Faye Alletson 12 May 2021 15:38:31
What is Parquet flooring?
Parquet flooring was first introduced in the 16th century in France, traditionally made up of wooden blocks laid in a geometric pattern and typically seen in the homes of the wealthy. In recent years parquet flooring has been propelled back on trend and has become a popular choice for modern and stylish homes.
Parquet flooring offers a sophisticated aesthetic that can be seamlessly implemented into a diverse mix of interior schemes from raw and industrial, to rustic cottagecare, to ultra-modern and luxurious.
Traditionally parquet flooring was made from oak hardwood, finished with vanish, but today there are lots of alternative shades and materials available including some from within our portfolio of Luxury Vinyl Tiles and Luxury Vinyl Sheet.
Camaro Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT)
Our Camaro LVT collection features our popular Cambridge and Georgian parquet designs. The two oak shades, one darker and one lighter, create the appearance of a traditional hardwood parquet floor design with the enhanced durability and eased maintenance of an LVT.
Secura Luxury Vinyl Sheet (LVS)
Our newly updated Secura LVS collection features two new large parquet shades in a contemporary blond oak and light grey colourway. Aesthetically, the larger plank design and more contemporary shades take a modern twist on traditional parquet, whilst benefiting from its looselay sheet format in terms of comfort and durability, installation and maintenance, as well as affordability.
Designatex Luxury Vinyl Sheet (LVS)
For smaller more traditional parquet aesthetic but in the format of a looselay LVS format our Designatex LVS collection features four designs- dark, medium, and light as well as a more modern grey alternative. Similarly, to our Secura collection, Designatex benefits from comfort and durability, installation and maintenance, as well as affordability.
Our Camaro, Secura and Designatex collections can all be previewed in your own space using our room visualiser. Try it now! www.polyflor.com/visualiser
Faye Alletson 17 March 2021 15:36:22
Once more, here at Polyflor we are thrilled to have achieved “Excellent” status in our recent BES 6001 audit for responsibly sourced materials. And it had us thinking about how exactly this, and some of our other sustainability efforts, can directly benefit you and your business.
We use responsibly sourced materials.
BES 6001 is an environmental and sustainability standard, which provides a framework for the responsible sourcing of construction products. This third-party assessment reviews specific environmental, economic, and social impacts to provide recognition for suppliers embracing sustainability.
Polyflor continued to use trusted, local suppliers who are ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified where possible. However, this standard does not simply focus on our suppliers though, it has been a massive undertaking by the company throughout. BES 6001 has provided direction with social responsibility management – focusing particularly on internal procedures regarding employees, as well as how Polyflor engages with its local communities and stakeholders in general.
How does our BES 6001 credential help you?
There are many benefits to specifying a product certified to BES 6001. The assurance that organisations must satisfy requirements relating to supply chain management, energy use, waste management and corporate social responsibility, including employment and modern slavery. BES 6001 certification can also secure additional credits within the Code for Sustainable Homes and contribute to the available points of a BREEAM Assessment.
Our ‘In Use’ sustainability benefits
The ‘In Use’ phase of our flooring’s lifecycle accounts for at least 80% of a resilient flooring’s environmental impact and therefore it is important to us that our products are engineered to reduce this impact wherever possible.
Our products feature an easy to maintain PUR surface treatment meaning that use of polish, water, strippers and chemical cleansers are significantly reduced. This cuts down the amount of water and chemicals needed to maintain the floor, keeps the floor looking great for longer and contributes to significant maintenance cost savings for the life of the floor.
Air Quality is also a hot topic when considering the ‘In Use’ environmental impact of our flooring products. The VOC emissions of our flooring collections are all below the very strictly set, accepted levels and have achieved Indoor Air Comfort Gold.
How do our eased maintenance and indoor air quality benefits help you?
You are able to provide a high-quality product that offers both an easy maintenance regime and stands the test of time. Because our products are certified for extremely low VOC emissions and therefore offer a better, cleaner indoor air quality, they also help in meeting WELL Building Standard® and contributing to BREEAM®, LEED®, and Green Star® projects.
Reuse or recycling of our products
Recycling is important to us all here at Polyflor, and we are proactively closing the loop, preventing postproduction and postconsumer waste vinyl from entering the waste stream via our Recofloor take back scheme. Many of our floor coverings can be reused, but if not, they are 100% recyclable through the Recofloor scheme.
How can recofloor help you?
There are a wealth of benefits to recycling with Recofloor, including demonstrating a commitment to the environment and the circular economy and helping you achieve extra points on a BREEAM® a BREEAM® assessment – crucial when every point counts! However, there can also be financial advantages. The drop-off sites are free of charge. For non-timed collections and timed collections from live projects there are fees of around £30 and £60 per tonne respectively, which could save our members up to 70% by recycling through Recofloor, rather than landfilling.
We are continuously working on our sustainability practices and how we can reduce our impact on the environment. For more information on all the steps we’re taking, visit www.polyflor.com/sustainability
Faye Alletson 24 February 2021 14:41:09
If there’s anything 2020 has taught us, it’s that home really is where the heart is. With so many of us spending more time than usual at home due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s no surprise that many of us have invested money in improving our properties. According to the 2020 Renovation Home Report, UK homeowners spent £55 billion improving their properties since lockdown restrictions began in March 2020. And with the surge in home improvements expected to continue this year, here we look at some of the top interior design trends for 2021. A flash of brightness The Pantone Colour of the Year is usually an accurate indicator of the sorts of tones and design schemes we’ll start to see more and more of in the home. This year, Pantone surprised the industry by announcing not just one Colour of the Year, but two – Ultimate Gray teamed with an eye-catching yellow, Illuminating.
Commenting, Pantone said: “A message of happiness supported by fortitude, the combination of Ultimate Gray and Illuminating is aspirational and gives us hope.” The grey provides a soft, neutral base for the yellow to stand out against. When decorating a room in these colours, you could choose to inject additional bright, spring shades of complementary colours such as pink, purple and blue, as seen in Pantone’s suggested Enlightenment colour scheme. Alternatively, you could opt for more earthy tones, including a darker, reddy-brown, as seen in Pantone’s Sun and Shadow palette. For the former, the Expona EnCore Rigid Loc PUR luxury interlocking vinyl flooring tiles in Icelandic Oak would tie in well thanks to its grey undertones, while Rich Hazel Oak from the same range would look great against the latter. Down to earth Dulux has announced its hue of the year, too – Brave Ground. The warm, earthy tone “creates a feeling of stability, growth and potential”, according to the paint manufacturer, and is perfect for people who are looking ahead to more positive times. The shade is ideal for rooms inspired by the environment around them and works perfectly with natural materials and tones, plus green accents. If you’re painting your walls in a colour similar to Brave Ground, think about teaming this with an emerald green sofa, rattan chair, botanical art prints, and lots of plants in either stand up concrete pots or macrame woven rope hanging baskets. A natural, warm wood-effect flooring – such as the Colonia Wood PUR in Golden Koa or Woodland Oak Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT) – would help to seamlessly bring this aesthetic together. LVTs give you total flexibility when it comes to laying the flooring out, so you’re not restricted to fitting them in straight lines. Herringbone is a popular and classic look to give your home an instant update. Bold industrial Although the industrial trend has been around for a while now, it’s slowly been evolving away from dull grey tones and raw materials to a look that’s a bit more sophisticated and bolder. Yes, we’re still seeing Crittall windows, doors and partitions – those with the black steel frames – and concrete style worktops and flooring, such as the Expona Design Stone PUR in Grey Stencil Concrete or the darker Factory Cement. But to bring the industrial trend up to date, team these features with bold colours on the wall, such as a striking pink, burnt terracotta or lime green, and go overboard on your lighting and other fixtures, particularly in brass or dark coloured metal. Dark accents, which are common as part of the industrial or warehouse style, are also being seen more now on staircases. Add a daring black or dark grey paint to your steps and banisters, and team with the timeless Camaro Cambridge Parquet flooring in your hallway to create a striking, modern industrial style. Cottagecore If the harsh industrial home trend isn’t your style and you’re after something a bit softer and homely, then ‘cottagecore’ might be more to your taste. A newly emerging lifestyle trend, cottagecore embraces slow living, the great outdoors and a romanticised idea around living in a rural setting. When it comes to your home, think lots of florals and patterns inspired by the arts and crafts movement, and use simple but thoughtful touches such as jam jar plant pots, homemade candles and old wooden crates used as storage boxes to achieve the cottagecore look. Wool rugs in warm colours laid over flooring inspired by natural stone or wood, such as the Camaro Loc PUR Classic Yorkstone or the Colonia Wood PUR in Woodland Oak, will make you feel like you’ve stepped into a traditional old cottage in the middle of the countryside. Reclaimed furniture, open fires and classic colour schemes based around yellows, greens or blues, can all help to create the sense of calm and peacefulness which is at the heart of this home interiors trend. Multipurpose spaces From a more practical point of view, flexible spaces in the home are now a top priority for many. Whether that’s creating a home office, study space for children, or a snug that you can turn into a cinema room or open up to become part of the open-plan living area, flexibility in the home is a huge consideration. But just because a space is practical, doesn’t mean it can’t look great too. Neutral tones can be brought to life with artwork and accessories, while different types of lighting can help to change the mood or look depending what the space is used for. A practical, easy to maintain flooring such as Camaro Loc PUR can be used throughout such spaces to keep a consistent feel and you can separate different zones using rugs, sliding doors or wall partitions. Whichever home interiors trends you’re considering for your own home, we’re sure to have the best flooring to give it the perfect finishing look. See what our flooring looks like in your own home using our flooring visualiser and order your free samples today.
Faye Alletson 16 November 2020 10:31:59
On Thursday, 12th November, Nick Knowles hit our screens with a BBC Children In Need Special of DIY SOS: The Big Build. DIY SOS and their impressive team of volunteers joined forces with Children In Need and unique community interest company, Surfability UK to transform their Caswell Bay, Swansea Surf Centre.
Surfability UK provides surfing lessons and experiences for people with disabilities and learning difficulties however they were operating from a dilapidated out of use bus stop shelter. Ben Clifford, Director of Surfability commented “We started operating from a van in 2013, then in 2016 got our current building. We have loads of problems with flooding, the plaster is falling off and it just isn’t suitable for our needs, and those of the people that we support.
Thanks to the hard work of the DIY SOS team the inclusive surf school now operate from their state of the art eco-friendly surf centre which is fully equipped to meet all the needs of those it supports. The building's design is in a surfboard shape, and features colours to fit into its landscape, with blue, grey and driftwood shades. It also features a grassed roof.
The transformation could not have been achieved without the work of the many volunteers involved in the build and the helpful donations made. When it came to choosing the right materials for the flooring, DIY SOS turned to Polyflor as the UK’s leading vinyl flooring manufacturer. Polyflor donated Polysafe Quattro PUR, in the shade Cool Pebble to be used across the space. Polysafe Quattro is a safety floor offering sustainable slip resistance in continually wet areas whether barefoot or shod and was the perfect choice for the establishment, offering protection against slips, trips and falls. The neutral tone of Cool Pebble complemented the aesthetic of the building and Polysafe Quattro’s polyurethane reinforcement(PUR) provides low maintenance benefits, ensuring the flooring is easy to maintain and kept looking great.
The impressive project was turned around in just 24 days and Polyflor were thrilled to have been able to support such a worthy cause. Before this, the kids were having to be changed in car parks or a bus shelter but now have a lovely and dry place to change in privacy. Nick Knowles, DIY SOS Presenter commented ‘We are so grateful to those who have donated their time and materials to get us here’. The build has taken the operation to the next level, benefiting so many disabled people in Wales and across the UK.
Catch up now: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000pbx6/diy-sos-children-in-need-special-2020-caswell-bay
Faye Alletson 9 September 2020 11:49:04
We are pleased to announce that our collection of commercial and residential floorcovering is now available to download on the BIMobject platform in a range of popular native file formats.
Recognising the need for digital information to support our customers in the A&D community, we have opted to digitally innovate, capturing our entire portfolio of products as high-quality BIM objects.
BIMobject was selected as the hosting platform due to their leading position across key global markets and the broad range of native file formats offered. our full range will be available via the BIMobject platform as intelligent, native objects in the most popular formats including Revit, ARCHICAD and SketchUp. Objects in commonly used formats such as IFC, 3DS, DWG and WebGL will also be available.
Tom Rollo, Polyflor Marketing Director comments ‘After consulting with partners in the A&D community our primary objective was to ease the process involved in specifying Polyflor products. Collaborating with BIMobject has significantly broadened the number of native file formats we can offer and increased our reach in international markets, allowing us to offer greater support to specifiers during product selection.
Anastasia Moore 27 August 2020 08:57:16
Now more than ever, there is a need to focus on hygiene and infection control. As cleaning regimes and standards have increased, now is the time to further improve cleanliness and safety by considering the changes that we can make to our surroundings. Materials that have long been the norm may not be adequate for infection control, and better alternatives are available.
Polyflor vinyl flooring products are proven not to harbour dirt. The 100% impervious surface has no joints for bacteria & viruses to congregate in and no fibres for germs to cling to. Coving the product removes the gap between the floor and wall, further reducing the number of contaminants. A well-maintained vinyl floor is hygienic and doesn't support the growth of bacteria & viruses. When compared to carpet, it is clear that a smooth vinyl surface harbours less dirt & is more hygienic.
Polyflor vinyl flooring products feature smooth, resilient surfaces that are easier to clean than textile-based floor coverings. The PUR finish provides superior benefits, making cleaning quick and easy with minimal equipment. Introducing disinfectants can further enhance the maintenance regime. Most leading tablet and liquid disinfectants are safe to use with most Polyflor ranges. High-temperature cleaning can be carried out with vinyl products, helping to kill viruses present on the product surface. The 100% waterproof nature of the product also lends itself to regular wet cleaning, with fast drying times minimising disruption.
Vinyl flooring has long been the preferred choice in the healthcare sector, with carpet already removed from clinical settings. Polyflor products meet the strictest hygiene standards to be P22 NHS approved and are the ideal choice for any area where cleanliness and infection control are of high importance. Whether you are looking to update a healthcare setting or not, introducing vinyl as an alternative to carpet is the perfect way to increase hygiene and reduce the spread of infection. Visit the Creating Clean Spaces hub to find out more about maintaining a hygienic environment.
Anastasia Moore 11 August 2020 11:00:45
We have all faced a large amount of change over the past few months, affecting both businesses and individuals. These changes have resulted in an increased focus on hygiene and cleanliness. The need to keep surfaces free from germs and increase the frequency of cleaning is likely to stick around for some time. With Polyflor products, you can improve the quality of your maintenance regime, without a significant increase in time or cost. Following high-standard cleaning methods and increasing the frequency of cleaning will help to reduce the spread of Covid-19.
Polyflor vinyl floor coverings feature a cross-linked, UV cured Polyurethane Reinforcement (PUR) which can easily withstand an increased frequency of cleaning and provides superior maintenance benefits, allowing for a polish-free cleaning regime for the lifetime of the product.
Cleaning works by using a cleanser and water to remove dirt, bacteria & viruses from surfaces. Regular maintenance eliminates contaminants, providing a hygienic surface that does not promote the growth of bacteria & viruses, lowering the risk of spreading infection.
To clean your floor we recommend:
1. Mop, sweep or vacuum to remove dust and loose dirt, using a clean brush, vacuum or a dust control mop.
2. Use a clean microfibre mop to apply a Polyflor approved cleanser and scrub the floor thoroughly.
3. Remove any wet slurry with a wet vacuum or clean microfibre mop.
4. Using a clean bucket of water, rinse the floor and allow to dry.
Disinfecting works by using chemicals to kill bacteria & viruses. When carried out in combination with a regular cleaning regime, disinfecting can remove 99.9% of germs from the floor surface and greatly reduce the spread of infection.
Most leading tablet and liquid disinfectants are safe to use with most Polyflor and Polysafe ranges when following the below guidelines:
1. To effectively reduce the spread of Covid-19, Polyflor recommends using a disinfectant that is authorised, under the Biocidal Product Regulation, to have viricidal activity.
2. Follow the disinfectant manufacturer’s guidelines to dilute and apply the product to the floor’s surface.
3. Following effective application of the disinfectant rinse the floor thoroughly with clean water. This step should be completed after the disinfectant has passed its efficacy peak, but before the solution has dried on the floor.
Following the above guidelines will help to ensure that your flooring is safe and free from contamination, protecting the people coming into contact with this surface & reducing the spread of infection.
Browse specific product cleaning guides & view the Polyflor Approved Maintenance Products list: https://www.polyflor.com/jh/web.nsf/technical!open§ion=Cleaning%20Guides
Anastasia Moore 3 July 2020 12:20:54
After a period of great uncertainty, the UK government have started to make steps to ease the Covid 19 lockdown. One of those steps has been to encourage those who cannot work from home, to get back to work safely. With a wide range of working environments to consider, what does that mean for flooring contractors, who are regularly required to enter and work inside other people’s homes.
Whether you’re an employer, employee or self-employed it is important to consider the steps you will take to minimize risk when you return to work. The following steps can be used as a guide to returning to work safely.
Conduct a risk assessment- Assess the situation so that you understand the risks and do everything reasonably practicable to minimise risk.
Social distancing- Maintain a minimum one meter distance between yourself and anyone else at any given time.
Minimize time spent in other people’s homes- whenever possible, prepare anything that can be done remotely ahead of time, and utilize quick install products reducing the amount of time needed in the home.
Disinfect- Maintain a clean working environment by disinfecting on arrival, disinfecting on departure and washing hands regularly whilst working.
Striving to tackle some of the key considerations above, you can use our Expona EnCore Rigid Loc range to get back to work safely in just 3 easy steps.
Select remotely- Your customers can use our room visualiser and samples service to select products from home.
Consult virtually- request your customers project details and measurements via a video call.
Install quickly- minimum subfloor prep is required and a 5Gi locking mechanism ensures fast installation.
Expona EnCore is a unique floor covering, offering 12 faithfully replicated wood designs and superior performance. It is 100% waterproof, features an acoustic layer, provides underfoot comfort and has a PUR surface treatment, however, it is those attributes that make it quick to install that make Expona EnCore the ideal product to get back to work safely with.
Expona EnCore flooring can be installed over most hard subfloors and planks are loose laid using a 5Gi locking mechanism, meaning there is no need for adhesive. These properties make Expona EnCore much quicker to install than a traditional LVT product and when combined with the other steps above, you can really reduce the amount of time spent in your customers home.
Previewing Expona EnCore in any space is quick and easy to do with our room visualiser, and free samples can be ordered directly to your customers home.
Try our room visualiser now: https://www.polyflor.com/visualiser
Order free samples: https://www.polyflor.com/jh/request.nsf/sehp
Faye Alletson 18 June 2020 09:56:52
Looking for a floor design for a commercial Interior? Preview our portfolio of flooring options in your space with our new commercial visualiser. Compare ranges, shades and installation directions before selecting the perfect floor for your project.
Snap- Start the process by snapping a picture of your commercial space or upload an image from your photo library. If your space is still a working progress we have a selection of pre-existing roomsets available to choose from instead.
Select- Our commercial visualiser is installed with our most popular commercial ranges including Palettone, Polysafe Quattro, Expona EnCore Rigid Loc and more. Select the floor designs you’re interested in and use the filter feature to easily switch between other shades and ranges. Designs can also be rotated allowing you to create a visual that is truly representative of how the end result will look.
Share- Once you have chosen the perfect design you can save your visual as a reference, share it with colleagues and clients or even order product samples.
Try our new commercial visualiser now- www.polyflor.com/commercialvisualiser
Anastasia Moore 1 May 2020 11:42:21
Polyflor support BBC Home Renovation Show, Your Home Made Perfect to transform the home of deserving Halifax Couple Jeremy and Paula.
Jeremy and Paula have lived in their 19th century home for 12 years however, their conservatory, the biggest room in the house, and the very space that made them fall in love with the property in the first place, has become an area they can rarely use due to accessibility issues for Paula who has MS and often needs to use a wheelchair.
The Conservatory's 20 year old structure has grown tired and the uneven floor surface means Paula has to manoeuvre heavy ramps to simply move from one side of her home to the other. Both Jeremy and Paula know they want a solution that will make the space usable once more and turned to the team at Your Home Made Perfect to help.
Architects Laura Jane Clark and Robert Jamison stepped in to pitch radically different solutions in virtual reality on how the space could be transformed within their relatively modest budget of £15,000. This innovative technology made it much easier to visualise what the space would look like and how it could be used. Jeremy and Paula opted for a garden room cleverly designed to make the most of their beautiful garden views.
The transformation stayed true to the virtual design and the modern structure was well considered to ensure it remained in keeping with the rest of the property. The slanted windows allowed Jeremy and Paula to enjoy their garden without heavy reflections restricting their view, and a rustic feature wall was fashioned out of recycled wood. The floor was levelled out so Paula could move freely from one space to the next and Polyflor Expona EnCore Rigid Loc LVT in Icelandic Oak was installed across the space, perfectly complementing the rest of the modern interior.
Sian Astley, Your Home Made Perfect project manager commented ‘As project manager on Your Home Made Perfect it’s great to be able to help our lovely homeowners specify fabulous materials. Being from Manchester, I was delighted they loved the Polyflor samples and chose the Icelandic Oak finish. Not only does it look the part, but is also incredibly practical for this garden room and durable for wheelchair use. It really ticks all the boxes for both me, and for our homeowners Jeremy and Paula.’
The faithfully replicated wood designs and fine wood grain surface texture gives the flooring an authentic finish, but as well as looking great it offers endless performance benefits too. This includes high durability, an acoustic layer, easy maintenance and use of 5G-i locking technology for quick and easy installation. It is also waterproof making it ideal for areas prone to accidental spillages. Jeremy and Paula liked their flooring so much that they even extended it all the way into the kitchen, further enhancing the flow of their home.
Both Jeremy and Paula were really pleased with their new space and Paula could once again enjoy all areas of her home, without difficulty. This project really highlights the value that virtual reality can bring to interior design. The ability to see the end result before any building work has even started can give people the confidence to proceed, completely comfortable that they have made the right decision.
Our new visualiser tool has been designed to give people a similar kind of reassurance when sourcing their new floor. The innovative technology means you can get an instant preview of your space, fully installed with your preferred products. Simply snap a picture, pick a design and watch the transformation happen.
Try out our quick and easy visualiser now… www.polyflor.com/visualiser