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Rubber Flooring: The Best Surface for Wheelchair Users

According to the English Federation of Disability Sport, there are around 1.2 million wheelchair users in the UK – roughly 2 percent of the UK’s population. A significant portion of people with disabilities cannot leave their homes independently; a lot of today’s infrastructures remain inaccessible to them.

There are a number of obstacles affecting wheelchair accessibility and one of the major contributors is flooring: rough surfaces make wheelchair travel more difficult due to vibrations and carpets make wheelchairs difficult to push and manoeuvre. So, what are the alternatives?

Surface Types for Wheelchair Users

Your choice of flooring has a direct impact on a wheelchair’s movability. Here are the top options for disability-friendly surfaces that will make life easier for those who have mobility restrictions:


Remember, the harder the wood, the less likely it will show signs of wear. Oak, Hickory and Maple are among the hardest woods in accordance with the Janka hardness test – a scale that rates the relative hardness of wood.

Glossy hardwood finishes can be slippery; they are also susceptible to scratches and can warp with continued contact with moisture/liquid.

Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring usually replicates other floor materials. The top layer is a photographic layer with wear protection that can look like wood, vinyl or tiles. Relatively cheaper, it is available in a multitude of designs and is long-lasting.

Laminate flooring does have its drawbacks: it can amplify sounds such as footsteps and it may contain chemicals that can trigger allergies.

Ceramic Tiles

Tiles are available in various designs, colours and textures. They are low maintenance and can last for years.

The downside is their non-resilience. Grout lines can also become unsightly as they accumulate dirt and dust over time.

Rubber Flooring

Accessible flooring should be stable, firm and slip resistant – these qualities alone make rubber flooring 100% suitable for wheelchair users.

Beneficial properties include:

  • Excellent traction for wheelchair users
  • Soft surface creates cushioning in the event of a fall
  • Slip-resistance makes it favourable for anyone dealing with balance and mobility issues
  • Low maintenance reduces time-consuming efforts for upkeep
  • Durable and hard wearing, it can withstand constant wheelchair traffic

Coruba provides affordable and high quality rubber flooring for your mobility needs. For assistance, call us on 01702 560194.

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