooring assembly for use in the home or workplace.

Safety flooring assembly diagram
Safety flooring assembly diagram

Non-slip Flooring

Another type of adaptive flooring is non-slip flooring. This can be made from rubber, laminated cork, or be an epoxy coating over an existing flooring, as well as carpet. These flooring types help keep traction, even when the floor or the foot is wet.

A cork floor
A cork floor
Rubberized flooring
Rubberized flooring

Color-contrasted Flooring

For people with impaired vision, another flooring option you can use is color-contrasted flooring. The strong contrasting colors can help to orient the visually impaired user, and warn them of changes in grade or between rooms.

A color-contrasting floor
A color-contrasting floor

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April 13, 2004. Accessed on 2/13/2008