Karndean and Amtico

KarndeanThe beautiful fashionable flooring from Karndean, Amtico and other suppliers is referred to in the flooring trade as Luxury Vinyl Tiles. These tough vinyl tiles come in the form of various sizes of reproductions of either ceramic tiles, slates, or timber planks, and they now command a substantial proportion of both residential and commercial retail flooring sales.

Initially, this market was led by Amtico, who were then followed by Karndean who produced ranges that were a little less expensive. This approach has been very successful, leading to Karndean obtaining a very large percentage of the present sales of Luxury Vinyl Tiles.

Quite recently, other very experienced and long standing flooring manufacturers have also made these products available, with the result that one can obtain fantastic products that contain features that would only be available from the two big names at a greater cost. These features include a thick wear layer to the tile, bevelled edges, and the latest embossed pattern technology.

With a tile design as illustrated in our photograph, it is usual to include a design strip in between the tiles. These are thin vinyl strips, available in a range of colours which mimic the grout which would be present with ceramic tiles. However, Luxury Vinyl Tiles which feature a bevelled edge, produce a pleasing continuous colour finish without the need for a design strip. It is not usual to divide wood effect planks with design strip, though this can be done. Design strips also come in a variety of widths and can be used to produce interesting and even stunning border effects around the perimeter of the room.

Please call into our Morpeth showroom where we have on display the entire Amtico Spacia range, samples of the various qualities of Karndean, and a Distinctive Flooring selection. These, we believe are the three quality oriented luxury vinyl tile suppliers that we can recommend with confidence.

It is very important to ensure that the subfloor is prepared correctly before any installation. New builds with solid floors, and recently laid concrete slabs must have a resin based damp proof membrane installed under the vinyl tiles to retard the release of moisture to an acceptable degree. Leveling screeds must be chosen carefully to ensure compatibility with the existing floor, otherwise the installation may later fail. Even the application of plywood over a timber floor must be carried out in the correct manner to avoid creaking, bouncing, or the irregularities of floorboards showing through. If you are offered a ‘cheap’ installation, please beware, as the cheap aspect of the work is unseen and may cause the floor to later become problematic or appear unsightly, while a good installation will remain good for many years.