As you decide on the flooring specification whether you’re the architect, designer or the end user you’re being trusted with the responsibility of spending money, either your clients or your employers. No matter where the funding comes from, private funds or more importantly coming from the taxpayer, the same responsible sourcing decisions need to be made.
Your flooring decision is most likely going to take into consideration most if not all of the following factors
• Product cost
• Product performance
• Product endurance
• Product life expectancy
• Product aesthetics
• Product acoustics
• Product comfort
• Product cleaning (cost & effort required & environmental impact)
• Product environmental considerations
There are many types of floor finishes that can be chosen. In the world of resilient flooring it’s important to understand the three ‘generic’ types of resilient flooring that exist in the marketplace.
Regardless of manufacturer or supplier they are vinyl, linoleum and rubber.
Taking time to study and assess these products as well as the manufacturers and suppliers they are being sourced from is a crucial part of the decision-making process that will ultimately guide you to make the correct product selection.
Understanding and identifying how your product options fit into the key decision making factors outlined above by using up to date globally recognized third party certification that is backed by legislation, fact and not opinion is both the prudent and most sensible approach that we recommend.
Fit for purpose and safe to use modern vinyl flooring is designed to give you the best Cost: Performance ratio easily beating other product types.
• Safe in use
• Best cost : performance ratio
• Less use of water during product maintenance
• Less use of chemicals during product maintenance
• Long life – less frequent need to replace
• Extremely hard wearing & durable yet light in weight
• Lower use of energy in manufacturing than competing products
• Lower carbon footprint than competing products
• Best use of natural resources
• Excellent energy efficient ratings
• Excellent BRE ratings
• EPD Certified
• LEED® credits
• Minimal off gassing, very low VOC’s
• 100% recyclable
• Does not rot or corrode
• Extremely hygienic
• Fully impermeable to water
• Inherently flame retardant, slow to burn & will self extinguish
The ‘in-use’ phase of resilient flooring accounts for at least 80% of both product cost and its environmental impact. Because of this Polyflor and certain other vinyl flooring manufacturers over the years have focused their efforts on developing products, which greatly reduce the need for energy and resource intensive cleaning.
PUR flooring products particularly those from Polyflor that feature PUR that is both cross-linked and UV cured offer far superior cleaning benefits, enhanced protection and optimum appearance retention. These products facilitate a lifelong polish free maintenance regime also reducing the consumption of energy, water, polish, strippers and chemical cleaners significantly.
Therefore adapting a long-term perspective is equally important as the other decision-making factors already discussed.