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Buildings, such as schools, hospitals, and prisons have unique flooring needs due to the high volume of foot traffic, the potential for spills and accidents and the need for a clean and hygienic environment.

Some common considerations when choosing flooring solutions include:

Durability and Wear Resistance

Public sector buildings often experience a high volume of foot traffic, so the flooring must be durable and able to withstand heavy wear and tear. Options such as carpet tiles, vinyl, linoleum, and resin flooring are known for their durability and ability to maintain their appearance over time.

Slip Resistance

Slippery floors are a major safety hazard, especially in areas where spills or water is common, such as restrooms, kitchens, and cafeterias. Slip-resistant flooring is essential to prevent accidents and ensure the safety of building occupants. Safety vinyl and resin flooring with textured surfaces can provide excellent slip resistance.

Ease of Maintenance

A well designed entrance matting solution will support property managers with controlling floorcovering cleaning and maintenance costs.

Hygiene and Sanitation

There is an increasing focus on maintaining a high standard of hygiene to prevent the spread of germs and illnesses, particularly for those in the healthcare environment. Flooring materials that are non-porous and easy to clean, such as vinyl and linoleum are ideal for these environments.

Aesthetics and Design

While durability and functionality are essential, aesthetics also plays a role in creating a welcoming and inviting environment. Flooring can be used to enhance the overall design and create a positive impression on visitors.

Some common flooring solutions for different types of buildings include:


Carpet tiles and vinyl in acoustic and safety formats are a popular choice for schools due to their durability, ease of maintenance, and variety of colors and patterns.

Rubber flooring is a good option for classrooms, playrooms, and gymnasiums due to its shock-absorbing properties and slip resistance.


Vinyl, linoleum and resin provide robust flooring solutions in demanding prison environments.

Housing Associations

Carpet and vinyl remain common choices in social housing. They are warm and easy to install, clean and maintain.


A wide range of floorcovering materials can be used across the healthcare estate, matched by their durability, chemical resistance and specific function. Solutions include vinyl, safety vinyl, rubber and linoleum.

Care Homes

Vinyl flooring is widely used in hospitals and healthcare facilities due to its non-porous surface, which is easy to clean and disinfect.

Local Authorities

Carpet tiles are a popular choice for government offices due to their ability to absorb sound and create a more comfortable and professional atmosphere.

LVT is also a good option for government offices, as they are durable, easy to maintain, and come in a variety of styles.

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