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A popular pattern for laying LVT’s is Herringbone, each plank is laid diagonally to form a traditional looking effect that appears uniform from a distance. It can be a challenging floor to lay, the numerous rows must line up smoothly and this can be difficult to achieve if the floor is not completely level and the walls plumb. It is named herringbone due to the resemblance to the bones of a fish such as a herring.
This project in a popular retail store, was completed during night shifts as we required the floor to be completely empty of other trades, using temporary lighting rigs. There was a central feature point which was laid with ceramic tiles, so the herringbone design had to be wrapped around the tiles in a uniform manner. All of this lead to challenging conditions on site which our operatives had to work around.
We used Karndean Da Vinci Natural Oak – RP102 vinyl tiles which are a top quality commercial product.
The floor is swept and cleared of all debris prior to starting the installation after being screeded the night before with a latex leveling compound. We also protected any furniture and items that may be damaged in the process.
Prior to installing the vinyl tiles, we set out the floor by drylining to ensure the tiles line up around the ceramic feature point in the middle.
Ensuring the tiles are set at precisely a 90-degree angle, the operatives started adhering the tiles to the floor to the set-out points previously agreed. Once the tiles are in place a heavy roller is used over the vinyl tiles to minimise air bubbles and maximise the adhesion to the screeded floor.
Care is taken to ensure the tiles marry up around all four side of the feature point in the centre of the room.
The floor is almost completed….photos of the finished product will be uploaded soon!
One of the most important factors in hospitals or any healthcare environment is hygiene. We’re all familiar with the scares about MRSA and anyone who has visited a hospital in the UK in the last 5 years will have noticed that every doorway and waiting room is equipped with sanitising alcohol gel.
It should come as no surprise then that every part of the construction and aesthetics of hospitals needs to be as hygienic as possible. Hospital flooring, which is in constant contact with doctors, patients and visitors, needs to be able to be easily cleaned in order to maintain good hygiene and prevent unnecessary germs spreading infections. One of the easiest ways to do that is to use vinyl flooring throughout the hospital. There are many benefits to using vinyl flooring, such as the safety that comes with not having corners to trip on or worn spots in the walkway, the ease of cleaning when spills do occur, and the sterility that it provides on a daily basis with proper cleaning maintenance.
Alliance Flooring tick all the boxes above and are happy to show examples of their work. Hygiene flooring accounts for a large part of the work we undertake and trade references are not a problem.
Safety floors are important when it comes to commercial flooring regardless of the industry. They provide assurance that there are not going to be any unnecessary injuries when they are cared for properly, and vinyl floors are designed to withstand a huge amount of traffic. Therefore there is no wearing down of the floors in the most frequented places. When they are used in these kinds of industries, whether it is in a hospital, commercial kitchens or schools, they are often referred to as safety flooring because of the safety that it provides on a daily basis. Safety flooring gives managers and supervisors peace of mind when it comes to their employees and patients, who often have a high risk of injury regardless of the kind of flooring that you use. This makes it even more important to use a floor covering that provides the most safety options.
Sheet vinyl is the ideal choice for most hygiene floors for a number of reasons:
Cap and coved, or cove formed skirting is another feature of vinyl sheet flooring that make it so ideal for use as hygiene flooring. Rather than having seems and area’s for bacteria to hide and breed the flooring is often fitter up the wall. It can be extended anywhere from 3 inches to 3 foot but the most important point if that dirt and germs on the floor will not be swept towards corners and seems that are difficult and even impossible to get completely clean.
Hospital vinyl flooring also provides easy care and avoids accidents happening. Hospitals are a place where there are spills and even bodily fluids are more likely to end up where they shouldn’t be. Hygiene flooring is something that has to be considered when they the floor layout is designed. Hygiene floors provide easy cleaning abilities so that there is no waiting, other than the time that it takes for them to air dry, and there is no need to worry about unsightly stains from unexpected spills. Installing vinyl floors allows the use of proper chemicals for cleaning to make the floors more sterile, unlike many other flooring types that are easily damaged by cleaning liquids. Although there is no need to eat off of the floors, hospital floors carry germs than can cause infection if they are not cleaned properly, and the risk of infections and the spreading of diseases increases without flooring that is easily sterilized for the next patient that comes in.
Vinyl flooring can be used in any situation, whether it is for a domestic kitchen or a commercial building, and it can be installed using large sheets or smaller tiles of vinyl. Depending on which of these forms you choose the overall look that you achieve will be different. Healthcare flooring is often laid as a solid sheet so that there is no need to worry about loose tiles causing accidents, but square tiles may be used in areas of the hospital that do not see as much foot traffic for a change of the overall look. Regardless of how you wish the vinyl flooring to be installed, the benefits of hospital vinyl flooring are sure to last for the life of the vinyl itself.
Installation of full sheets of vinyl often requires heat weld at the joins in order to provide more resilience and durability. This can also provide additional safety so that there is no worry about the corners coming up and causing falls. Hospital flooring is one of the most obvious areas where we come into contact with safety floors, in addition to schools and other commercial buildings, which is why vinyl is often referred to as safety flooring. Special consideration is also given to the installation process so that there is no need to worry about the unexpected happening, and cleaning any mess is a breeze.
Regardless of where you are, flooring is one of the most important factors in the overall look of a room. Each area has different needs, and hospital flooring is no different but that does not mean to say it has to be boring. Alliance Flooring offer a broad range of colours and designs from a number of high quality flooring manufacturers including Polyflor, Altro, Amtico and Karndean.
Although there are some other choice for hospitals Alliance Flooring recommend that vinyl sheet floors are considered as the premium choice when you are deciding on hospital flooring. It can be used in all areas including waiting rooms, corridors and surgeries. It is an option that excels in areas of high foot traffic. There is no need for high maintenance of the floors as long as they are being cleaned properly, and with proper installation there is no need to worry about patient falls from loose corners that can often cost much more money than the vinyl floor covering itself.
For a free flooring quote or advice on what options there are please get in touch with one of the team at Alliance Flooring. We don’t employ pushy sales people and are only too happy to offer advice without any obligation.
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How does vinyl flooring compare with other flooring types such as carpet, laminate, ceramic tiles, natural stone or real wooden floors? I’ve put this page together to tell you bit about the advantages of using vinyl flooring in place of these other types of flooring.
Whilst reading this guide below the one thing you still need to bear in mind that vinyl flooring is the same either. There are a lot of different types of vinyl flooring. It comes in vinyl sheet or vinyl tile form and a variety of different brands, qualities and finishes. For the purpose of this article assume that we are talking about all good quality vinyl floor covering as Alliance Flooring don’t supply low quality vinyl.
Alliance Flooring specialise in vinyl flooring for all types of use from wetrooms and bathrooms to commercial shop flooring and hospital flooring.
There are plenty of practical reasons to choose a vinyl floor over carpet. Below are some of the key reasons.
It’s worth mentioning that in many commercial flooring installations we have installed a mixture of vinyl flooring and hard wearing carpet. The vinyl tends to be used for area’s of heavy footfall and carpet in area’s with less human traffic.
Many customers aren’t aware of the difference between laminate and vinyl flooring. Laminate floors or course are made from MDF or HDF with a laminate pattern overlay stuck on the top. where as how vinyl flooring is made is usually by having pigments mixed in to the polyvinyl material when it is being made. Some replica effect flooring such as wood effect floors or stone effect vinyl floors are printed but in a far more resilient method than laminate.
Wooden effect vinyl floors give you all the same appearance of natural wood without the difficulties. Real timber comes in varying quality and can shrink, expand and warp. Vinyl flooring maintains the same shape and size for the duration its lifespan.
You can read more about the differences between vinyl and wooden flooring here
You can read more about the differences between vinyl and stone flooring here
Vinyl flooring is quicker to lay than many other hard flooring products including timber and stone. Granted it can be quicker to fit a carpet but given the hygiene advantages and life longevity you may install three carpets in the time you have one high quality vinyl floor laid. Because most vinyl floors are so hard wearing and resilient they will stay looking new for much longer than carpet, laminate and even some floor tiles. And one of the most under appreciated bonuses of vinyl floors is that they can be cleaned easily with ordinary household cleaning chemicals without the worry of reactions or damage.
Alliance Flooring specialise in floor fitting all kinds of vinyl sheet or vinyl tiles. As well as fitting, Alliance Flooring can also supply your materials at fantastic rates much lower than the high street. Whether you require a supply and fit or fitting only, please get in touch for a chat or free, no obligation quote.
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In world where image is so important, shops and retail stores are not only judged by their products and their pricing, but by their appearance. Shop flooring and decor plays a large part in forming this perception. Whilst it may not be such a conscious decision by the shopper, as people we like to buy from people and places we like and admire so it stands to reason why store spend a lot of money on shopfitting and frequent renovations to keep a fresh appearance. Shopping centers are retail battle grounds of shops often competing for the same business. Clothes shops are gathered with other clothing shops, computer retailers with other computer related shops and so on. It stands to reason then. Ultimately the ambiance and appearance forms an overall impression of the store and the brand that we as shoppers choose to buy from.
One of the largest parts of an interior decor scheme has to be the shop flooring. While some might consider it an insignificant backdrop, you should bear in mind that it covers the entire surface area of the shop, can be seen by shoppers at all times and therefore has a subtle, subconscious effect on your overall perception of the shop and brand. Shops that choose not to invest in the right flooring solution will always regret it in the long run. Cheap vinyl tiles or poor quality carpet won’t keep well and will soon look older than they actually are whilst good quality vinyl shop flooring or commercial carpets will keep a new feel for far longer.
Flooring for shops and any retail environment needs to be laid and fitted by experienced quality floor fitters to ensure the flooring surface chosen not only looks fantastic, but it will endure the heavy footfall of shoppers on a daily basis and stand the test of time. Safety is also a key aspect that should be considered when deciding on the type of retail flooring to be used. A professional floor fitting company should be able to provide samples of the different flooring options available and explain the benefits or any disadvantages of each. Alliance Flooring have been fitting shop floors for many years, mostly on behalf of shopfitting firms. In fact we provide a full trade flooring service for shopfitters with discounts based on the amount of annual work you place.
Many floor laying firms don’t appreciate the restrictions when working in retail environments. Alliance Flooring work though the night, and outside of retail trading hours to ensure little or no disruption to business trading where ever possible.
Different shops use many different types of flooring materials based on preference, durability, and whats kind of customers will be visiting the store. Most retail shops tend to go with either;
Each have their own pro’s and con’s but for the majority, some type of vinyl flooring is what suits best. It is hard wearing, comes in a broad variety of finishes and is easily maintained. It is often less expensive than the options, if not at first then over time as it is very durable. However the options don’t end there either. All the above flooring options come in a variety of finishes, qualities and other options. Some of the key pro’s and con’s are below.
Retail environments, like most public commercials flooring first and foremost needs to be safe for those that walk on it. Safety Flooring is a speciality area for Alliance Flooring as they have been providing and fitting safety floors for many years. Shop Vinyl Flooring is no different to many of the commercial floor requirements in fairness, needing to be safe, often anti-slip, durably and easily maintained. One of the issues with many other types of floor is that they require special care when cleaning which is not as important for most vinyl retail floors.
Commercial carpets are another good choice for many retail shop floors. Many large clothing shops tend to have a mix of vinyl flooring on the main walkways and then a hard wearing carpet on ears with less traffic where the clothes are displayed. This is done to create a more comfortable, feel whilst you are browsing the products which it is hoped will entice you to purchase. One draw back however is that even hard wearing carpets are not maintained as easily as a smooth surface floor so are susceptible to dirt, wear and even mites. On some occasions it’s been known for carpets to have mite infestations which can obviously be a serious problem for clothing retailers. However commercial carpet fitting and retail carpet floors are still popular in many environments.
Ceramic tiles and porcelain tiles are particularly hard wearing and can look stunning but do usually come with a higher initial outlay than vinyl floors or commercial carpets. They are also not as easily updated when a store layout is being changed. In fact we have been asked on numerous occasions to simply lay new vinyl flooring over the top of the original ceramic tiles rather than replacing the old tile floor. They are cleaned in much the same way as some vinyl floors but usually require specified cleaning chemicals as well as requiring buffing and polishing.
Alliance Flooring offer a full trade flooring service for shopfitters in and around the UK. Carpet fitting and vinyl flooring are the key services provided but tiling, artificial grass, wooden floors, specialist floors and other types of floor fitting are also provided.
Shopfitters have the option of fitting only, if they have their own flooring wholesalers to purchase from, or alternatively a “supply and fit” service. Due to the volumes purchased from our wholesalers we are able to offer trade rates on all flooring to shopfitters.
For Retail Flooring contracts and shop flooring we are often require to work through the night or in non trading hours and complete jobs during with as little or no disruption to trade, staff and customers. Bank floors are another example where it is imperative that work is completed quickly and efficiently so that business can continue the following day.
Alliance Flooring are based central to the UK in Leeds which makes a great hub for serving England Scotland and Wales. Our teams of fitters are strategically organised at the beginning of each week to complete all trade flooring projects in a time efficient manor. Please don’t be put off contacting us if you are in London or further afield, or if your project is not local to Yorkshire. The flooring teams are working all over the UK on a weekly basis and it is likely that we have someone working not too far from you this week to perform a site visit when required. Estimate for the work can usually be provided from drawings and a clear discussion about the project requirements.
Alliance Flooring offer trade pricing for shopfitters. The recession and a very difficult financial climate has brought cheap workers into the industry but we are keen to point out that we are NOT CHEAP. We are inexpensive and efficient – there is a BIG difference. All flooring work is guaranteed and will serve its purpose for years to come. Alliance Flooring have a loyal trade customer base built though fair competitive trade pricing and quality work. This is the reason so many shopfitters use us as their primary floor fitting service.
Nobody wants to see their shop floor failing in its task. Whether its a bank, retail shop or otherwise – if the flooring that has been put down is either not fit for purpose or has not been put down correctly it can have huge consequences to business. At best it is an inconvenience but at worst it could cause and safety issue and accidents. In difficult financial times there has been an increase in cheaper adhesives, vinyl flooring or all kinds of materials but not all of these products will stand the test of time. Alliance Flooring work with well established, tested and guaranteed floor products and stand by their work. In the unlikely event that you do have any issues with the work carried out we are only too happy to investigate any concerns and rectify any problems.
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