MANASQUAN, N.J., Dec. 3, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- As more active seniors choose
to age in place, minor improvements should be made to their homes to make them
safer. Every year, one in four people over the age of 65 experiences a fall,
with 80 percent of those falls taking place in the bathroom, according to the
National Council on Aging. The advice from SMART Carpet and Flooring is to
replace bathroom flooring with modern luxury vinyl flooring, which is more
slip-resistant than traditional porcelain or ceramic tiles typically used in
When selecting a new bathroom flooring material, seniors should consider three
factors: slip-resistance; cleaning and maintenance; and durability to avoid
scratches from canes, walkers and wheelchairs. Modern vinyl flooring available
today meets all three of these requirements.
"Vinyl flooring has come a long way over the years," said Brendan Phillips,
SMART Carpet and Flooring founder and president. "Today's luxury vinyl planks
and tiles are more slip resistant than other flooring options because of their
textures. The embossing process used to give modern vinyl flooring a more
realistic look adds texture and an element of 'depth' that other flooring
options just don't have."
Porcelain tiles, on the other hand, are often glazed, which creates a glossy
surface to the finished tile that becomes extremely slippery when it gets wet.
Additionally, glazed porcelain floors are shiny, making it difficult for seniors
to determine if they are wet or not.
In addition to slip-resistance, seniors should also consider how hard or soft a
flooring material is. Porcelain and ceramic tiles are very hard, which compounds
the severity of a fall when a senior hits a hard surface. Some of today's vinyl
flooring has built-in padding, which helps to minimize the amount of shock to a
senior's body, if a fall should occur.
Modern vinyl offers additional benefits for aging seniors. With a range of
pricing, it is typically a more affordable option in bathroom flooring remodels
and vinyl floors today are designed to look like hardwood, ceramic tile, or
other types of floors, making it easier to coordinate with existing bathroom
SMART Carpet and Flooring is the perfect shopping experience for seniors aging
in place, because they can choose from thousands of vinyl and other flooring
options all in the comfort of their own homes, against their own lighting and
décor, with the help of trained flooring experts. Appointments are available
seven days a week.
About SMART Carpet and Flooring
As the Tri-State area's original shop-at-home flooring provider with deep roots
in New Jersey, SMART Carpet and Flooring eliminates the hassle of buying new
carpet and flooring by doing everything at the client's home, where color and
quality selection matter most. Because the company is a mill-direct buying
service and not a store, SMART Carpet and Flooring customers can save up to 50%
off typical store prices. SMART Carpet and Flooring includes everything from
measuring and layout to installation and financing.
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