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DEMENTIA FRIENDLY BATHROOMS WITH VINYL WALLS AND WALLS.

With a focus on the refurbishment, Coverite has renovated many bathrooms in the healthcare industry. A majority of our clients choose the vinyl floor and wall option. Here are a few questions our team get asked on a regular basis regarding vinyl floors and walls for healthcare facility bathrooms.

DOES THE WALL VINYL YOU USE PEEL AND BUBBLE?

Coverite use only 2mm wall vinyl in our bathroom refurbishments. This prevents the vinyl from bubbling and peeling like traditional vinyl bathrooms. The wall vinyl used in the majority of our bathroom refurbishments is an Armstrong product made here in Australia.


HOW EASY IS A VINYL BATHROOM TO CLEAN?

The short answer is: easy, very easy! With completely flat surfaces on the walls and floors, a simple mop of the floor and wipe of the walls will have your vinyl bathroom clean!


HOW DO YOU JOIN THE WALL VINYL TO THE FLOOR VINYL?

When joining wall vinyl to floor vinyl there are two options.

  1. The first option is an overlap, this is where the floor vinyl is coved 200mm up the wall, the wall vinyl then overlaps this by 50mm, leaving 150mm of coved floor vinyl showing. This is recommended where there is a risk of minor building movement or settlement
  2. The second option is a welded seam between the floor cove and wall vinyl, this leaves a smooth flush joint.


DOES THE VINYL GO ALL THE WAY TO THE CEILING?

Yes, the vinyl runs from the floor cove to the ceiling and is finished off with a seal to base of cornice or square set ceiling.

Are vinyl bathrooms less expensive to tiled? Yes, they are generally around 10-15% less expensive than a traditional tiled bathroom.


WHAT IS THE ADVANTAGE OF VINYL OVER TILES?

There are a number of advantages of a vinyl bathrooms over tiled bathrooms, including:

  • Cost – vinyl bathrooms are up to 10-15% cheaper than a tiled bathroom
  • Hygiene – smooth surfaces do not catch dirt and scum
  • Cleaning – vinyl Bathrooms are grout free, making cleaning easy. Instead of scrubbing, a simple wipe over can have your bathroom clean.


HOW DO WE GET THE BENEFITS OF VINYL BATHROOMS WITHOUT LOOKING INSTITUTIONAL OR BORING?

A great way to achieve an attractive looking vinyl bathroom is to add a vision or feature strip. This strip contrasts against the white wall vinyl and can be done in any 2mm homogeneous vinyl; although the popular option is to use the same vinyl as on the floor.


HOW DO COVERITE’S VINYL BATHROOM REFURBISHMENTS COMPLY WITH DEMENTIA DESIGN?

Being a healthcare specialist, Coverite is often asked how we cater to dementia patients when we refurbish a bathroom.

Here are a few steps on how Coverite can increase the security of your dementia patients:

  • Vinyl vision strips on the walls can be placed in 2 or 3 main areas to make them stand out, the shower area, behind the toilet and behind the wash basin. The purpose is to give residents feeling disoriented, a focus point in the bathroom that can act as a space definer or a guide to the toilet, basin or shower.
  • A contrasting coloured toilet seat
  • Task lighting – also placed over toilet, basin and shower
  • Soft lighting to ensure shadows are removed
  • Sensor lighting that detects movementUse of traditional style fixtures and fittings – this helps with dementia patients as they usually retain their long-term memory
  • Flooring that is not patterned or contain flecks – this can be perceived as dirt or something that needs to be picked up therefore creating a further falls risk
  • Contact us today to discuss our vinyl dementia friendly bathrooms.


Why choose Coverite to improve your bathroom renovations?

We’re committed to planning, designing and refurbishing facilities that enhance every aspect of living for aged care residents.

  • Coverite has been doing this for more than 45 years.
  • We deliver your project on-time and within budget
  • You remain operational while we plan, design and construct your spaces (there’s little disruption to your workflow).
  • Our approach is innovative from concept to completion.
  • We never compromise on quality.We always honour building codes and government regulations.


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