what kind of floors with wheelchair
We need some advice. We are in the middle of a MAJOR whole house remodel and getting serious about the flooring to use. Our issue...our daughter lives with us and is a 'quad' big power wheelchair user and has a golden retreiver service dog. We keep the dog's nails trimmed and filed smooth but the wheelchair is sort of like having a miniature car in the house. At our old house, we had red oak, real hardwood floors with four coats of moisture cure. The wheelchair entry was the not covered and she entered into the living room from a ramped deck. Sometimes she would bring in enough soil and mud on her tires after being in the yard we could swear that peas would grow in our living room. When we sold last fall, the floors still looked beautiful after 7 years of hard living. (Now she enters the house through the garage to pantry to kitchen then future hardwood.) We like heavy 'lineoleum' or vinyl for the kitchen and bathrooms. It has worked well in the past and surely will continue to. We are taking up slippery shiny white ceramic tile in the kitchen (doesn't work with the dog or with the potential of injury if she falls and ohmygod the dirt!) So we think we should probably do red oak hardwood/moisture cure again in everything but the kitchen and baths. We're being told and reading that the prefinished hardwood floors are actually even more durable than unfinished due to aluminum oxide finish. And prefinished is beveled...we at first thought the bevel would be a bad thing but when we think about it, maybe it would be good if some of the small junk that falls from her chair and is on the floor until we can get it cleaned up, will actually fall into the bevel instead of staying on the flat surface. In the new finished basement we are leaning towards glueless snap lock style 'hardwood' floor. She will rarely be downstairs. She would have to go out the front garage down to the lower rear garage door via paved drive and in through that garage. Downstairs houses our business/office. Sorry for this being so long winded but would really like to hear from anyone who has any experience with wheelchair issues on floors, what kind of floors they are having success with. Anyone care to share an opinion please? Thanks.