The industry continues to innovate, constantly pushing the boundaries of flooring. Wood is appearing more textured, vinyl flooring is becoming more luxurious. Some of the latest trends in commercial carpet flooring installations are organic multi-directional designs, incorporating bright colours and new shapes.
LVTs – the fastest growing market segment
Luxury vinyl floors (LVTs) has been the fastest growing flooring market segment in the past two years. Technology and manufacturing processes have improved to the extent that vinyl floors have become visually indistinguishable from real wood.
Van Dyck Floors offers two LVT ranges called Rococo and Verso. These are in plank form and are suitable for both residential and commercial applications. Rococo is a stick down vinyl that comes in stylish colours and designs and is suitable for homes and commercial spaces.
Verso is a unique click vinyl flooring that offers a superior locking system for a much easier and quicker installation. Verso Click is a floating floor system that doesn’t need glue and can be fitted over a number of surfaces such as concrete, wood, certain carpets and ceramics.
Wood-like flooring remains a firm favourite among both residential and commercial clients. Laminate wood from Pergo creates structural stability, ensuring less movement in the floor. The authentic look and feel can give any room clean visual lines and a distinct contemporary look. The Domestic Elegance, Living Expression Long Plank and Living Expression AquaSafe are the first Pergo ranges available that are now fully stocked in South Africa by Van Dyck Floors.
For designers looking for a high-performance solution, Pergo Living Expression AquaSafe is recommended. This flooring is water-resistant, making it ideal for kitchens, bathrooms and other wet areas, allowing it to compete head-on with LVT’s. A water repellent coating on the plank edges also ensures that water cannot penetrate the floor. The unique surface texture with deeper structures is created using a technique that reproduces the deep grooves of wood to perfection.
Carpets are more sustainable
Carpets remain very popular in commercial application because of their acoustic benefits, improved indoor air quality and underfoot comfort and they are more environmentally friendly than ever before. Van Dyck Floors has a wide range of eco-friendly carpets with fibres that are sourced from PFE extrusion, a sister company that is committed to environmentally friendly processes and is ISO 14 001 accredited. Both companies also focus on minimising waste, reducing energy usage, emissions as well as the use of hazardous materials. It also recycles any waste resulting from production and makes sure old carpets are reused, rather than taken to already overfull landfills.
Van Dyck Floors has also introduced a number of products to respond to the current industry trends, most of which are locally manufactured items. The company offers bright colours in different sizes, which can add striking highlights to what could be a dull floor. The company also has a new product called the Optimum Collection. This collection consists of three new ranges manufactured in Van Dyck Floors’ ISO 14001 accredited factory. It is a heavy commercial carpet tile collection that offers multi-directional designs and adds creativity to the floor.
The products meet the requirements for green star rating, that is, low VOC’s and more than 40% recycled material used in the manufacturing processes. Van Dyck Floors is also ISO 14064 certified (Verification of Green House Gas Emissions) and is Carbon Trust certified for reducing its Carbon Footprint by more than 40% over the last 4 years.
Van Dyck recently introduced the Athena Woven Vinyl Tile Collection. Athena incorporates a blend of timeless hues and modern designs and consists of intricately woven strands of PVC, forming highly visual, futuristic designs, which combine extreme durability and comfort, whilst exploring the boundaries of flooring design. The collection is inspired by Athena, Greek goddess of arts and crafts, and master of weaving.