The right choice of flooring work to be used in hospitals

People waiting outside the emergency room

A hospital will face a lot of demands when choosing a floor. These demands can be cleanliness, accessibility of the floor and enhancement of a healing environment. This decision is a crucial part of having a quality care centre. Read more to know the various flooring options and the requirements that hospital floors must meet.

Hospitals entrances

This is the first area patients, families and even visitors’ step on and sees in a hospital. The entrance helps a patient to know where to seek services. From the entrance look, a client is able to know how many patients there are in the hospital.

On this entrance look, you will have to put durable floor tiles that are welcoming. It reinforces your hospital design and creates a long-lasting impression. The best flooring for this entrance would be terrazzo or luxury vinyl tile.

Terrazzo is durable and requires little maintenance. This maintenance is not regular but once in a while. Moreover, it lasts for a long time. Luxury vinyl tile offers the same durability as terrazzo but it is more versatile.

Corridors and waiting bays

This is where the main work is because it is where people load things, stretchers are more often found in this area, equipment or medical carts can be spotted in this hallway. To minimize disruptions and inefficiency you can install more durable flooring like porcelain,  rubber or luxury vinyl tile. You can have different themes or pattern to help the patient identify different care centres.

Daylight curtains

Rubber and luxury vinyl tile are common in hospitals. It is because both corridor flooring features meet the requirement. Their features include easy installing. They have protective coatings that are resistant to scratches and scuffs.

They allow less maintenance, little water, and labour. Additionally, they have different textures, colour, and patterns. Luxury vinyl tile to be precise,   they have unique textures that are natural and smooth. 

Emergency and operating rooms

These rooms require strict follow up on the requirements. They are crucial rooms that have critical patients. Hence needs flooring that is not slippery. There is a need for it to be easy to clean.

You need to have a flooring that allows no dirt, easy to install and doesn’t allow fluids or particles to slip beneath it. Luxury vinyl tile, sheet, and linoleum flooring are the best to install in these rooms.


They need flooring that is stain resistant, no slipping and does not hide scuffs under it. The design of these floors should promote a relaxing mood and less stress. These flooring options include luxury vinyl tile and sheet.

Nurse workstation or the treatment area

It is the busiest station in the whole hospital. It is where patient and nurse staffs converge. It implies that the flooring should be accessible all hour of the day and night. The flooring should promote comfort to reduce stress.

To enhance this design most hospitals are no longer using linoleum or vinyl composition tile on these departments. They are using luxury vinyl tile, BBT (bio-based tile) and sheet tile flooring. They do have low organic volatile compounds.

Patients’ rooms

Floors in these rooms should portray home-like themes. It is a second home for patients and will make them feel better. It requires the floor to have different materials that are adhesive and easy installation methods. It is with the exception that they should not be aseptic floors.

Luxury vinyl tile, linoleum, and sheet are the best because they provide stone, tweed, wood among other natural materials. Not forgetting that they are durable and one can buy them at an affordable price. Most of these flooring have adopted the textile option. With this, you are able to feel the carpet.


McKinnley James

Author: McKinnley James

Renovations expert for over 15 years and avid blogger.