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Survey Shows What Installers Think Of LVT

A NEW survey of flooring installers from flooring research specialist Leading Edge reveals the fitters’ preferences for various brands of luxury vinyl tiles (LVT).
In the survey of 101 commercial LVT installers were asked which brand of LVT they had used most in the previous 12 months.
Karndean was named by 81.2% of respondents with 72.3% opting for Amtico followed by Polyflor with 65.3%.
Other common brands in use included Gerflor, Tarkett, Moduleo and Forbo.
Comparisons with a similar survey carried out in 2011 show the significant increase in the number of LVT brands being used in the commercial market.
Three years ago 10 different brands were used by the installers who were interviewed, whereas the recent 2014 survey picked up 20 brands in use.
One of the other big trends identified by the survey was the increasing use of adhesive free luxury vinyl tiles, with over half of flooring installers having used them in the previous 12 months. The dominant type of tile was the loose lay with a heavy backing although the click & fits were also popular with some respondents.
In the LVT adhesive market, F Ball and Uzin both increased their share of the market while the use of HT adhesives is becoming more common.
Respondents were also asked to rate all the key brands on a number of key attributes such as price, quality and design.
When asked to rate on ‘design and range’, Amtico was rated number one, the same position it held in the 2011 survey.
The full report contains details other areas such as market size and forecast, brand share, market share by design type, reasons for selecting each brand and what installers would like to improve about their supplier.
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