Over 180 m² of Allure floating resilient flooring was laid recently, in just nine hours, at the Medical and Travel Vaccination Centre at OR Tambo International Airport – without any disruption to the centre’s service on a busy Monday morning.
Allure is an innovative American concept in flooring which is being imported to South Africa by Traviata Laminate and Wooden Flooring. The product has a natural wood floor appearance, it is simple to install and requires little or no sub-floor preparation. It can be installed over most hard surfaces, including ceramic tiles, timber, concrete and existing vinyl floors.
Flooring contractor X-Act Flooring handled the OR Tambo Medical Centre installation where Allure was laid on rough concrete tiles, with prominent grout lines.
Hugh Krog, who is responsible for marketing the new product for Traviata, says this meant that the floor had to be levelled first, using a cement-based levelling compound.
“Allure flooring was specified for this application not only because of aesthetics and durability but also because its impervious surface promotes the hygienic environment necessary in a clinic,” says Krog.
In addition, the patented ‘GripStrip’ installation system ensures no gapping and requires no underlay or glue. “This makes Allure the world’s first resilient floor plank that can be installed as a floating floor,” says Krog.
Allure vinyl floors are soft and comfortable underfoot and totally waterproof. This means the product can be installed domestically, in bathrooms, kitchens, and laundries; and commercially, in facilities such as medical rooms, hairdressers, gymnasiums, schools and restaurants, where spillage occurs.
Krog adds that Allure is supplied with a five-year warranty for commercial installations and a 25-year warranty for residential installations.