When considering a floor for your premises you must consider the safety aspects. Smooth vinyl can meet many requirements but one area it can struggle with is liquids, when vinyl is wet it can be very slippery depending in on the amount of water, this can be very dangerous especially in public buildings where the public may visit or visitors to your business may also be at risk.
Safety vinyl has been designed to combat this issue. The material is altered by adding silicon carbide flecks which act as an abrasive. This increases friction and underfoot grip. Silicon carbide looks like millions of metal filings and sometimes “twinkle” in the light giving it a distinctive look. Safety flooring is rough to the touch and tends to look cold because of the metallic fleck. Because of this roughness mops are worn down quickly and machine cleaning is usually recommended in areas of high soiling. Recently manufacturers are now using coloured quartz instead of the silicon carbide, the result is a more pleasing finish to the eye as the fleck is almost invisible, while being gentler on hand mops. This material still maintains the slip resistance of silicon carbide, while being smoother to the touch.
Vinyl can be fitted in two different ways. Straight laid where it runs from wall to wall and tucks under the skirting for a nice seamless finish. The other option is cove forming, where we shape the vinyl and curve the material up the wall you probably have seen this in surgeries, hospitals and swimming pool changing rooms. Using cove forming you can eliminate skirting boards which can suffer from water ingress causing damage. It also makes cleaning the floor easier as the lack of a corner stops dirt and bacteria from accumulating between the skirting board and the floor. This reduces cleaning time and improves hygiene to the area.
We can install set in or set on coving trim if required instead of running the material up the wall, should you need it for your design purposes or practical reasons. Cove forming is fully compatible with ceramic tile systems, PVC wall cladding like Atro white rock and normal walls. We’ll happily discuss the options with you if you contact us.