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With the average school term in the UK lasting 195 days (or 39 weeks of the year) from wet winters to dry summers, school flooring endures a year-round strain. Prepare for a seamless transition by upgrading 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, you can rely on TradeChoice Carpet & Flooring to make your job easier. We can offer 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, TradeChoice Carpet & Flooring are always on hand with knowledgeable staff and a reliable service, to do whatever it takes and to provide you with a great deal more when it comes to flooring.
Here, we offer our suggestions for selecting the most suitable flooring options for an educational environment, along with additional factors to consider when making flooring decisions.
Recommended Flooring Types:
Given that students engage in a diverse array of subjects ranging from the arts and sciences to design and technology, which often require movement within the classroom, prioritizing safety is crucial. This is particularly important in preventing slips and falls, as the presence of debris and spills on the floor can be relatively common.
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.
Given the unpredictable nature of the UK weather, which often involves experiencing several seasons in a single day, it is highly likely that students entering a building from outside may neglect to wipe their feet. As a result, moisture and debris from outdoors are inadvertently brought indoors.
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. Additionally, fibre-bonded carpets offer not only durability but also a range of attractive colour options, allowing you to create an inviting environment for both students 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; brilliant for helping develop a quiet space for learning and teaching in classrooms and when installed in hallways, preventing noise reverberating around the school. 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.
Moreover, in the event of a spill or accidental paint drop on a tile, it can be replaced individually, eliminating the need to re-lay the entire floor area. This not only saves unnecessary expense but also reduces the effort involved in maintenance.
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:
Thinking about how the colour choice of floor covering can have an impact on pupil or staff 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 a good idea. 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.
To obtain further information regarding TradeChoice Carpet & Flooring’s wide range of flooring products specifically
designed for educational settings or to request flooring samples, you can contact us by using any of the following contact methods:
Telephone: 01527 511860