Considerations for Resident / Common Areas
- Are there any known moisture issues with the substrate, have you tested or specified testing to determine this, and if so, what type of testing?
- Often a sharp contrast in color can appear as a hole or barrier as a person’s eyesight declines so this should be avoided.
- Subtle shifts in color or texture can be applied to differentiate areas or create “paths”.
- There should be a color contrast between floors and walls.
- Matte finishes can reduce glare and reduce confusion about whether a floor is wet or slippery.
- Transitions should be smooth, detail should be specified when transitioning between materials to reduce the hazards of uneven floors.
- Acoustic effects of the finish should be weighed with the planned use of the area in mind.