In the hall, the flooring is a matter of consideration

When choosing a floor covering in the hallway between appearance and stress is weighed. As a business card of the entrance to the living area, other considerations are often decisive as in functional corridors outside the visitor traffic. Every floor covering has properties that are prejudicial and disadvantageous in the hallway.

General considerations

The location and expected use of the corridor creates many specific requirements for the flooring. If the corridor joins as an entrance to an exterior entrance, seasonally dependent "entrainment" should be considered. If street shoes are worn all over the country, different loading criteria should be applied than for the main entry in slippers, running socks or barefoot.

This is directly related to the heat of stepping of the floor covering and the sound development. As a much used, mostly central room, cleanability is another important factor. Depending on the load expectation, abrasion resistance and possibly uneven loading must be taken into account. Some flooring materials tend to develop visible "footpaths".

Optically, the floor covering in the hall should be adapted to the personal taste and interior design style. Here, aspects such as optical broadening can also be incorporated. The floor coverings of the adjoining rooms are often aesthetically important, especially with open passageways or frequently open doors.

abrasion classes

All floor coverings offered in Germany are divided into wear or service classes. Depending on the material, they differ slightly, but in all cases they are scaled in five or six stages. In general, the highest class for private room use or the lowest class for commercial use should be chosen as floor covering for an entrance hallway.

Properties of the materials

In addition to the abrasion classes three or four, special attention should be paid to the impact sound and slip resistance of tiles. The water absorption capacity must comply with the valid standards. Structured surfaces are not recommended for cleaning in busy corridors.

When considering whether laminate should be preferred to tiles, attention must be paid to humidity, including plaster, with the exception of use classes 23 or 31.

Parquet and wooden floorboards must be sealed in accordance with the type of floor in order to achieve the appropriate abrasion factor. Elastic and textile floor coverings such as felt, cork, linoleum, natural fibers, carpet and vinyl must reach service classes 23 or 31. They are rarely recommended near entrance corridors.

Tips & Tricks

By combining two floor coverings you can realize a separation of the corridor areas. Popular are "Schuhausziehzonen" directly at the front door and a subsequent "warmer" surface.

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