floor types for seniors, floor coverings international oahuAs you grow older, flooring plays a larger role in how safe and easy it is to move around your home. For example, spots where your flooring is peeling up can be a tripping hazard. Slick tiles or carpet can lead to slips and falls. It can also be difficult to maneuver on some flooring types if you use a walking aid and extremely hard flooring materials can exacerbate joint pain.

Having the right flooring in your Honolulu home can help make your space safer and more comfortable as you age. It’s recommended that you use a flooring material with good traction, particularly in areas such as bathrooms, kitchens, and staircases. You also want to look for flooring that allows canes, wheelchairs and walkers to move easily. Another consideration is comfort, as some types of flooring material can provide a bit of cushion to help protect your joints. Below are four flooring suggestions from the experts at Floor Coverings International Oahu:


When it comes to cushioning your joints, carpeting is a great choice for bedrooms, living rooms, and stairs. It is comfortable underfoot and provides more traction that harder flooring options. If you use a walking aid, it’s important to select a short pile carpet to reduce the risk of snagging. Note that some downsides of carpeting are that it isn’t suited to moisture-prone areas and it can develop hard to clean stains without proper care.


Wood flooring, whether you select hardwood or laminate, is easy to clean and provides a hard surface that is ideal for wheelchairs and walkers. It also provides lasting beauty for your home. However, one drawback is that wood flooring can be hard on the joints. It can also be slippery, making it less suited for stairways or moisture-prone areas like bathrooms.


Cork flooring is a great shock-absorber, while still being firm enough to allow walking aids to move with little difficulty. It is also easy to clean and provides good traction to help prevent slips. However, it can be more expensive and comes in limited colors.


Vinyl is often installed in kitchens and bathrooms since it is water resistant and provides good traction. The fact that it is also durable and easy to clean is an extra bonus. The main problem that older adults can experience with vinyl flooring is that, like wood flooring, it can be hard on the joints when standing when standing for longer periods of time.

If you would like to learn more about flooring options for homes with older residents, contact the experts at Floor Coverings International Oahu! We will come for a free, in-home, consultation to help you find the best flooring choice for your lifestyle needs.

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