Nowadays, many seniors are deciding they want to live out their golden years in their home, as opposed to moving into an assisted living resistance. Known as "aging in place," this choice requires several key in-home necessities, one of which is ensuring there is proper, senior-friendly surfacing material in the house, like hardwood. If you or a loved one is looking to renovate for such a transition, Delair's Carpet Barn can help you decide which wood floor refinishing service to choose. Visit our East Montpelier, Vermont showroom and talk to our on-site experts about these ideal surfacing materials for aging seniors.

Solid or Engineered Wood
Sanitary and quick to maintain, these floors make it simpler for the elderly to keep their home easy to clean and free of potential tripping hazards. As they last a very long time, you can opt for a hardwood floor refinishing service instead of a full renovation, if your surfacing material isn't damaged in any way. If the wood planks are warped, have shrunk, or are worn too thin, you'll need to replace them altogether. But if they're in good shape and just need a new coat of varnish, then there's no reason not to save on renovations and go with wood floor refinishing.

Wall-to-Wall Carpeting
Another popular option for seniors is wall-to-wall carpeting, and for good reason. Not only does it provide an excellent cushioned underfoot material that doesn't cause trips or slips, but it also creates a soft landing in the event that someone does fall. Short to mid-cut pile is best for aging in place, as they are both smooth, even coverings, thus making it easier for people to walk across its surface. Additionally, wall-to-wall carpet makes seniors feel safer, particularly in bedrooms, since many worry about tripping and falling. For those middle-of-the-night bathroom runs, there's nothing as warm and comforting as carpeting on bare feet.

Yet another great choice for the elderly is cork flooring. Although you may not think it's the most appealing surfacing material, modern-day cork is actually quite fashionable. But the best qualities of this option is its insulating properties and slightly cushioned surfacing. Though not as cushioned as wall-to-wall carpeting, cork is a "softer" type of floor. Waterproof, easy-to-maintain, and available in a wide range of colors, cork may just be exactly what you're looking to purchase!