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How to choose stylish, sustainable contract vinyl

Liverpool businesses know that contract vinyl flooring is one of the best ways to ensure a smooth and safe finish to their commercial floor space.

Contract vinyl is a firm favorite with a wide range of businesses because it is hard-wearing, easy to clean and maintain, and it represents good value for money. What’s more, when it comes to choosing the right type of flooring for you, contract vinyl has a few tricks up its sleeve!

Here are some points to consider when choosing your vinyl flooring:

Vinyl with style

Gone are the days of ugly, utilitarian contract vinyl floor. Nowadays, Liverpool businesses that adopt vinyl floor coverings have the option of choosing from a wide range of funky, fun and sophisticated designs. Stylish wood-effect vinyl is popular in offices, schools and libraries. Fun and brightly coloured vinyl is great for children’s clubs or in hospital wards and care homes. Functional yet snazzy contract vinyl is great for commercial and school gyms and leisure centres. You may be surprised by all the creative possibilities that contract vinyl flooring has to offer.

Do you choose homogenous or heterogeneous flooring?

Contract vinyl typically comes in two forms: heterogeneous vinyl or homogenous vinyl. Both come in rolls that are easy to install and to clean and maintain.

Homogenous vinyl is composed of one layer of material and is great for bold, simple patterns and colours. Heterogeneous vinyl, on the other hand, tends to be used for floors where a more complex effect is sought. Composed of several layers of materials, it affords a more three-dimensional visual effect. It’s heterogeneous flooring that will give you those cool wood-effect non-slip floors. Depending on the look you wish to achieve in your workplace, both represent excellent value for money, too.

Sustainable solutions

More and more contract vinyl suppliers are offering sustainable flooring solutions to the contract vinyl market. Developments in green chemistry have brought to the market flooring that is composed of sustainable raw materials, including cork, cardboard, and chalk or limestone. This includes waste cereals that are not used by the food market, and cork that comes from sustainable forests.

Historically, vinyl floors have been made using harsh chemicals including formaldehyde. Sustainable floors made with natural, raw ingredients have a low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) count. VOCs are emitted from manmade materials, and have an impact on air quality. Sustainable flooring keeps this contribution to air pollution low.

A flooring afterlife

Contract vinyl flooring is very durable; the longer it lasts, the less frequently it will have to be replaced. That is good for the planet and for your pocket. Even once it has reached the end of its life, contract vinyl flooring can go on to enjoy a second life.

Vinyl flooring has ended up in the soles of shoes, in garden furniture and even in traffic cones. Though the composite parts of vinyl flooring complicate the recycling process, there is no easier commercial flooring to recycle than vinyl.

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