Specifications for education facilities usually focus on these requirements:

  • Ease of cleaning

  • Safety underfoot

  • Stimulating colour tones

  • Environmental friendliness (especially if the building is specified to Green Star)




Vinyl is great for any space, wet or dry, requiring a totally durable, very easy to clean surface.   Tarkett vinyl comes in a huge array of colours, from neutral greys and beiges to bright red, yellow, blue, green and even purple, and can easily be cut on site to form patterns.  Wood-look vinyl also looks good.  Tarkett vinyl has the GreenTag eco-label (Gold, Level A), as well as Best Practice PVC certification, both of which may be used to gain Green Star credits.




Linoleum is a fantastic choice for environmental friendliness - it is constructed entirely from natural resources.  Tarkett linoleum has a number of European eco-labels, plus the Australian Ecospecifier GreenTag (Gold, Level A) so may be used to gain Green Star credits.  Note linoleum may not be used in wet areas.




More schools are using carpet on their classroom floors, finding it to be a quiet, comfortable solution.  Shaw Color Form and Color Frame carpet tiles are popular for adding splashes of solid colour into a room.  For classrooms a cushion-backed carpet tile like Shaw Ecologix can be considered for improved underfoot comfort.



Carpet can also be used in lobbies and corridors.  For entranceways coming from outside we strongly recommend entrance matting is used, to absorb excess water from shoes.


Click here to download Shaw Contract Group's Education Solutions brochure, and find out how carpet:

* reduces leg and eye fatigue

* regulates temperature

* improves acoustics

* provides a hard-wearing surface

* has a superb life-cycle cost

* improves safety

* improves indoor air quality

* is sustainable and recyclable

* does all this and looks great!


For more information on any of these products, or to discuss your Education specification, please contact your local Jacobsen expert.