Specialty Floors

Specialty Floors Guide

Specialty flooring for the public space
Choosing the right specialty flooring is a top priority for interiors designers and specifiers to insure the well being of the work environment and provide special performance features in many public buildings. Slip resistances, sterility, ergonomics, acoustics, static-control and energy efficiency are only a few of the reasons for using specialty flooring in the workplace and public facilities. Also, compliance to legislation and municipal guidelines mandate specialty flooring products.

Slip and fall accidents are without a doubt the most critical safety aspect of flooring. To meet guidelines established by the ADA, slip-resistant floors must be installed in handicapped-accessible spaces. Slip resistance is described in terms of coefficient of friction (COF) ratings, with level surfaces needing a COF of 0.6 and ramps needing a COF of 0.8.

The use of specialty flooring is critical in healthcare market segment. Hospital operating rooms, laboratories, and critical care units need specialty flooring to ensure a sterile environment.  Specialty floor coverings play a critical role in making sure medical procedures are performed in sanitary environments. These floors are designed to limit, if not eliminate, surfaces where infection or micro-organisms can get a toehold. These include the growing category of antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antifungal floors. The physical composition of these floors is inherently more sanitary, and they are engineered to withstand rigorous maintenance materials and procedures that ensure continued sanitation.

Ergonomically, cushioned floor coverings provide personnel some measure of comfort when they must spend hours standing in one position or area. Acoustic floors make the workplace more effective by controlling overall sound transmission and absorption, and contribute to sound clarity and privacy in cubicle environments. Energy efficient buildings with few or no exterior windows benefit from special light reflective specialty flooring. These floors have built-in fluorescence and are designed to illuminate an area during a power failure. Static-control flooring protects equipment and, more importantly, people from the harmful effects of static by either dissipating the charge or conducting it safely away. In a growing number of cities and municipalities, using green building materials, including flooring, is mandated. This may include everything from floor ingredients to floor disposal and/or recycling programs.

Specialty flooring for the home
Specialty flooring offers attention grabbing choices when selecting a new floor for your home.  Specialty flooring has been used commercially for years, but has recently been introduced as a smart alternative for a residential interior. Specialty floors not only look smart but have enhanced physical characteristics and unique properties to fulfill the requirements of special spaces and niche areas of your home. To find great examples of specialty flooring just visit your favorite boutique or trendy uptown restaurant. Innovative interior designers and decorators are catching up to the benefits of using specialty flooring in many areas throughout the home. Specialty floors can transform an ordinary interior into an amazing, stimulating, and more enjoyable space. Some specialty floors used in the home are leather, metal, and concrete.

Specialty Floors

Top 12 Types of Specialty Floors


Slip Resistant Flooring

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Slip Resistant Flooring



See our collection slip resistant flooring brands like Johnsonite® Commerical Flooring, Flexco® Resilient Floors, Altro Floors, Gerflor Vinyl Flooring , and more... Click below to see our whole selection of slip resistant flooring brands!

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Athletic Surfaces

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Athletic Surfaces



See our collection athletic surfaces brands like Johnsonite® Commerical Flooring, Mondo® Commercial Flooring, Action Floor Systems®, and more... Click below to see our whole selection of athletic surfaces brands!

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Plastic-Laminate

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Plastic-Laminate

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Floor Heating System

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Floor Heating System

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Conductive Flooring

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Conductive Flooring



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Seamless/Fluid Applied

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Seamless/Fluid Applied

Many different seamless flooring materials are available. These are usually latex, polyester, urethane or epoxy compounds which are applied in liquid form to provide a completely seamless floor covering.

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Access Flooring

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Access Flooring

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Tile Flooring

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Tile Flooring

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Static Control Flooring

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Static Control Flooring

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Asphalt Plank Flooring

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Asphalt Plank Flooring

Asphalt plank flooring is made from a mixture of asphalt, fibers, modifiers, and mineral filler to produce a uniformly dense floor. It can be used anywhere from bridge decks to industrial floors with the ability to provide a long and satisfactory service.

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Floor Grating

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Floor Grating

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Stamped Concrete

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Stamped Concrete

Concrete or cement finished floor is also used for its ability to be treated for different feel and its durability, such as polished concrete. Epoxy resurfacing of concrete flooring is used to update or upgrade concrete floor surfaces.

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The Best 10 Specialty Floors Brands


Johnsonite Specialty Floors
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Johnsonite Specialty Floors

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Engineered to work most anywhere petroleum products, animal fats and vegetable oils are present. Defiant meets ASTM specifications D-471 for Oil and Grease Resistance and F-925 for Chemical Resistance to assure you the best protection available. Learn More

Forbo Flooring
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Forbo Flooring

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Forbo Industries..........Raising the standard for quality, beauty, safety, economy & service in flooring.Forbo Ind. has never lost sight of the importance of a high level of customer service or the significance of offering leading edge products to the market. Through our U.S. Headquarters in Hazleton, PA, we've made a major commitment to the facilities, people & inventory that make market leadership a reality. We want our customers to find it easy to do business with us before, during & after the purchase of our floor coverings. Learn More

Flexco® Resilient Floors
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Flexco® Resilient Floors

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At Flexco we help make your dreams come to life with flooring products that let you express fully your inspiration. Our extensive line of quality rubber and vinyl wall base, tile floors, and stair treads makes it easy to spec the perfect floor, every time. Learn More

Endura Rubber Flooring
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Endura Rubber Flooring

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Across the U.S., professionals have discovered the advantages of Endura rubber flooring over traditional materials for use in open-air and domed stadiums, arenas, performing arts centers, amphitheaters and convention centers. Architects, designers, facility owners and managers trust Endura to meet new demands for safety, durability, low maintenance and aesthetic appeal. Learn More

Altro Floors
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Altro Floors

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For over forty years, we have developed products for all walks of life.Altro Floors manufacture floor, wall and ceiling products for commercial, institutional and industrial applications. We have led the way in slip resistance with Altro safety flooring. Learn More

Mondo® Commercial Flooring
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Mondo® Commercial Flooring

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In commercial flooring as in sport flooring we focus our research on creating products that are ergonomically correct for the human body. Once we deliver on that front we play with colors and designs to achieve aesthetically pleasing results. Learn More

Gerflor Specialty Floors
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Gerflor Specialty Floors

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Gerflor is a group that creates, manufactures and markets innovative, decorative and eco-responsible solutions for flooring and interior finishes Learn More

R.C.A. Rubber Flooring
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R.C.A. Rubber Flooring

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With consistent attention to quality and service, R.C.A. Rubber has been a leader in fabricating sheet rubber transit flooring, entrance plates and step treads since the 1950's. Learn More

Racedeck Garage Flooring
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Racedeck Garage Flooring

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Based in Salt Lake City, Utah - Snap Lock Industries, Inc. is the industry leading manufacturer of interlocking modular flooring. Learn More

Upofloor
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Upofloor

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Upofloor offers a wide range of flooring materials suitable for many public and commercial areas, including those with especially high safety requirements. Learn More

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