Gerflor - Social housing

THERE’S no doubt that with some social housing developments time is money when it comes to disruption to tenants. The rhythm in terms of laying and installation of new flooring and the actual performance of the specified product are all key elements in the final specification decision. There’s also a very strong argument these days that says all social housing flooring should be fit for purpose, be future proof and in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster, be extremely safe. With the need to provide more social housing homes and higher levels of tenant satisfaction, dedicated luxury vinyl flooring solutions are now in even higher demand. As the look and feel of flooring is seen as crucial, design-driven products that don’t resemble the stereotypical council house floorings of the past are increasingly sought for social housing refurbishment and new build projects.

Gerflor's Attraction range is a solution for renovation. It is a loose lay vinyl tile with interlocking edges which reportedly allows for rapid installation and replacement. This permits the area to remain open and provides a clean installation with no adhesive or dust. A two-person team can install up to 200sq m in 8 hours that is said to be up to four times faster than conventional tiles and can be installed on a sub floor with minimal preparation. With a Protecsol 2 surface treatment it reportedly requires minimal maintenance and is suitable for heavy traffic applications in a host of sectors. There are 15 colour-ways and 3 designs which allows you to mix and match colours and designs.

The Attraction range when compared with alternative flooring such as ceramic tiles reportedly delivers up to 19 dB less noise and when users walk on it underfoot comfort reduces fatigue. With slip-resistant properties and a R10 rating it’s a reportedly popular choice for high traffic areas. Gerflor says Attraction is 100% REACH compliant, is free of formaldehyde, heavy metals, solvents and has 80% recycled content. It also delivers TVOC emissions 100 times better than norm requirements (TVOC < 10 μg/m3 after 28 days) and is Floorscore certified, M1 certified and complies with AgBB protocol with no formaldehyde emissions.

The onus on local authorities and borough councils to provide affordable housing has never been greater. It’s a weighty responsibility and one that Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council (Dudley MBC) take extremely seriously. In making provision for the increased housing demand Dudley MBC, would as a matter of priority, require flooring refurbishments for several of their existing social housing schemes. Dudley MBC approached international flooring specialist Gerflor to supply 20sq m of its GTI Attraction in Moheli. The requirement was for a hard wearing, durable, and heavy traffic resistant flooring solution for their apartment block corridors that would also be easy to maintain and without the high maintenance costs. In addition, Dudley MBC wanted the flooring to be loose laid to keep sections of the area open and to minimise the time and cost of installation. Gerflor’s Attraction range was said to be hugely beneficial to Dudley MBC as it can be lifted individually tile by tile and replaced if damaged without uplifting the entire floor. Dudley MBC also reportedly liked the convenience of the Attraction product packaging for transportation and minimising the issues of their warehouse space.  

Aziz Ahmed, building surveyor, Dudley MBC commented: ‘The Gerflor flooring looks great and seems very hard- wearing, which is perfect for the communal areas of our low and high-rise blocks. Residents are very pleased with the installation time as it was completed within a day.’ He added: ‘We needed something that was very robust, easy to clean and installed with minimum disruption. The Gerflor Attraction range ticked all these boxes.’