Flooring

 

Some individuals overlook the effect that flooring can have when it comes to accessible design. Like any other part of the home, there are design standards that come into play when considering flooring that is compliant with ADA guidelines. 

For starters, all floors must be stable, firm, and slip resistant to avoid as much risk as possible. Additionally, there are some more specific requirements such as:

  • There must be no more than ¼ inch change in level of any flooring.
  • The beveled edge of each flooring must not exceed ¼ inch as well.
  • A clear floor area of 30x48 inches minimum is always requires
  • Any openings in the floor or ground level shall not be wider than to allow ½ sphere to pass through.
  • Carpets shall remain level and the pile height shall be no more than ½ inch.

Keep in mind that flooring must remain consistent within any one space, but having a ramp or steps that leads to another entry can allow for changes. This would naturally call for more landings and the proper pathways to lead to the new entries. Flooring must always comply across the home if it wants to remain within the ADA standards. 

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