An architect or specifiers primary concerns when specifying for a medical facility include high frequency and aggressive cleaning due to the need for a sterile environment. They also require extreme durability that can withstand heavy foot traffic and portable medical equipment.
Although some of the healthcare and medical projects appear to be high-gloss and perhaps slippery, we have the ability to achieve coefficient of friction (COF) to meet or exceed ADA Flat Surfaces, ADA Inclined Surfaces, OSHA and NFPA requirements. Finish options include high-gloss, satin or matte. VCT does not offer any level of variable slip resistance, resulting in a higher probability of slip and fall accidents.
These seamless flooring systems ensure that there are no openings, voids or grout lines where dirt, bacteria or chemicals can become trapped. The non-permeable nature results in a fully anti-microbial floor with optional contiguous built-in cove base. Other choices include highly chemical resistant ‘novolac coatings’, electrostatic dissipative (ESD) coatings for highly sensitive electronic equipment rooms and even specialty engineered ‘urethane cement’ coatings for thermal shock resistant for areas subject to steam cleaning.