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Benefits Galore – Vinyl

Vinyl flooring has a range of benefits making it ideal for commercial installations:

Altro products,including Aquarius and Suprema II safety flooring and Whiterock wall cladding, were used in the refurbishment of student accommodation at the University of Bristol.

Aquarius, launched earlier this year, is designed for combined barefoot and shoe use in wet and dry environments.

It is said to be suitable for any type of shoe, including hard and soft soled, rubber and trainers.
This innovation means users no longer have to assess the risk of slipping to people in shoes or barefoot and whether to install studded or standard safety flooring.

Altro Aquarius colour range has now been extended to include four new colours, delivering even more design choice for combined barefoot and shoe, wet and dry areas.

At University of Bristol, Aquarius was used in the bathroom of a seven-bedroomed, listed terraced house. Callow Building Services installed the flooring and Whiterock wall cladding in the shower and on the bathroom ceiling. Whiterock is a PVCu sheet extruded from a high quality polymer, said to be easy to clean, impact resistant and grout- free.

Suprema II safety flooring was installed in the terraced house kitchen. Offering 40 colours, Suprema II was developed in consultation with customers, architects, end users and colour consultants. It is designed for applications from education to hospitals, leisure and offices.

Whiterock Chameleon was installed as a splashback over the sink in the kitchen.

This product is described as highly durable and provides a water-tight, wipe clean, smooth surface.

Atkinson & Kirby is launching durable click vinyl flooring. With over 100 years of experience in the hardwood flooring market, the company is now introducing LivLock into the vinyl flooring sector.

With a water resistant and anti- slip coating, vinyl is suitable for kitchens, bathrooms and any other environments where wood is not advised. LivLoc Click vinyl utilises the click technology, enabling each plank or tile to click into the previous one without the need for glue, making installation quick, easy and mess free.
With a 0.50mm wearlayer and 5mm thickness, LivLoc Click vinyl system is rated as suitable for both commercial and domestic installations. It is said to provide a strong, scratch resistant, durable floor with low heat resistance, making it usable with underfloor heating systems.

Five colours are available in the plank form and two in the tiled. Atkinson & Kirby also offer a next day sampling and delivery service.

Karndean Design Flooring Opuscollection offers specifiers, architects and interior designers a range of wood
and stone effect finishes in larger plank and tile sizes. Reduced fitting time is claimed for the
product. Available in 10 stone and 12 wood effect finishes from a palette of light, mid and dark tones, Opus offers both smooth and textured finishes and a choice of six natural coloured grout strips. Paul Barratt, commercial sales director for Karndean Designflooring, comments: ‘Opus was developed in response to the changing commercial market, offering architects and designers a floorcovering that conforms to cost pressures, but doesn’t compromise on quality and design.’

The Opus range has a 0.55mm wearlayerofferinga10year guarantee in commercial settings and comes with the company’s K Guard+ finish said to eliminate time constraints of traditional sealing methods and lengthy ongoing maintenance procedures.

Featuring the company’s largest tile sizes, the new range boasts extra large 48in x 9in wood planks and 18in x 4in stone effect tiles, said to make installation quick, along with 36in x 6in planks and 18in x 18in tiles.
Karndean Assured guarantees stock availability on five wood effect planks and four stone effect tiles from the Opus range and delivery within five working days – or your money back (Orders up to 200sq m automatically qualify for this service).

Products covered include: Opus planksAurum,Rubra,Atra,Niveus and Primo (giving light, mid and dark wood effects), plus Nero, Terra, Urbus and Ferra tiles, two slate effect and pale cream and grey travertine style finishes.

Paul explains: ‘Our distribution centre holds enough flooring to cover Wembley Stadium 100 times over and this enables us to create a guaranteed stocking service that goes that extra mile.
‘By guaranteeing availability of nine options on our commercially focused Opus range, means we can deliver what you need not only on- time but within budget too.’

Mapei makesMapeproof1K Turbo, a single componentrapiddrying polyurethane surface applied damp proof membrane to be overlaid within 45-50 minutes. When touch dry, Mapeproof 1K Turbo can be primed with Eco Prim Grip, a pre- aggregated high grip primer, and finally levelled with Latexplan Trade, the two-component self
levelling compound. To secure vinyl sheet or tiles, Ultrabond Eco VS90 is a high temperature adhesive said to be suitable for most applications.

All of the above products carry the GEV Emicode EC1 classification for
low emissions of VOC’s (volatile organic compounds).

Polyflor Camaroflooring reportedly helped create a rustic and homely feel on the shop floor at Whiteley’s Garden Centre in Mirfield.

The centre has an award-winning café, as well as plant, garden, pet homeware and gift retail sections. The Camaro wood effect flooring, installed by Calverts Carpets, Thirsk, was laid with a Coffee grouting strip for added visual impact in the homeware and gifts area.

‘We sell a range of traditional, antique and contemporary items and the wood effect flooring fits perfectly with the look and feel of the centre,’ explains manager Steve Meredith. ‘We have a strong customer base and experience fairly heavy foot traffic. The resilience and maintenance benefits help keep our sales areas looking attractive.’
Camaro features Polyflor’s polyurethane surface treatment to aid ongoing maintenance and reduce lifecycle cleaning costs. The range achieves the highest possible BRE A+ Global certification (ENP 429) for major use areas.

Polysafe Strata, a heavy-duty safety floorcovering, was also specified for the pet and aquatics department. As well as meeting the performance requirements of EN13845, the range conforms to HSE guidelines, achieving a sustainable slip resistance value of >36 on the RRL Pendulum wet test (using Four-S/Slider 96 rubber) and a surface roughness of Rz > 20μm.
Polysafe Strata also achieves the BRE A+ Global certification (ENP 336) based on a lifecycle analysis approach over a building life of 60 years.
Camaro and Strata are reportedly 100% recyclable and contain recycled material.

Tarkett iQOptimaflooring was extensively used in a major refurbishment at Kent & Canterbury Hospital.
Architect Jon Dyer explains: ‘The main hospital street serves as both primary pedestrian circulation and service corridor. The floors endure the effects of both a high volume of foot traffic and movement of hospital equipment on a daily basis. We therefore needed a resilient floorcovering with high abrasion resistance to wear.

‘We also intended to rationalise the colour selection to aid wayfinding and Tarkett’s iQ range met the requirements of the brief in a cost effective way. The final installation looks superb and because their PUR content reduces the maintenance regime, they will hopefully provide many years of excellent service.’
In the latest phase of refurbishment, iQ Optima flooring was installed to the main hospital street, down to theatres and into the fracture clinic.

Optima is described as offering outstanding quality, performance and design characteristics. It now comes in over 60 colour options, with complementary multi-colour weld rods for a seamless finish. Made from high-quality raw materials, the product features a third generation PUR surface reinforcement said to guarantee no wax or polish will ever be needed. Thanks to its Unique Surface Restoration, simple dry buffing will restore the flooring surface to its original appearance and properties, according to Tarkett. It adds that this gives extreme longevity and helps minimise maintenance costs, claimed to result in one of the best lifecycle costs on the market.

All Tarkett’s homogeneous vinyl floorings (including iQ Optima) reportedly have VOC emissions below quantifiable levels. The variety of colours and design options are said to harmonise with any interior scheme.

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