Health-Care Flooring for the New Normal

Savvy specification helps patients, staff, and the bottom line in challenging times
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Sponsored by Ecore
By Kathy Price-Robinson

Specifying the Right Flooring Product for the Application

The key to savvy specification of flooring for health-care settings is to identify the needs of the client and how the specification will impact staff, patients, and residents. With the basic assumption that the flooring must meet performance standards for durability, maintainability, and both static and rolling load weights, other priorities to consider include:

Key: √ = important, √ √ = very important, √ √ √ = critically important


As we have seen, there are many challenges in a health-care setting, and recent events have only heightened our awareness of these challenges. We have also seen that flooring can be part of the solution to these problems.

The bar has been raised on what flooring can do, and higher expectations must be met. New technologies in flooring can directly affect the well-being of staff, patients, and the bottom line. As a result, engineered, resilient performance surfaces featuring a VCR backing that are durable, easy to maintain, contribute to mobility, reduce noise, are hygienic, and create a safer environment must be specified in health-care applications. With this data-based knowledge, architects, designers, and specifiers now have the information they need to bring benefits to everyone who comes into contact with a health-care setting.

With data-based knowledge, architects, designers, and specifiers can choose flooring that reduces noise, creates a more hygienic environment, contributes to mobility, increases safety, and is durable and easy to maintain.

End Notes

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Ecore At Ecore, we are driven by this question: Can a floor do more? We believe the answer is YES! We are building our company and the products we offer based on the simple notion that floors should elevate beyond current expectations. We engineer performance well beyond industry standards related to acoustics, ergonomics, and safety.


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Originally published in Architectural Record
Originally published in January 2021