My home project this year is replacing wall-to-wall carpets with some kind of hard floor. If I had the budget, I’d be tempted to install heated floors, but that’s just the beginning of the high-tech choices one has for flooring these days. New high-tech floors do a lot more than support your weight. Imagine a gym floor made of glass with programmable lights underneath!
The German ASB GlassFloor is the world’s most advanced flooring system. It is constructed with an aluminium substructure and a custom-manufactured glass surface built of reinforced glass panels. It is the deal sports floor, but it also appropriate for a contemporary building design. The floor contains LED lines which can be changed on demand. It is also possible to simply turn them off completely. The glass is ceramic, with a semi-opaque finish which controls light reflection. The lighting elements are embedded within the substructure of the floor.
The floor is similar in texture to a traditional basketball court made of hardwood. There are ceramic dots burnt into the surface to provide friction and protection against slips. Players can dive for balls and interact the same way as they would on conventional floors.
There are also new floors that clean the air, put on their own light show, and keep Alzheimer’s patients safe. Read about all of them at Housely.