Karndean Designflooring, the worlds leading supplier of luxury vinyl tiles (LVT), is being increasingly specified for newbuild and refurbishment private and public healthcare projects.
Karndeans six ranges offer a variety of light, mid and dark wood and stone effect vinyl planks and tiles which designers are finding invaluable when developing interior schemes for healthcare applications. With durability, cleanliness and ease of maintenance all taken care of, Karndean Designflooring is being used to create practical and attractive environments that benefit both the patients and staff.
From waiting areas and corridors to family rooms and private wards , design flooring like Karndeans Van Gogh range gives designers the freedom to combine style and functionality to create practical, workable healthcare spaces making the practical, beautiful.
Paul Barratt, Commercial Sales Director for Karndean Designflooring comments:
Designers are quickly realising that floorcoverings like LVT are the perfect choice for creating a durable, hygienic and welcoming environment in hospitals, care homes and day centres. Whilst sheet materials are used for operating theatres and other sterile areas, the patient and visitor oriented rooms can really benefit from the warm and inviting tones of a wood or stone effect flooring which can make the space feel less stark and clinical.
There are numerous practical benefits to using Karndean Designflooring in communal areas, bedrooms, corridors and waiting areas. It is quiet underfoot and has a durable wear of between 0.55 and 0.7mm which means it can withstand the wheels of hospital beds and trolleys.
Care homes in particular have traditionally been fitted with carpet tiles. The fibrous nature of this material can harbour damp from spillages, creating the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Designflooring helps to control bacteria hotspots underfoot, giving staff an easy to clean surface which makes infection control as simple as possible.
By mixing the textures and colours of two or more luxury vinyl tiles, designers and hospital managers can implement zoning in large open spaces such as waiting areas, as well as using strips of colour to create path finding systems along corridors.
Careful planning in the design and preparatory stages of an LVT installation can offer thermal and acoustic benefits to care homes and hospitals of all sizes. With the correct sub-floor preparation such as Karndeans Versilay system, transferable sound can be reduced by up to 21dB.