Advice from SMART Carpet and Flooring: Elderly Should Avoid Using Porcelain Tile in Bathrooms

Advice from SMART Carpet and Flooring: Elderly Should Avoid Using Porcelain Tile in Bathrooms

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 bathrooms.

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 décor.

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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