Gerflor’s GTI Max
Nobody in their right mind wants to work or study in a dreary, dusty or crumbling environment… unless of course you relish the idea of Hogwarts. Recent research has found that school settings can have a profound impact on both teacher and student outcomes. The conditions of the schools directly impact on the performance of the students and the flooring element of this plays a huge role, as it’s the area that everybody uses the most. Shutting down large areas of a school can have a very detrimental effect on both students and teachers alike. Therefore, any flooring refurbishment of the communal or study areas must consider the time that the facility will need to close to complete the work.
Gerflor understands that reducing the impact of time spent during any refurbishment ensures that a school can continue with its all-important business of teaching pupils. Using fast-track flooring products like Gerflor’s GTI Max reportedly allows refurbishments to be carried out swiftly without having to close-down large areas of the school, or indeed pupils having their education adversely affected while the work is being carried out.
Gerflor’s GTI Max range is said to be suited to a variety of education applications with high resistance for extreme traffic. It also reportedly provides easy installation and maintenance for less disruption to the daily operation of a school or college. It is one of the best PVC heavy traffic flooring solutions in the marketplace and offers a truly fit for purpose product that delivers an easy, long-lasting renovation resolution for specifiers and contractors alike, the manufacturer says.
The GTI Max wear layer is reinforced by specific oblong fillers that offer resistance to traffic and is reinforced with 2 glass fibre grids on either side of an intermediate pressed homogeneous layer. GTI’s backing is a 4mm thick black pressed homogeneous sheet and its surface is a coloured homogeneous sheet 2 mm thick. GTI Max is said to be 100% recyclable and is also made with up to 80% recycled content.
Gerflor says the GTI Max range provides a speedy renovation solution and can be installed over many existing floorcoverings with minimal subfloor preparation, no adhesives and most importantly… no disruption or need to close the establishment. It comes with the polyurethane surface treatment PUR+ for ease of maintenance and specifiers and designers can also benefit from mixing and matching colours to create corners and walkways using its modular tile format in 23 stunning colour choices.
GTI Max is reportedly 100% REACH compliant, Floorscore certified, free of formaldehyde, free of heavy metals and solvents and manufactured in an ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 certified site. GTI Max delivers TVOC emissions 10 times better than norm requirements (TVOC < 100 μg/m3 after 28 days).
When the Whitworth Park School and Sixth Form College in Spennymoor, near Durham undertook a refurbishment of their existing floors they turned to Gerflor who would supply GTI Max flooring. This was said to prove its worth in saving Durham County Council both time and money, as there was no need for the school to close with the installation being completed in only four days.
Philip Etherington, senior building surveyor from Durham County Council Design Services said: 'we initially commenced on site on the basis that we were going to remove the existing Granwood screed and vinyl. However, following two days on site we decided to stop the works due to the amount of dust and time it was taking to remove the existing floor'. He went on to add, 'we decided instead to install 600m2 of Gerflor’s GTI Max Carbon which eliminated the issues with dust, saving us money and time. GTI Max allowed us to go over the top of the existing Granwood floor finish without any subfloor preparation or having to remove it whilst still allowing the existing floor finish to breath'.
David Stone, interim headteacher at Whitworth Park School and Sixth Form College commented: 'we are incredibly pleased with the Gerflor flooring and its installation. The flooring itself was installed without issue and it has 'lifted' the corridors in which we have had it fitted'. David added: 'our cleaning staff have informed me that it is easy to clean and maintain and marks are removed with ease. We are very impressed with the Gerflor GTI Max flooring and are extremely happy to recommend it to other institutions'.