VINYL

  • Vinyl is a decorator’s dream and also durable and affordable
  • Vinyl is the great imposter. It can look like wood, tile, even marble.
  • Vinyl is constructed in layers: the wear layer, the printed or decorative layer, an inner core consisting of a foam and vinyl layer, and a backing.

Thickness

Thick flooring is not necessarily what you’re looking for.  You want a thick wear layer.  That’s the top layer and the one that really counts.  It’s the one that determines how well your flooring will stand up to traffic, as well as rips, tears and gouges.  Talk to your retailer about what’s right for you.

Quality

Pick the right vinyl flooring for the space.  Ask your retailer to review with you the manufacturer’s warranty and performance characteristics of the flooring you are interested in. You need to understand that premium products tend to have premium warranties.  A good warranty is a great stress reliever.

Seams

Vinyl sheets are manufactured in 6’ and 12’ widths.  Depending on the configuration of your room, seaming may be necessary.  Make sure your retailer can explain to you where the seams are likely to be when your new floor is laid down.  Certain floor patterns hide seams better.  For example, tile patterns with grout lines mask seams beautifully.

In rooms with heavy water use, such as bathrooms and laundry rooms, you may need to occasionally replace the heavy caulking where the flooring meets the walls or toilet. You don’t want water seeping under your flooring.

Karndean

The Properties of Karndean Designflooring

The properties Karndean Designflooring make it highly suitable for a range of commercial flooring applications. We pride ourselves on producing the highest quality flooring products. As Luxury Vinyl Tile, our products are durable, easy to maintenance and swift to install.

High Quality Products

We make sure that our products are manufactured to the highest standards. They are covered by ISO9001, the international standard for quality. We also insist that our commercial flooring products are covered by the ISO14001 environmental certification.

Pride in How our Products Look

We take great pride in how our products look, making sure that they are as close to the natural material they are replicating. We use a number of manufacturing techniques to do this which include:

  • Embossing
  • Bevelling
  • High quality print
  • Random Cutting

All this means that we are able to produce a range of commercial flooring products of the highest aesthetic quality. Our Art Select range is the pinnacle of this, resulting in our most realistic and beautiful products.

Durable and Easy to Maintain

Our products are very durable. For commercial flooring installations the guarantee ranges from 6 to 15 years. This means that you can be confident that the products you install will look great for the duration of their life.

Not only this but keeping the floor clean and making sure it is maintained is very straight-forward. For most commercial use the daily use of our Routine Cleaner, or a suitable pH neutral cleaner will keep the floor in excellent condition. For areas which take more of a punishment, including bars and night clubs, the use of our Basic Stripper is recommended.

Every so often the floor may need to be re-sealed. Unlike timber floors which would need sanding, or sealing natural stone which takes hours to dry, Karndean Designflooring is simple. Clean the floor using Basic Stripper then once dry mop over Refresh Hard Sealer.

Installation

Installation should always be done by an experience and professional flooring contractor. Installation is swifter than many other natural materials. It is also more versatile. Due to the fact that the thickness of the products are very similar, between 2 and 3mm, mixing wood and stone is easy. In refurbishment work you can also benefit from not having to complete extensive remedial work on door frames.

Vinyl Brands with links to their websites –

Tarkett- http://tarkett.com

Shaw- http://shawfloors.com

Congoleum- http://www.congoleum.com/

Karndean- http://karndean.com