Luxury Vinyl Tile - This durable product is easy to care for and long-lasting. LVT is one of the most popular floor coverings today. It's easy to install, incredibly durable, essentially waterproof, and is great for high-traffic areas. In addition, commercial LVT uses a photo printing process on the tile, which allows for almost unlimited design possibilities.
Sheet Vinyl – This product typically comes in rolls 4, 5, and 6 feet wide and 2 to 3 millimeters thick.This allows for a minimal number of seams and this can be a key factor when it comes to aesthetics. Laminate vinyl flooring has been a mainstay in hospital flooring for decades. Vinyl panels can be painted over, creating a seamless monolithic floor that is easy to clean and maintain. This finish is also excellent for repelling microorganisms on your surfaces.
Vinyl Composition Tile (VCT) - VCT is always an economical choice.These tiles are a mixture of natural limestone, fillers, color pigments and a thermoplastic binder. Although tile is extremely durable, VCT requires more maintenance (stripping, waxing, buffing) than other vinyl floors and life cycle costs must also be calculated and considered.
Rubber Flooring - Premium rubber floors have become very popular in hospitals. Rubber enhances interiors with seamless installation, unmatched durability, and design versatility. The dense surface texture of the rubber offers proven crush resistance and withstands even the toughest hospital conditions without sacrificing style.
Linoleum – Although not as prominent as it used to be, linoleum is still high on the list of options for hospitals. Like rubber, linoleum is an ecological product made from natural materials such as linseed oil, cork flour and jute fibers. This product is commonly found with rubber for the environmentally conscious buyer. Linoleum also has proven antimicrobial properties to protect against germs.
For treatment rooms, the trend is toward "Dri Fit" bonded, welded rubber sheets or two-part urethane-epoxy. Also of note is the introduction of the new acrylic spray adhesive, which manufacturers are advertising under patient beds and operating rooms. Both options enable fast turnaround times during installation, which is an advantage for every hospital. Rubber flooring resists the movement of heavy hospital beds, x-ray machines, stretchers, and other equipment.
For underfoot comfort, rubber or linoleum are often favorites. Softer and more cushioned than vinyl or VCT sheets, they can provide effective support for doctors and nurses who are on their feet all day.