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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Commercial Flooring Roundup-Different Options Available for Your Floor

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When purchasing commercial flooring there are a multitude of factors to take into account and consider: from whether the surface is appropriate for the type of business your run; the extent of your budget; the size of the floor to be covered; to whether a more elaborate design is required or a more utilitarian, hard-wearing floor is needed. There are a variety of commercial flooring options available, and C&C Flooring can provide a highly experienced design and installation service to meet your needs.

Vinyl tiles can be a good option and are especially popular in commercial environments such as hotels, office corridors, schools, and reception areas. The designs on vinyl flooring can imitate a wide variety of surfaces: woods such as oak, walnut, and pine can be mimicked, as well as stones such as slate or marble. Along with reproducing the effect of such natural materials vinyl flooring carries the advantage of being produced from highly sustainable products. Slip-resistance technology means that vinyl floors are also safe even when wet, and can be effective in areas such as shops and reception areas where people may bring water in from outside. C&C Flooring have worked closely in the past with suppliers such as Karndean who offer luxury vinyl floors in a variety of thicknesses and finishes dependent on the durability needs of the individual client.

Carpets and carpet tiles offer another option for commercial flooring: once more a wide variety of colour schemes and textures are available, from simple, hard-wearing pile to more elaborate and luxurious designs. Carpet and carpet tiles carry the benefit to the client of affording scope to influence the design process and produce an idiosyncratic and individual finish. This can be highly useful to corporate clients looking to impress visitors to their head-offices, or shops and businesses just looking for a unique design. Traditional and grander patterns can be created if necessary, or more durable weaves employed for areas of heavy foot-traffic.

Resin flooring has long been associated with industrial units, but is another good option for commercial settings and public buildings. Resin flooring consists of synthetic or chemically modified natural resins lain onto treated concrete so that the two layers become one. It offers a highly durable solution, so can withstand heavy machinery and loads being placed upon it, and is resistant to chemical spills. Increasingly resin flooring is being used in schools and some office-spaces where the option to incorporate company logos or particular corporate colour schemes is highly valued. Resin flooring is also seamless and highly hygienic as there are no seams or joins between tiles in which germs and bacteria can fester. It is therefore an attractive option for medical facilities and hospitals where hygiene is vital.

Altro Safety Flooring is one further option: it is again a highly durable and slip-resistant surface constructed by mixing flexible vinyl with slip-resistant grains. Altro flooring contains a built-in cleaning system that prevents the spread of bacteria. Therefore it carries the benefits of being both safe and hygienic. Increasingly Altro flooring is being used in office-spaces, industrial units, and retail outlets where a cost-effective, hard-wearing floor that is easy to keep clean is required. It is also ideal for commercial sectors such as healthcare, hospitality, and leisure facilities.

What is Resin Flooring and Why Would I need it?

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Resin flooring, quite simply, is the use of either synthetic resin or chemically modified natural resin products as a material for flooring. When it is laid out upon a surface such as concrete, steel, or tiling, the resin combines with the surface beneath to form one layer. Once the concrete has been treated correctly and the resin placed upon it the two surfaces become one inseparable layer. Originally the use of resin products to form floor surfaces was limited to industrial spaces such as factory shop-floors and warehouses. However, increasingly resin flooring is being used for large spaces within public buildings and within domestic settings.

Read more: What is Resin Flooring and Why Would I need it?

The benefits of resin flooring

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Resin flooring has become a popular choice of flooring for not only the industrial sector but now also many other areas. This type of flooring has advanced in recent years to now offer an ideal flooring solution to a wealth of areas including;

  • Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Shopping centres
  • Superstores
  • Airports
  • Restaurants
  • Fast food outlets
  • Public bathrooms
  • Bars and nightclubs

There was a time when resin flooring was unpopular as a choice for flooring as it lacked any real design. Most resin flooring was of a dull colour and it lacked inspiration and innovation. However, over recent years the flooring has advanced and as a result the demand for resin flooring is at an all time high.

There are endless benefits associated with having a resin floor installed regardless of what the industry setting is. Below are some of the key benefits that you can expect from purchasing resin flooring.

  • Hygiene - Resin floorings are incredibly easy to clean but because of the impervious surface, it is incredibly difficult for bacteria to survive and breed on the surface. This makes the flooring a hygienic flooring solution for areas such as hospitals, schools, dentists, restaurants and kitchens. The flooring is seamless which leaves no place for bacteria to hide or for water to become trapped. Depending upon the size of the area, specialist machines can be used to clean resin flooring quickly and effectively.
  • Durability - Due to the way that resin flooring is manufactured, it is incredibly strong and durable. With a tough and compressive strength, the surface will remain protected against any objects that may come into contact with it including high heels which are renowned for damaging many other flooring solutions.
  • Safety - Resin floorings are safe to use in almost any environment. The surface is not only impervious but it is also resistant to most chemicals. It is therefore an ideal flooring solution for any industry where hazardous chemicals may be in use. Resin flooring is also highly recommended by the HSE as it offers a non-slip surface giving employees and the public a far safer environment.
  • Design flexibility - As well as being hygienic and durable, resin floors are now available in an array of colours and styles. With patterned designs and a range of colours, the flooring can also incorporate a large amount of aggregates such as granite, glass and even marble. This new flexibility in design options has led to an increased demand for resin flooring.
  • Low maintenance- Other than cleaning your floor on a regular basis, resin flooring is incredibly low maintenance. Your flooring should last you for years to come and will require little to no maintenance because of its durability.

The impacts of well designed flooring

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You may not even notice how much but well designed flooring has a massive impact on the environment it is in. Flooring designers and manufacturers spend a considerable amount of time carefully considering each floor they design and how it can impact an environment for the best. There are many considerations to make, from aesthetics to safety as well as hygiene, simplicity and suitability. No matter what industry you are in, you want a floor that offers you longevity, safety, hygiene and more importantly something that looks professional, clean and fits with the rest of your area design.

When it comes to an office, you want the flooring to offer warmth, safety but to look stylish and fitting. Whether you have a modern office or a more traditional look, the flooring can affect the whole look of an office. There has also been evidence to suggest that when it comes to office flooring, it can have an effect on your employees work. Reports have shown that a well designed flooring product that fits well with the environment can increase an employee's productivity. A depressing colour, damaged or tatty flooring can impact the atmosphere of an office space. Employees are likely to care less about their work if there is little care taken for the environment they work in.

When it comes to other areas such as hospitals, hygiene and safety has to be at the forefront of flooring design. For a hospital, there is no question that they need a well designed floor. Altro safety flooring is the most preferred style of flooring found in hospitals. This flooring is so advanced that it offers hospitals a flooring that is easy to clean, decreases the ability for bacteria to grow, is completely safe and hygienic. This type of floor design is highly scientific and requires far more considerations that that of an office flooring. Designers are responsible for creating something that meets incredibly high standards as failure to do this could prove fatal.

At C & C Flooring based in Redditch, we understand the impact that high quality flooring can have on an environment and that is why we supply only the best quality flooring for our customers. Our skilled and professional team can help you to decide on what floor is best for your space no matter what the environment is. If you are interested in flooring that gives the right impact then contact us today.

The difference between solid hard wood flooring and engineered hardwood flooring?

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Hardwood flooring has become one of the most popular styles of domestic flooring but has also been used in commercial buildings. Hardwood flooring is a great feature for any style of home from the most modern to the most traditional and can also look stylish in offices and receptions. Available in a range of different timbers and finishes, hardwood flooring will go with any style of decor. However, there are various types of hardwood flooring and it can be confusing to know what the differences are. The most common types of hard wood flooring are solid hardwood flooring and engineered hardwood flooring, both of which are high quality wood floor solutions.

Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Engineered hardwood flooring essentially offers the same flooring solution as solid hardwood flooring but it is the manufacturing process that separates these two types of wooden flooring. Engineered hardwood flooring is created with a very different manufacturing process. Each section of wood will contain sections of around 3 -5 pieces of hardwood which is layered to create one solid section.

Unlike some hardwood flooring, engineered hardwood flooring is not susceptible to shrinking and expanding from humidity. The unique manufacturing process renders it resistant to water and humidity making it ideal for both commercial and domestic installation.

Solid Hardwood Flooring

Unlike engineered hardwood flooring, solid wood flooring is made up of only one single section of hardwood with a much greater thickness than the layers used in engineered hardwood flooring. Solid hardwood flooring is very common in domestic installations but is commonly affected by shrinking and expanding under different temperatures. However, this does not make the flooring any more unsuitable for domestic or commercial installation. Solid hardwood flooring is normally fitted to take the shrinking and swelling into consideration with a small gap being left around the sides of a room. This gap is normally concealed by different styles of skirting that will allow for the movement in the flooring.

Unlike engineered hardwood flooring, solid wood flooring is made up of only one single section of hardwood with a much greater thickness than the layers used in engineered hardwood flooring. Solid hardwood flooring is very common in domestic installations but is commonly affected by shrinking and expanding under different temperatures. However, this does not make the flooring any more unsuitable for domestic or commercial installation. Solid hardwood flooring is normally fitted to take the shrinking and swelling into consideration with a small gap being left around the sides of a room. This gap is normally concealed by different styles of skirting that will allow for the movement in the flooring.

5 myths about hardwood flooring

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Hardwood flooring is becoming a more popular type of flooring due the natural and classic look it can offer your home. However, despite all the benefits a hardwood floor can offer a home, there are many myths surrounding its use as a sustainable flooring solution. There are many different styles of wooden flooring on the market, but as with any product, there are good and bad quality products. Hardwood flooring is different to the previously more common types of wooden flooring such as laminate flooring. Hardwood flooring is designed with sustainability in mind and is likely to last as long as any carpet in a home.

Below are five of the most common myths surrounding hardwood flooring and we aim to disprove those myths that have been created to put consumers off hardwood flooring.

  • Hardwood flooring is difficult to clean - Hardwood flooring is no more difficult to clean than any other type of flooring including carpet. There are various cleaning products on the market that have been designed specifically for hardwood flooring to both clean and protect your floor. However, you do not have to buy specific hardwood products, as long as you use a cleaner that is diluted and does not contain anything that is likely to damage the surface then it will be fine. As with any cleaning products, it is always best to do a test clean on a part of the floor that cannot be seen.
  • There are limitations on colour of hardwood flooring - The colour options available with hardwood flooring are vast. Depending where you buy your hardwood flooring from, there are a variety of finishes, stains and woods available. From maple to oak as well as beach, mahogany and pine, there should be no reason why you cannot find a hardwood flooring to go with your decor.
  • Hardwood flooring is not eco friendly - There are many who will tell you that hardwood flooring is not eco friendly and is detrimental to the environment. There are many suppliers of hardwood flooring that operate an eco friendly ethos by ensuring they only purchase from suppliers who conserve forests by replacing every tree used.
  • Hardwood flooring will leave you with gaps in your flooring - There are types of flooring that are more likely to be affected but temperature change and humidity. As a result these types of hardwood flooring will shrink and expand with those changes. However, you are only likely to see gaps appearing in your flooring if it is incorrectly installed. To allow for the potential shrinking and expansion a gap should be left around the edge of your floor which is normally concealed with flat or bevelled edging.
  • Hardwood flooring is very expensive - As with any flooring solution, there is a wealth of price ranges to choose from. Hardwood flooring does not have to be expensive. It is possible to have high quality hardwood flooring installed by a professional for the same amount as you would pay for any other flooring solution if not cheaper.

What is safety flooring?

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Safety flooring is now the most popular type of flooring to have in various industries and this is mainly due to its easiness to clean and hygienic properties. With health and safety in the work place now being taken seriously, it is an employer's responsibility to provide all of their employees and customers with a safe environment to be in.

Safety flooring is made up of high grade vinyl that is flexible and durable and is available in 4 different styles.

  • Resin flooring
  • Rubber flooring
  • Smooth flooring
  • Sports surfaces

There are various commercial sectors that benefit from using safety flooring including;

  • Healthcare including hospitals and nursing homes
  • Education facilities including schools
  • Leisure facilities including gyms and schools
  • Food and hospitality - including kitchens, cafes and schools
  • Retail environments

Unlike a standard vinyl floor, the technology used to create safety flooring is slightly different. In safety flooring the manufacturing process mixes the vinyl with silicone carbide, quartz and aluminium oxides. It is these added elements that give the floor its advanced technologies including its non-slip, impervious and sound resistant qualities which aren't found in standard floors.

Safety flooring has an impervious surface making it ideal for the above sectors. Any spillages and germs will not be absorbed into the flooring which is what makes safety flooring so hygienic. With no joints or grout, safety flooring is ideally suited to hospitals where infection control is a key factor. Due to its unique surface, safety flooring is also easy to clean and maintain. With a fifteen year guarantee, it is simple and easy to clean away any spillages and because of its impervious surface you can be sure of cleanliness.

As well as being an incredibly hygienic flooring option, safety flooring is also ideal for its soft and cushioned feeling. It is safe and comfortable to walk on and meets all health and safety regulations as there is no risk of tripping or slipping. Safety flooring is designed with a non-slip surface even when wet making it great for areas that are open to the public.

Safety flooring is also available in a variety of styles and colours to suit your design or environment. It is advisable to have a professional safety flooring specialist install your safety flooring to ensure that it is completed to the highest standard. Safety flooring has enabled many commercial sectors to provide a far better quality of flooring as well as maintaining high levels of health and safety.

Top tips to keep your flooring looking new for longer

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If you have invested in a new and expensive floor then you'll want to keep it looking new and fresh for as long as you can. Whether it is carpet, tiles or hardwood flooring you will want to ensure that your new floor lasts the test of time. There are various tips for keeping your new floors looking newer for longer depending what floor surface you have.

Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood flooring can be an expensive investment so you will want to ensure it is looked after.

  • Cleaning - You need to ensure that you clean your wooden flooring on a regular basis to prevent stubborn dirt becoming trapped within the grooves. Make sure you vacuum the flooring to remove any gritty or sharp pieces of dirt as these may scratch the flooring or leave marks on the floor. Purchase yourself some cleaning solution that is designed for wooden flooring as normal tile and floor cleaners may be too strong and may damage the surface of your floor.
  • Movement - It is common for wooden flooring to swell and shrink. This is normally due to temperature change but it can cause gaps between panels which can be detrimental to your flooring. If you start to see any gaps appearing then it is important that you try to close the gaps as soon as possible. The problem with wooden flooring is moisture and the colder temperatures mixed with humidity from fires and heating will remove moisture from the floor.

Carpets

  • Vacuuming - By carrying out regular vacuuming you will prevent dirt, debris and smells becoming trapped in the fibres of your carpet. Regular vacuuming will also keep the fibres fluffed up in high traffic areas. It is easy for a carpet, especially a woollen one to begin to appear flatter in high traffic areas. If you have patches of flatness then extra vacuuming in that area may help.
  • Stains - If you spill something on your carpet then make sure you attend to the stain as soon as possible. The longer you leave the stain the harder it may be to remove. If you are going to use stain removers then it is best to do a test in an unseen area to check it does not damage the carpet. Do not rub the surface with an abrasive cloth as this may damage the fibres of the carpet. Always allow the area to dry naturally and do not be tempted to use a hair dryer or heater as this may burn the carpet and discolour it.
  • Smells - If you have pets then unfortunately you may find that your carpet begins to hold an animal odour. If this is the case there are various products on the market to remedy the smells. However, as with all chemicals you need to do a test spot first to check it does not react badly with your carpet. Used on a regular basis along with vacuuming you can combat that odour.

If you follow these handy tips for your flooring then you should prolong the new and fresh look from day one. Flooring needs extra care as it unfortunately encounters high traffic, spills and stains, dirt and scratches and much more. With a bit of care and maintenance you can keep your flooring looking newer for longer.

The best kinds of flooring for busy offices

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If you are thinking of changing the flooring in your busy office then there are a few flooring options that you can consider. Certain floorings are not going to be suitable of you have an incredibly busy office with certain areas receiving more traffic than others because the flooring will begin to wear and it will begin to look tired and uneven. When you're investing in flooring for your office, you want something that is stylish and fresh but also durable and long lasting. At C & C Flooring we are specialists in industrial and commercial flooring and have all the flooring solutions you could possibly need for your busy office.

Carpet Tiles

Carpet tiles and carpet can be a great flooring solution for your office space. Carpet tiles are relatively inexpensive and are an affordable solution for most offices. One of the great benefits of carpet tiles is that if one is damaged then you can easily replace that one tile rather than having to replace the entire floor. Our selection of carpet tiles are durable and hardwearing, making them ideal flooring solutions for busy offices.

As well as being the sensible and affordable option, carpet tiles can also be stylish and contemporary. With a variety of colours and designs, you can choose carpet tiles in your corporate colours or you can let our specialists design something completely unique and bespoke for your busy office. Either way at C & C Flooring we can help you make your office space stand out from the crowd!

Bolefloor Hardwood Flooring

Bolefloor is the newest addition to the C & C Flooring product range. Bolefloor is the world's first mass produced hardwood flooring that features the natural curvature of the trees natural growth. Bolefloor is a sleek and stylish product that can offer a real depth and elegance to your flooring. Its durability makes it an ideal flooring solution for your office space. The surface makes it easy to clean and less likely to wear as fast as other types of flooring.

Carpet

Our carpets are an ideal flooring solution for offices. Available in a variety of colours and styles, our team can install your office carpet with almost no disruption to your team. We can even add stylish tweaks to your carpet making it unique such as a different colour edging to bring the carpet to life and create just the right atmosphere for your office. The types of materials used within our carpets are different to those you might find in a domestic carpet making them more hardwearing and long lasting.

So if you are looking for the perfect flooring solution for your office then contact us now at C & C Flooring and let us help you choose flooring that will suit your office down to the ground!

The need for safety flooring in playgrounds & schools.

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Playground surfaces need to offer maximum protection to children in the event of a fall. Children’s games can often involve harmless tumbles which do not need to cause any damage as long as there is the correct landing surface. Concrete offers little by way of cushioning. Safety flooring is specifically engineered to create the safest possible environment for children to play and enjoy themselves. Designed with a special wide cone foot, the ‘bounce’ factor is integral to the product and helps guarantee children are as safe as possible. Safety flooring is also often designed with rounded corners and ramped edges to further remove trip hazards and increase wheelchair accessibility.

In addition, specific safety flooring is a non slip surface. This provides grip which reduces the probability of slips or trips, especially in wet weather. Safety flooring is usually porous and has good drainage, meaning they retain their non slip capabilities even when it is raining and there are no puddles created in the area.

Within the school, safety flooring can also incorporate floor coverings like Altro, a patented non slip vinyl with preventative anti-slip grain pattern discreetly worked into the high grade vinyl to ensure a durable surface on which children are unlikely to fall. Moreover, it has Altrosan bacteriostat integrated into the surface to help combat bacterial growth, particularly relevant in school environments, and the options of having either Maxis Easyclean PUR or Easyclean Technology incorporated into the vinyl to help the surface be very easy to maintain to a high standard. The product also comes with a significant warranty, guaranteeing its non slip surface and safety ratings.

Children are undoubtedly hardy, but trips, slips and falls can cause nasty injuries and upset their developing confidence. There is a collective responsibility to ensure that the utmost is done to protect children from unnecessary harm. Under current Health and Safety legislation there is a legal duty to ensure the safety of users to a facility under your care or ownership, as well as the moral obligation in helping keep other people safe. When concerned with children’s play areas and school corridors, the importance is in making sure all staff and visitors are safe and that your legal responsibilities are fully met, as well as in providing a pleasant and welcoming environment. Unfortunately in the modern compensation culture there are risks associated with inadequate prevention of accidents, which can be minimised with proper safety flooring.

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