Toronto, Canada, May 13, 2015 – Centura Tile (www.Centura.ca), North America’s premier distributor of both residential and commercial floor and wall fashions, is reminding hospitals and other healthcare facilities that the upcoming summer months are the best time to update their flooring.
"When the weather is good, hospitals don't see as many patients, so it’s a good time to consider remodelling projects," says Ross Keltie, Centura Tile's Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "Hospital floors and many health care facilities need to support staff and patients with various conditions at the same time—it's not just about a non-slip floor. For example, matte colours don't have much glare so they're easier on patients with poor eyesight, but more importantly, floors have to be safe and easy to clean."
Soft or minimal graphic patterns are best since high-contrast busy designs can be visually disorienting and make patients dizzy, Keltie continues explaining: "You want a simple or minimalist pattern, if one at all. And flooring should be able to withstand a lot of weight even in low-traffic areas to accommodate all the heavy equipment and beds being wheeled around hospitals.”
Keltie also points out that sterility is essential for hospitals too: “Flooring should have a smooth texture without gaps or crevices for both safety and cleaning purposes. Non-porous materials are less water absorbent and certain finishes can make the tiles anti-microbial as well. Rubber or vinyl sheet goods or tiles are recommended for any health facility that wants a safe and resistant surface.”
"The initial cost is one thing, but you must consider costs in maintenance and repairs over the lifetime of the product. This is why we recommend buying the best quality product possible. It needs to keep integrity when being cleaned frequently by powerful chemicals and disinfectants and supporting heavy traffic,” Keltie concludes.
Centura offers some of the best flooring for healthcare applications. The Amtico rubber and flooring lines can be found at http://www.centura.ca/commercial/amtico-rubber-vinyl-flooring/. Roppe’s rubber and vinyl can be browsed at http://www.centura.ca/commercial/roppe-rubber-vinyl-flooring-resilent-flooring/.
Centura Tile has been a staple of interior design throughout Canada since 1933. Its showroom hosts a wide selection of floor tiles at affordable prices for use in commercial and health facilities. Contact Centura Tile to learn more about the benefits and utility provided by different types of tile.