With the average school term in the UK lasting 195 days (or 39 weeks of the year) through wet and cold winters to warm dry summers, floorings in schools take quite a beating throughout the academic year. So, with the school term soon drawing to a close, now will be the ideal time to consider updating flooring during the summer break to avoid any disruption to students, staff and to the day-to-day running of academic life.
As one of the largest independent flooring distributors in the UK, Carpet & Flooring have all your flooring needs covered with a comprehensive range of solutions when it comes to installing flooring in the educational sector. From fibre-bonded carpets in entranceways to carpet tiles in classrooms and Luxury Vinyl Tile in hallways, Carpet & Flooring are always on hand to offer the complete flooring package to the educational sector, together with expert advice, nationwide.
Here we provide our recommendations in specifying the best flooring solutions in an education setting as well other considerations to bear in mind when choosing flooring.
Recommended Flooring Types:
With students studying a wide range of subjects from the arts and science to design and technology where movement around the classroom is necessary, safety becomes of paramount importance in preventing any slips where any debris and spillages on the floor may be commonplace.
Installing safety flooring in these areas with slip resistance properties, as well as being anti-bacterial, hard wearing and easy to clean, puts the safety of students and staff first.
With the UK weather being very changeable, quite often having four seasons in one day, the chances are that, when coming in from outside, pupils do not wipe their feet, thereby bringing in moisture and debris from outside.
Installing a heavy-duty fibre-bonded carpet or a tile and plank option in receptions and entranceways will capture any soil and debris walked in from outside, protecting the rest of your interior floor finishes and resulting in floor coverings that remain in better condition for longer. Aside from being durable, fibre-bonded carpets are available in a wide variety of colourways so that you can create an inviting space for pupils and staff.
Offering endless design opportunities and available at various price points, as well as being great for limited budgets, carpet tiles offer durability and sound reduction, great for helping to develop a quiet space for learning and teaching in classrooms and preventing noise reverberating around the school when installed in hallways.
A huge benefit when it comes to installing carpet tiles is that the creative opportunities are endless! Gone are the days where plain grey carpet tiles were installed in corridors and classrooms of educational establishments, creating a sombre, uninviting tone. Today, schools, colleges and universities can create a welcoming and uplifting environment for pupils, staff and visitors.
Available in a wide variety of designs and colours, carpet tiles allow the installer to create a bespoke installation to suit any aesthetic. An accent colour can even be incorporated into the floor design to emphasise the establishment’s own unique identity.
Additionally, if a tile is damaged by a drink being spilt or paint being dropped, it can be replaced individually, rather than requiring the whole floor area to be re-laid at unnecessary expense and effort.
Luxury Vinyl Tile
With large amounts of footfall in educational buildings, Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT) rise to the challenge of being both versatile and easy to install. Due to its hard-wearing qualities, LVT has become increasingly popular. Designed to have the appearance of real wood and stone, and other natural materials, LVT not only looks like the real thing, but feel likes it, creating a beautiful luxury look.
Additionally, it is easy to clean and has good slip resistance to prevent any slips and falls. It also offers noise reduction, minimising the sounds of heavy footfall and background noise.
Other considerations when purchasing flooring in the educational sector:
As well as the choice of floor covering, the consideration of how the colour choice can have an impact on a pupil’s or staff’s mental well-being is a worthwhile consideration. In educational facilities, colour differentiation between sections of flooring can also help direct pupils and staff to important areas as well as allowing you to create a zonal separation to help pupils adapt their behaviour to each area that they are in. For example, installing two different flooring colourways to identify between work and play areas is often done.
A neutral colour tone which is based around nature, for example, can conjure up relaxed feelings. In contrast, bright colourways can invoke a creative environment and a friendly atmosphere. Therefore, it may be worthwhile considering installing flooring with bright colourways in an art classroom to inspire pupils whilst installing neutral flooring in hallways.
It is of paramount importance that you use a professional, experienced installer when replacing the floor coverings within a school. Even when using a top-quality product, using the wrong installer can result in an inadequate and potentially unsafe installation. We suggest using a recommended installer with experience in educational establishment installation to ensure your project is completed on time and within budget.
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