PRO-TEK’s Distressed Collection includes a series of WPC engineered vinyl floors in tactile wood-effects. All designs feature PRO-TEK’s innovative fast-track construction, which includes a 100% waterproof core and integral acoustic underlay. PRO-TEK™ WPC can be installed in all locations - including bathrooms, basements and over underfloor heating.
The term ‘telegraphing’ describes visible raised areas on the surface of a resilient floor, like sheet vinyl or luxury vinyl tile. These areas generally appear as waves or ridges. Telegraphing is caused by irregularities in the subfloor that transmit through the material, distorting the finish and creating an undulating appearance. Moisture in the subfloor can also be a contributing factor. It’s particularly noticeable on thin sheet vinyl, which has a lot of drape, as well as light coloured and polished surfaces.
PRO-TEK™ WPC will be presenting its new engineered vinyl flooring innovation at the Asset Management & Maintenance Conference & Exhibition later this month. The National House Federation’s annual conference - hosted at the Birmingham Conference & Events Centre (17 and 18 October) - gives housing association delegates access to content and networking tailored to their sector. PRO-TEK™ WPC will be showing its full range of natural-effect floors, which have been designed to provide quality, safety and performance, and to speed installation.
PRO-TEK™ WPC engineered vinyl flooring has been nominated as a finalist in Tomorrow’s Contract Floors Awards 2019. The annual awards are a celebration of “the finest innovations and time-tested solutions” within the flooring industry.
The nomination is for PRO-TEK’s entire range of floors and accessories, which were recently launched at The Flooring Show in Harrogate. It follows earlier award success at the event, where PRO-TEK received a Flooring Innovation Award.
PRO-TEK™ has received a Flooring Innovation Award for its new range of WPC engineered vinyl flooring. The new designs, which will be officially launched at the National Flooring Show in Harrogate, are offered in 40 waterproof wood and stone-effects. All of the designs are suitable for residential and commercial installation and are each offered with colour and décor-matched WPC vinyl-wrapped accessories.
The National Flooring Innovation Award scheme “recognises everything that's new, exciting and innovative in the UK flooring industry”. This year, it attracted over 100 entries, across ten categories, with PRO-TEK™ WPC nominated as a finalist within the ‘smooths’ category.
PRO-TEK’s new range of WPC accessories includes five profile designs, with a colour and décor-matched option for every floor throughout the PRO-TEK™ WPC engineered vinyl floor collection. The new range – which includes 200 individual products - will be launched at The Flooring Show, alongside the wood and stone-effect flooring collections.
The new accessory designs include a T Bar, End Bar, Reducer Bar, L Moulding and Stair Nosing. Each profile measures 2200mm in length and has a waterproof wood plastic composite wrapping, in a wood or stone-effect. Like PRO-TEK™ WPC flooring, the profiles are phthalate-free and all materials used are 100% recyclable.
PRO-TEK™ WPC’s wood-effect floors – and matching accessories - are divided into four collections: 'Excel' rustic planks; '
One of the health-related benefits of PRO-TEK™ WPC engineered vinyl flooring is its phthalate-free construction - but what are phthalates and why should you avoid them?
Phthalates are organic compounds that originate from phthalic acid. These compounds are used as plasticizers; they are added to materials like plastic and PVC to make it more flexible. When they are added, they don’t chemically attach themselves, so they can be released into the air. There is concern that inhaling them can have an adverse effect on our endocrine system, i.e. the organs and glands that produce hormones, and the reproductive system. Some plasticizers are also known carcinogens.
One of the key benefits of PRO-TEK™ WPC engineered vinyl flooring is its fast installation, with minimal ‘prep’. Most vinyl stick-down floors require a fair amount of subfloor preparation, so what makes PRO-TEK™ WPC engineered vinyl flooring different?
The answer lies in the construction. Most sheet vinyl floors are relatively thin and measure between 1.2mm to 5mm. Luxury vinyl tiles tend to be slightly thicker and they’re made up of a PVC vinyl base layer, decorative PVC film and clear vinyl wear layer. In contrast, PRO-TEK™ WPC measures between 7mm - 8.5 mm and has six layers: an IXPE foam underlay base, a waterproof WPC (wood plastic composite) core structure layer with glueless joint, an LVT top layer, décor layer, wear layer and a UV layer on top. This makes the construction more stable; it feels a lot thicker and more rigid than vinyl and LVT, which tends to be quite flexible.