What is Kinetex and how does it benefit the flooring industry? Here we discover everything there is to know about this textile composite flooring.

Kinetex textile composite flooring from North American J+J Group has won several awards since its introduction in 2013. This award-winning flooring is built on a foundation of innovation and recently received the Excellence in Product Development Award from the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM).

Kinetex and the other 2014 award winners were announced during a prestigious ceremony held at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel. According to BIFM, Kinetex has the ability to meet a long-standing need for a soft-surface flooring product that performs more like a hard-surface floorcovering. It also meets the rigorous maintenance requirements of educational and healthcare facilities.

“In the healthcare and education markets, people who use the facility can be highly affected by the chosen finishes – even as far as their healing progress and learning abilities,” explains a BIFM spokesperson. “Kinetex meets a particularly high need in educational and healthcare facilities that have much higher standards for cleaning, durability, moisture management, acoustics, indoor air quality, resistance to slips and falls and sustainability.”

Kinetex is constructed of knitted polyester fabric and cushioned polyester felt backing and facility managers appreciate Kinetex’s ease of maintenance, durability, cost-saving advantages and sustainable attributes.

Maintenance
Kinetex is bleach-resistant and virtually unaffected by many common stains. It cleans easily with vacuuming, encapsulation cleaning or hot water extraction (in areas prone to heavy soiling). It retains less water and as a result dries quickly. Maintenance is simple and cost efficient as there is no need for stripping, wear layer application or buffing.

Durability
It offers minimal resistance to rolling traffic and resists crushing, withstanding more than five-million foot-traffic events with minimal wear as was seen in a popular Florida-based entertainment venue.

Cost
Its lifecycle cost of ownership, including flooring materials, installation and maintenance over seven to ten years is significantly less than other prominent floor types within the same category.

Sustainability
Made from more than 55% post-consumer content, it has a 50% lower environmental impact than traditional hard- or soft-surface flooring. In fact, it can be recycled back into itself much like a plastic drinking bottle.

Safety
The unique construction of Kinetex creates one of the most slip-resistant flooring surfaces ever tested, wet or dry – reducing the potential for slip and fall injuries. Its low profile also has minimal rolling resistance, potentially reducing injuries caused by pushing and pulling.

Acoustics
Kinetex offers exceptionally high Noise Reduction Coefficients and Impact Insulation Classifications. Such a degree of acoustic performance results in dramatic reductions in both airborne and structure-borne noise. Its excellent Impact Insulation Classification effectively promotes greater voice recognition, less vocal strain, enhanced learning and improved occupant perception.

All of these benefits resulted in a product that is well suited for several applications, certainly making it worthy in terms of the recognition it has already achieved. “We are extremely honoured to be recognised for this prestigious award,” concludes Keith Gray, J+J Flooring Group’s Director of Product Innovation. “It’s gratifying to be selected by British facility managers and know that our product is viewed as an innovative flooring solution across the globe.”

Acknowledgement and thanks are given to www.tomorrowsflooring.com for the information contained in this article.