Traditional hard flooring types - stone, ceramic and porcelain - have an enduring appeal and are very well-suited to busy commercial environments but they have their shortcomings too. Design flexibility is limited, installation is laborious and costly and, in many cases, hard floors are ripped up or covered up long before they wear out. This has encouraged innovative producers to create new hard flooring concepts to address these issues.
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In recent years, a new generation of hybrid materials has been evolved which enhance the inherent characteristics of simple stone floors through the implementation of cutting-edge technology. These innovations include liquid stone installed through 3-d printing, clever aggregates with cork and recycled content, easy-fit stone composites and flexible biopolymers. Taken as a whole, this collection constitutes a reinvention of the hard flooring category.
Synthetic flooring, like vinyl, has been widely used as an alternative to solid stone and ceramic floors but the environmental disadvantages of these oil-based products are becoming more widely understood and clients are increasingly seeking materials that deliver the benefits without the negative impacts. So, it’s the perfect time to look at the sustainable alternatives