How to Protect Your Walls from Wheelchair Damage

If you are a commercial property developer, protecting your walls from wheelchair damage is essential. Wheelchairs can cause severe damage to unprotected walls, so it’s best that you take the necessary precautions.

There are several ways to protect your walls, including wall crash rails, and it is vital to use the right type for your specific situation. Here are some tips on how to protect your walls from wheelchair damage.

Choose the right paint

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Like all design choices, picking the right paint for your building is about functionality and aesthetic appeal. Wheelchair wheels can leave significant scuff marks on your walls, and even a slight bump can cause damage to inferior paints.

If you’re painting an area with high foot traffic where wheelchairs will frequently be, you should consider using scuff resistant paint. As the name suggests, this paint is designed to withstand damage and is less likely to mark from impact.

Scuff resistant paint comes in a wide range of finishes, and the general rule is the higher the sheen, the more scuff-resistant your colour will be. However, you need to consider the surface you’re painting onto, among other factors. Our advice is to talk to a professional painter about scuff resistant paint. They’ll be able to assess the specifics of your situation and come up with the best paint option for you.

Add wall protection panels

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Wall protection panels are an easy, non-invasive way of protecting your walls from wheelchair damage. A wall protection panel is designed to cover a wall-length, for example, a hallway, from harm. Scuffs and paint damage can come from various sources, including wheelchairs, doors, moving furniture and general day to day activities. Therefore, investing in wall guards could save you a fortune in repairs.

In the last few years, hygiene has become more critical than ever. Wall protection panels are easy to clean, making them a hygienic and safe choice for food preparation areas and ideal for spaces with vulnerable people.

Wall protection comes in various styles and sizes and is made from a wide range of materials, including stainless steel and PVC. As wall and door protection specialists, we have a range of styles. Choose from the clean, minimalist look to a wild and colourful one. Whatever your needs are, we can customise your wall protection accordingly.

Wall protection will give you peace of mind and save you money for a small investment. 

Install corner guards and edge protectors

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The corner of your wall is a vulnerable area for collisions. Hitting a corner is an easy mistake to make when misjudging a turn. Corner guards are a permanent and straightforward way to protect wall corners from being damaged by accidental bumps from wheelchairs. They come in a range of sizes and colours and are made from stainless steel, rubber, and PVC materials.

If you’re working in a high traffic area, installing a corner guard will pay for itself. A decent hit from a wheelchair can cause scuff marks, scratches and chips in an unprotected wall, all of which take time and money to fix. 

At Rootex, we have a wide range of corner guards that can traverse long wall lengths, corners, doorways and more. Additionally, they can come with various safety features, including stainless steel finishes and contrast strips. We have the expertise to find the perfect corner guard for your building.

Use a wheelchair ramp

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Ramps are a great way to make your business more accessible for anyone using a wheelchair. In addition, a well-designed ramp can go a long way in preventing any accidents and injuries.

Like most renovations, installing a wheelchair ramp requires planning. You’ll need to consider the following carefully:

  • Who is the ramp for? For example, a home ramp won’t need to cater for the variety of people a business will. Accessibility to as many people as possible is vital for companies.
  • Space limitations: Odds are you’ll have a limited area to work with. This is where hiring a contractor will come in handy.
  • Adequate width: Finding the correct width will best serve your customers. 
  • The angle of your ramp: Ideally, the ramp needs to be steeper than 1:20 but no steeper than 1:14.

Taking the above considerations into account will make your ramp more accessible. In addition, the easier your ramp is to use, the less chance there is of injury or damage to your walls. 

Get creative with your walls

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Protecting your walls doesn’t have to come at the cost of style! At Rootex, we understand you want your place to look great for everyone who visits. So, for anyone wanting to get creative, we have our DecoPrint range of Wall Protectors. We can add an image or pattern of your choice to your wall protection panel with digital printing. Great for anywhere with children or if you want to capture a particular theme.

All our products come in a wide range of materials and colours. Wall protection and corner guards can make your area look cleaner and sleeker with some know-how. Protect your walls, and make your business safer, all while sprucing it up? Not a bad deal.

Looking to protect your walls from wheelchairs? Rootex are the wall and door protection specialists with a wide range of options from wall protectors, corner guards and edge protectors. We’d love to discuss how to protect your walls, so why not give us a phone call on 0400 660 671 or email Callum today!