Floors & Flooring

“Depending on your needs, one might be better than another, but all flooring types have their limitations”

Vinyl Available in sheets or squares, vinyl flooring varies in strength and quality grades, and this versatile material is a popular and cost-effective solution for those looking for flooring that is easy to install and maintain. Vinyl sheets can be laid in communal corridors as well as inside properties. The material is also easy to clean, making it an attractive choice to landlords looking to keep costs down. Moreover, compared to other flooring options, vinyl is relatively inexpensive and can be cut to shape and installed fairly quickly. However, vinyl bonding can perish quickly when exposed to very high

traffic and is susceptible to rips and tears. If this occurs, it cannot be refinished like resin – instead, the damaged area must be removed and replaced. Furthermore, vinyl can be stained more easily than concrete or resin.

Overcoming limitations There is a huge range of flooring options available for managed sites and depending on your needs, one might be better than another, but all flooring types have their limitations. These can be overcome by enhancing

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the materials with anti-slip solutions. GRP strips and nosings can be retro-fitted to existing flooring to protect both your flooring and the people walking upon it, making them ideal for entrance ways and other high-traffic areas. For example, anti-slip stair tread covers are an easy to install solution

for busy stairwells. They are a complete one-piece section, which includes a drop down nosing over the stair riser. This allows the edging to be colour contrasting, which has the additional benefit of assisting the visually impaired to define the step edge when descending or ascending the stairs. They will resist the high footfall and impact for many years without any wear or tear, making it ideal for any high traffic area. Beyond periodic cleaning, anti-slip stair treads require no maintenance and can have a 100 per cent non-corrosion and rust guarantee thanks to their GRP structure. Furthermore, anti-slip covers and treads are designed to take long-term punishment. The aggregate grit surface of GRP treads is aluminium oxide, which is embedded within the base resin surface of the tread. This makes it very resistant to wear and when combined with traditional flooring materials and the flooring surface can last for years with little upkeep. When it comes to flooring safety, a "belt and braces" approach is always

favourable. Combining your flooring choice with a GRP anti-slip solution will give you the best possible resilience and protection for your property and the people walking through it.

Barry Eagle is the managing director of GripClad.

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