Floor With A Phwoar
Decorative vinyl flooring and LVTs are attactive with loads of benefits. Here are some leading suppliers:
Altro has launched new products designed to offer a holistic approach to interior design.
They include safety flooring, smooth flooring, new acoustic flooring and wall cladding, with colour palettes designed to complement, mix and match.
Altro Wood Safety is a wood-look, sparkle-free safety flooring that replaces Altro Timbersafe II.
Wood Safety has a palette of 12 designs, said to enable a mood to vary from cool and classy for spas and hospital receptions, to warm and nurturing for the hospitality and care sectors.
The sparkle-free finish is said to make it suitable for application in dementia settings.
The lighter shades create the impression of space in school halls and canteen areas which can have low ceilings.
Wood Safety benefits from Altro Easyclean Maxis PUR technology for optimum long-term cleaning and maintenance performance.
Wood Smooth shares its palette with Wood Safety, so the products can be installed alongside each other without compromising on aesthetics. Wood Smooth is easy to clean and maintain, whilst its flexibility makes it easy to install and weld.
Wood Smooth Acoustic is a new smooth range for use in areas where noise reduction will help improve the wellbeing of users.
It is available in four colours to match the Wood Smooth and Wood Safety palette with 18dB sound absorption.
Altro Zodiac Smooth flooring has a solid look featuring 24 neutral and vibrant colours and is said to be suitable in large areas.
These flooring ranges are complemented by Altro Whiterock Satins wall cladding available in 16 new colours with a solid matt finish and the established Whiterock Chameleon high gloss range now with four new colours. www.altro.co.uk
Atkinson & Kirby offers LivLoc Luxury Click vinyl tiles reportedly designed ‘to be loved by your feet’.
The surface of the tile is said to feel warmer under foot than a ceramic tile. Thanks to its click system it is quick and easy to install.
Water resistant, it is suitable for bathrooms, kitchens and all moisture sensitive areas.
With fiberglass reinforcement and 0.5mm wearlayer it can be used in both residential and commercial environments.
Livloc Luxury Click vinyl tiles are described as practical and hardwearing, while also giving a sophisticated look.
Available in natural stone effect tiles and wood effect planks, the tiles are depicted as combining the authenticity and beauty of a natural product with the rugged durability of vinyl technology.
Furthermore, Livloc Luxury Click vinyl tiles come with 25 years residential and 10 year commercial warranties.
The sales team are geared up to offer expert advice. Free samples are available. www.livloc.co.uk
Distinctive Flooring now offers a comprehensive plank and tile luxury vinyl tile range with a commercial rating equipped for the project market following its launch of the Classics Nordic collection late last year.
This new range has reportedly ‘opened doors’ on commercial installations where combining high specification and competitive pricing are key in securing client confidence in all areas of the contract market.
The core range is supported by Classics Nordic Click locking system duplicating decors while allowing for a floating, commercially rated alternative to the direct stick option.
This in turn is suitable when a ‘not so perfect’ floor is evident and speed is of the essence.
With the addition of the latest ranges, Distinctive Flooring boasts being able to offer 85 decor options for the commercial market combining exclusive designs with competitive pricing. www.distinctiveflooring.co.uk
Gerflor which says it offers technically superb and visually attractive flooring for every room in a sports and leisure complex, includes among its client list such market leaders as David Lloyd Leisure, Wigan Warriors RLFC and Loughborough University.
Whether it’s an Olympic-standard indoor sports surface, flooring for gyms and weight rooms, or something stylish and functional for offices, meeting rooms, treatment rooms, reception areas, changing rooms, staircases, shower blocks, kitchens and cafeterias, international vinyl flooring specialist, Gerflor says it has the right solution for your particular application.
Gerflor’s wide range of designs, described as hard-wearing, hygienic and low-maintenance, are said to offer designers and specifiers choice, value and a sophisticated appearance in line with consumers’ expectations. www.gerflor.co.uk
Harvey Maria, the independent luxury vinyl floor specialist, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.
Vinyl floor tiles are said to be easy to clean, slip resistant, and 100% waterproof.
The tough, durable finish is also resistant to scuffs and scratches, bacteria, dust mites and allergens, while also being suitable for underfloor heating. www.harveymaria.co.uk
Itec Contract Floors says its acoustic flooring offers ‘the power of silence’.
The company’s decorative and acoustic flooring for residential, care and social housing environments can reportedly provide a welcoming and home-like environment while still maintaining the low maintenance and durability required by these locations.
The Axento Design, Axento Timber, Silento and Optimise ranges deliver a home-like style with the additional benefit of sound reduction up to 19dB, creating a quieter ambience for residents.
From the ‘bright contemporary tones’ of Optimise and Axento Design to the oak styles of Axento Timber, Itec acoustic flooring is reportedly suitable for public and private areas alike.
With its Hyperguard+ technology designed to require no specialist maintenance, the Itec acoustic flooring is claimed to eliminate the need for special underlayment or acoustic-reduction subfloor systems in multi-level dwellings, without sacrificing day-to-day functionality or ease of maintenance.
With chemical resistance and reportedly achieving Commercial Heavy wear rating under EN 685, Axento Design, Axento Timber and Silento are described as being more than capable of withstanding use in even the busiest of residential care environments.
‘Creating the right ambience is an essential for residents, and acoustic finishes from Itec Contract Floors are a great way to make sure the floor is doing its part,’ says Jason Barrett, national sales manager, Itec Contract Floors.
‘It not only helps to create a more home-like visual appearance while avoiding an institutionalised feel, our acoustic floors significantly reduce nuisance noise.’
The Itec acoustic floors are also compatible with the Invisiweld installation system designed to creates a watertight yet almost invisible join for a better appearance.
The products reportedly also benefit from R10 slip restraint and are available from distributors nationwide. www.itecfloors.co.uk
Moduleo has launched 16 new finishes in its Transform luxury vinyl flooring range. Moduleo, part of Europe’s largest flooring manufacturer the IVC Group, has expanded its portfolio to include new styles that reflect the latest interior trends.
David Bigland, md of Moduleo UK and Eire comments:
‘Our new products comprise a range of additional colours as well as some completely new finishes.
‘This includes a collection of Jura Stone tiles which offer even more detailed stone patterns and textures, as well as our Azuriet collection.
‘Our Azuriet range has metallic hues suspended within the stone to make the floor sparkle and create a real wow factor in any room.’
The expanded range will offer six new wood finishes as well as introducing 10 new stone products to the Transform collection.
‘We hope that these new products will provide a real boost to retailers and installers, who will now be able to offer an even wider range of outstanding products’, David adds.
Moduleo exhibited at Domotex in January, where it showcased these latest additions to the Transform range.
The company will also provide a sneak peak at a new collection due to be launched in the spring.
David concludes: ‘The new additions to the Transform range confirm our position as a flooring manufacturer that can meet the changing demands of our retailers and consumers whilst reflecting our commitment to bringing the most authentic looking products to the market.’
Moduleo produces a diverse range of vinyl floor tiles in a large selection of colours and finishes.
These are available in both a traditional LVT construction as well as a simple-to-install Click system which hold a strong consumer appeal due to their added flexibility.
By investing in innovative manufacturing techniques, Moduleo believes it is at the forefront of this industry whilst also offering an environmentally-friendly option for consumers. www.moduleo.co.uk
Plastivan has launched a new waterproof collection of LVT flooring under the brand name Viligno, created to combine the advantages of vinyl with the authentic and aesthetic looks of natural materials, such as stone and wood.
Viligno flooring is 4mm thick which enables it to be placed on top of existing floors.
It also comes with the patented Uniclic system, designed to make it easy to install.
The collection is available in a series of seven woodgrain and three tile designs with matching skirtings.
The company states that its Viligno flooring will look amazing in any setting, whether domestic or commercial and as it is 100% waterproof it is suitable for kitchens, bathrooms and toilets.
Confident of the quality and durability of its products, the company is offering a 20 year domestic and 10 year commercial use guarantee on the full range, which includes flooring that is waterproof, low maintenance, durable, noise reducing, comfortable and environmentally friendly. www.plastivan.co.uk
Polyflor says the continued growth of its established Expona LVT brand. The collection includes Expona Control, Commercial and Design which comprises 83 colour options across two specifications.
Expona Design PUR incorporates a 0.7mm wearlayer, whereas Expona Commercial PUR features a 0.55mm wearlayer.
Polyflor says it has meticulously aligned the collections to today’s material trends, with an extensive range of colours, materials and surface textures to meet the demands of heavy commercial environments.
Expona Control is claimed to be the world’s first LVT with the performance of a HSE compliant safety floor offering sustainable wet slip resistance, supported with 0.7mm wearlayer.
The 14 colour collection features authentic wood and stone designs while reportedly achieving the required slip resistance through the inclusion of aggregate throughout the wearlayer. www.polyflor.com
Tarkett reports that its new Safetred Design Collection doesn’t follow the adage that function comes before form.
Continuing the company’s stated reputation for manufacturing beautifully designed yet high-performance flooring, the range has been created using high-end design principles while still delivering the benefits of slip-resistant safety flooring.
The new collection includes 26 designs, a Loose Lay construction option and comes with a range of accessories to make the fitting process easier.
Steve Urwin, UK marketing manager for Tarkett, said: ‘Our Safetred Design Collection offers a complete package of commercial safety flooring solutions with fresh, aesthetically pleasing features.
‘We have created a decorative safety flooring toolkit that we feel will be very useful to architects, specifiers and contractors.’
Available for the first time are ceramic effect tiles as well as the popular wood and stone visuals.
Steve says: ‘The collection is visually striking and design-led.
‘It comes in three constructions including a textile backed loose lay version which can be installed over subfloors up to 90%RH and an option with an acoustic foam backing.’
Sitting alongside the range is a selection of suitable accessories including Tarkospray, a commercial grade aerosol adhesive, and VS100 ventilated skirting, which helps subfloor moisture evaporate over time.
Steve adds: ‘We’re sure the Safetred Design Collection will be well-received by specifiers and installers alike as what we’re offering here is a truly decorative solution for every application.
‘This range will also still benefit from our special ultimate flexibility formulation, making it easy to handle even in cold conditions.’
Manufactured in the UK, the Safetred Design Collection uses a minimum 37% recycled content and is claimed to be the first sustainable safety flooring available in a tile design.
The 26 colours are available in three constructions: Compact, Loose Lay and Acoustic – said to be suitable for any application in schools, hospitality and leisure centres, housing, hospitals and care homes. www.tarkett.co.uk
Upofloor reports that its LifeLine product is a new type of PVC and plasticiser-free floorcovering. First launched in 2004, LifeLine is developed for heavy commercial applications, including schools, shops, hospitals and care homes.
As well as offering an ethical surface option, in a range of designs, the product is also classified in the highest wear resistance group T. And its impermeable ionomer surface reportedly repels dirt for easy maintenance.
The flooring is manufactured in Finland from natural minerals and thermoplastic polymers that are said to be entirely free of PVC and plasticisers.
They are also reportedly free from chlorine and other halogens. And tests carried out by the Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) found no volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
The floor surface and colour are also claimed to withstand strong chemicals without any alteration in appearance.
And does it act as a substrate for bacterias, such as MRSA, says the company. It reportedly also has good fire resistance properties and is 100% recyclable.
The flooring range includes an array of alternatives across the following collections: LifeLine CS monochrome-style sheet flooring in 48 tones; LifeLine LT Luxury Tiles in 12 authentic wood-effect designs and 50x50cm LifeLine tiles which feature a chip pattern and are suitable for areas subject to extremely high traffic, such as schools and department store entrances.
Seven tile designs are also available in sheet format, within the LifeLine Forte collection. All formats are 2mm thick and can be mixed and matched to create a multitude of designs.
This article has been reproduced from the Contract Flooring Journal website. You can find them at www.contractflooringjournal.co.uk.