Flexxfloors new revolutionary flooring range now available in the UK
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21 Dec 2016

Flexxfloors new revolutionary flooring range now available in the UK

Flexxfloors is the new revolutionary flooring range now available in the UK.  Flexxfloors is unique. Across its Basic, Premium, Deluxe, Style and Diamond ranges it is offering 5 different grades of flooring in 3 different types of installation methods, which means you can select the right type of flooring for your needs.

Flexxfloor tiles are made from high quality vinyl (PVC) and resemble natural products, such as wood, stone and slates, these are made from specially printed films sandwiched between a protective wear layer and a backing base. Flexxfloors are suitable for all types of installations and manufactured to the same high standards, so you choose the flooring most appropriate for your use and your budget.

By offering a choice of different grades of floor tiles it allows the customer to select the quality that is most appropriate for the room. A hallway will experience more footfall than a bedroom so it does not need to have the same grade of flooring.  Equally a domestic home does not receive the same level of intense foot traffic that a commercial location or busy high street store.

Within the Flexxfloors offer there is the added benefit of a choice of installation methods, stick, click and loose lay.  The advantage of offering  different installation systems means that you have the option to install a Flexxfloor over several subfloor materials, making it much more forgiving and flexible than cheaper vinyl’s or alternative hard flooring options.

Flexxfloors Basic, Premium and Deluxe ranges are available with the Stick self-adhesive backing that you can be directly applied to a flat, hard, dry and clean surface. The 2mm thickness makes it easy to cut to create different patterns and to fit neatly around difficult angles and into tight alcoves.

Flexxfloors Dry back installation requires the floor panels to be glued down to a dry, smooth, flat, hard and clean surface. As it is glued down this is a more permanent installation where the flooring stays in place. The light weight 2.5 mm thick panels are highly durable and suitable for heavy commercial use.

The Click installation option is an easy and time efficient way to install your floor. Using  the well-known click-system like laminates there is no need for the use of adhesive, however, with Flexxfloors high quality vinyl surface it is much quieter underfoot than laminate and scuff resistant. 

For speed and convenience the Loose lay may be your preference, it can be installed over any clean flat substrate surface, unlike laying engineered or hard wood flooring you don’t need complicated tools or saws. The floor tiles have tiny ‘feet’ on the reverse of the floor tile that ensure that the floor stays fixed to the floor and in place. Instead of sticking or clicking the floor tiles are lay on a flat, dry, hard clean surface.  There is also the added benefit should a tile need to be lifted for any reason (access to under floor pipes/cabling) it can be easily be replaced, or if you require a temporary floor for a special event such as exhibitions.  The 5 mm thick panels are also ideal for high traffic commercial installations like trade fairs and retail stores.

Difference between quality vinyl and cheaper/low cost vinyl tiles

In the past consumers tended to think of the cheaper vinyl being Sheet vinyl, which is the easiest and cheapest to make, promotes its low price while vinyl tiles and planks, especially luxury-grade, continue to improved and advance in design, quality and overall value. But those principles apply to low cost/cheaper vinyl floor tiles too.

To best illustrate the comparable characteristics of low cost vinyl tiles vs. vinyl tile flooring, can be broken down in quantifiable qualities: Appearance & Style, Durability & Stability, , Applications, and Cost.

Appearance & Style

Both  cheaper and quality vinyl flooring tiles include a photographic printed film which is below the wear layer. This printed film layer gives the flooring its design for example wood, stone, marble. The quality of the photographic film used makes a difference, often a lot of imports (from the far east) the products all look the same as the “supplier” is choosing a film from a catalogue so your “wood” vinyl range can look like someone else’s – so the point of differentiation is price.

Often if choosing a film from a catalogue the “repeats” in the photograph of the film, i.e. the knots in wood, or the distinctive marking in stone are not removed so the repeat is “obvious” when laid over the total floor area, so in cheaper vinyl’s the “wood look” is easily recognisable so therefore and not an authentic looking alternative.

Cheaper vinyl tile planks tend to be limited in the width available compared to quality vinyl and the wear layer may not use good quality PVC so the clarity of the print film is not sharp also adding to the overall effect of being looking cheap and not authentic. By offering a wider selection of styles and designs this is costly—defeating the purpose of creating commodity low cost vinyl flooring.

When offering a greater number of styles, vinyl tiles and planks this allows for endlessly customizable designs. With quality vinyl the installer is able to cut individual tiles and planks to create any number of shapes, patterns and designs.

Durability & Stability

Durability: This refers to the toughness/hardness of the flooring—especially its topmost wear layer. The more durable a flooring solution is, the more use it can take, particularly in busy locations like hallways, kitchens and living areas (and commercial locations too) It wont easily show marks, scratches and indentations.

Stability: This is governed by the thickness of the makeup of layers and quality of materials used.  Stable flooring material holds its shape and size against moisture and/or climate changes. Using quality PVC means that the floor tiles will keep their shape and remain fixed to the subfloor.

While there are ranges of quality even within the higher-quality echelon of vinyl tiles and planks, with low quality vinyl, cheaper tiles are generally less durable and stabile than tiles and planks, and basically will not look as good in 12 months time ( or 2/3 years time)

The differences in durability and stability between vinyl tiles is related  to how it is produced and what goes (or doesn’t go) into the final product.

High speed, volume production means that there is less concern for precise crafting and the quality of the product suffers.

The best instance of durability and stability comes from vinyl tiles and planks made on a hot press and bonded together.

If your vinyl floor is damaged or stained, your option to make repairs will be limited by which type of vinyl you chose. There may be colour variation depending on the quality of PVC and plastisiders used in manufacture. When choosing quality vinyl tiles and planks, these can be easily replaced from your spare/attic stock of extra pieces and the colour and design match will be the same.

A trait that vinyl tiles and planks share is their resistance to moisture. While no vinyl is completely impervious to moisture, it does stand up nicely to wet stress, making it an ideal choice for bathrooms and kitchens. But with cheaper qualities tiles can be damaged under extreme circumstances, and curl.

Applications

When it comes to the application appeal of quality vinyl tile versus a cheaper low cost alternative there are two major considerations: where and how well it performs, and ease of installation.

While both types of vinyl are appropriate for most of the same applications, quality vinyl tiles with a thicker wear layer will perform far better and continue to look good over a longer period of time.  The durability, sustainability, ease of repair and multi-faceted uses of quality vinyl tiles and planks make it perfect for almost any commercial interior setting.

The cost and time of repairs and re-installation should be carefully considered depending on the intended commercial application.

Installation is a critical issue for vinyl tiles (whether low cost or high quality the principles are the same)  Offering a choice of installation methods, as you do with Flexxfloors adds value and options to the client. The added value of the reparability, durability and stability, design, and customization makes vinyl tiles and planks a far better choice. Money spent on installation and repair/overhaul of low cost vinyl sheets can raise that price tag to something much higher than vinyl tiles and planks.

 Low Cost Vinyl vs. Quality Vinyl Tile: Summary

  • Look & Style: Quality PVC vinyl tiles and planks are available in far more designs and offer extensive customize options

  • Durability & Stability: Cheaper PVC vinyl tiles with thin wear layers are far less durable and stable. They are prone to damage and irreparable if compromised and basically just don’t look good over large areas

  • Applications: Quality PVC tiles with wear layers 0.5mm will perform better and last longer than those with less and can be used for most commercial installations as well as residential.

See the table below - This industry standard test measures weight loss after 1000 cycles of testing.  Combining this with wear layer thickness gives product relative durability under standard conditions, i.e. Halstead Expona will last only 30% of the time Amtico will last under test conditions. 

  Wear Layer (mm) Taber Abrasion (g/1000 revs) Relative Durability
Amtico 1.0 0.11 1.0
DLW Scala 0.9 0.23 0.44
Gerflor Creation 0.7 0.19

0.41

Halstead Kudos 0.5 0.25 0.22
Halstead Expona 0.7 0.26 0.30
Karndean Knight 0.3 0.17 0.20
Karndean Da Vinci 0.7 0.28 0.27
Marley Premier 0.8 0.18 0.49
Tarkett Moduline 0.8 0.26 0.21
LSI 0.5 0.25 0.22

 

Key Points

  • 5 Product Ranges:   Basic, Premium , Deluxe, Style & Diamond to choose from 
  • High quality materials and film reproduction of natural products used to given an authentic look to the floor 
  • Available in  beautiful selection of woods, stones, slates, monochrome tiles, and Portuguese borders designs to personalise your floor 
  • Product ranges have different grades of wear layers appropriate to location and traffic usage 
  • Suitable for commercial and domestic installations 
  •  Every floor is individually laid and made piece-by-piece to fit your room exactly:
  1. Particularly suitable for wet areas such as kitchens and bathrooms
  2. We offer a  range of guarantees, 20, 15, 12, 10 & 5 years depending on the grade of flooring
  3. Quiet underfoot and warm to the touch
  4. Suitable for any room in the home
  5. Won’t warp, crack, chip or splinter
  6. The clear wear layer helps to reduce scuffing and makes it easier to maintain
  7. Resists most household stains
  8. Hygienic and non-allergenic, safe for young families
  9. Flexxfloors  has real benefits over natural products i.e. won’t swell, curl or stain with water which is a big risk with hardwood, engineered woods and laminates
  10. Long life and low maintenance costs mean excellent value in the long run
  11. Available to be installed as a direct stick, click system or loose lay saving time and money
  12. When looking at alternative flooring materials remember to always compare the total installed cost - and ask about warranties too
  13. Floor preparation and installation is a skilled and time-consuming job which would cost the same even if a lower quality budget alternative tile were chosen rather than Flexxfloors; however with Flexxfloors  you have the choice to install yourself.

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