Forbo Flooring - Education
RECOMMENDING floorcoverings for schools and universities can be a big challenge, as not only must the chosen products contribute to an inspiring and motivational interior, but they must also meet the practical necessities required. What’s more, it’s vital that the floor coverings are also quick and easy to install, to reduce downtime and minimise the impact of day-to-day activity.
With this in mind, Forbo Flooring Systems launched a new adhesive-free sheet vinyl range in 2018, which it says offers excellent dimensional stability and an unrivalled choice of colour and design, making it a suitable choice for applications where a quick turnaround is required to minimise disruption.
Forbo says Modul’up requires no adhesive, tackifier or double-sided tape, which means it can be installed quickly but most importantly, can be walked on immediately after installation. Thanks to its double structural stabilisation system, which incorporates two layers of fibre glass fleece within the construction (compared to only one layer in standard vinyl), Modul’up will reportedly not curl, ruck or roll once installed.
Furthermore, its unique single sided tape system, which is said to ensure the product stays tightly in place, means Modul’up is reportedly quicker to install and can also be fitted while the premises are still in use, as there is little or no noise, dust or adhesive odours. This makes it a suitable solution for application areas such as those within the education sector, where disruption needs to be kept at a minimum, Forbo says.
Garry Bateman, head of technical at Forbo, explains the benefits further: ‘The Modul’up range provides end users with a product that will not only contribute positively to better indoor environments as it is free from the usual constraints associated with adhesives such as odours, dust or VOCs from subfloor preparation – but it also offers an array of contemporary colour and designs to choose from. The range consists of a palette of 20 colours, all of which are available in the compact version, which ensures minimal indentation and is perfect for high traffic areas, and the enhanced Decibel (19dB) version, which is ideal for environments where impact noise needs to be minimised.’
From the ten wood items, including realistic rustic oak shades with wood embossing, to the seven concrete and stone effects, alongside three bright colour pops which are particularly suited for primary education, Modul’up delivers an ‘unrivalled choice of design’ in adhesive free vinyl, the company says.
At the end of its service life, Modul’up is also said to be instantly ready for recycling, as once lifted, there is no adhesive residue stuck to the back of the material, and the subfloor is left clean and sound for repeat installation.
Forbo concludes, saying significant savings in both time and money can also be achieved when it comes to replacing a Modul’up floor covering with another Modul’up floor covering later down the line. It is said to be quicker to remove and install; there is no subfloor preparation or drying time required and no delay in walking on the material after installation compared to a glued down floor covering.