Bringing LVT into a new dimension
Janet Lowe explores the latest developments in LVTs aimed at creating interior design statements and discusses the installation formats available for wide-ranging project requirements
WHEN a comfortable, durable and contemporary floorcovering is required for a project, LVTs are an ideal choice, owing to their ability to replicate the natural beauty of materials such as wood and stone, without the price tag of their genuine counterpart.
Particularly popular in retail, leisure and hospitality environments where aesthetics and ease of maintenance are paramount, the vast array of styles, textures and colours provides contractors endless opportunities to create timeless designs.
Ranging from contemporary to rustic, natural to abstract; new cutting edge, unconventional designs continue to push the boundaries of the LVT market. The latest advancements see manufacturers thinking outside the box of ‘traditional’ printing methods and using innovative colouring techniques for a flowing, expressive appearance that creates real depth in their designs.
Combined with realistic wood embossing, this opens up a whole new world of stunning statement floors.
For example, Forbo’s new Red-Dot Design award-winning collection, Allura Fusion, represents the process of ‘fused’ or blended colour pastes. The fusing of the pastes generates a random effect that makes each plank or tile truly unique - creating a fluid, organic and individual aesthetic, with no pattern repeats even in the largest of spaces.
The LVT range contains seven unique colourways, four planks and three tiles, which can be used alone for stand-out design or mixed with their counterpart colours from the core Allura collection.
Perhaps what makes LVT so suitable for contractors isn’t only the distinctive design options available but the fact the floorcovering can be installed in one of three ways, dependent on a project’s subfloor requirements, installation timeframes and budgets.
The traditional format is the standard ‘dry back’ or fully adhered versions, where these floorcoverings are simply glued down onto a smooth subfloor with permanent adhesive for a flawless finish.
Alternatively, looselay systems are ideal when multiple application areas are involved. Installed using a tackifier, this allows for quicker installation and post use removal.
What’s more, looselay LVT can also be used alongside carpet tiles, using the same tackifier and without the need for transition strips, enabling contractors to form integrated flooring schemes, easily.
With the benefit of not requiring adhesive, LVT formats that use a patented Click format are another option and can be quickly and easily installed. In addition, when installed with certain underlays, these floorcoverings can even deliver significant impact sound reduction.
What’s more, as manufacturers continue to recognise the growing trend for larger formats, shapes and colours to create contemporary floor spaces, new products are continually being developed and introduced to the market.
In fact, Forbo’s Allura LVT collection now includes giant oak planks and 1m x 1m stone tiles, to meet design demands.
With design developments in LVT constantly evolving, contractors can rest assured they can choose the best LVT products to suit individual flooring projects, whether they’re creating a statement or an integrated flooring scheme.
Forbo’s extensive Allura collection, for example, offers more than 100 different, inspiring and exciting designs in varying sizes, with many available in three installation formats; Stick, Tack or Click, to enable design and installation flexibility.
Janet Lowe is head of marketing UK and Ireland, Forbo Flooring Systems