The Build-Environment and Flooring Market Post Covid-19
Last month, Duraflor conducted a market survey gauging what our customer base of architects, specifiers, fit-out companies, main contractors, flooring contractors and building contractors thought would be the key changes that our industry might see for the remainder of 2020. Do you think the build-environment and flooring market post Covid-19 will be significantly changed? This is what we found:
There was a considerable spread of feeling about the buoyancy of the market for the rest of 2020, while some expected a slightly depressed market, others were predicting a busy second half of the year. Those with the most positive outlook for the remainder of 2020 had a mixed sector portfolio, often including domestic and retail sectors. It certainly isn’t all doom and gloom out there, which is good for all to hear.
Contractors involved in the provision of commercial flooring generally expect there to be a greater requirement for anti-bacterial Safety Flooring and LVT solutions. Interestingly, there was an even spread of views across these two ‘easy clean’ flooring solutions. The need for one versus the other is most likely to be driven by the building use or a H&S specification.
Contractors involved purely in domestic projects are not expecting any flooring requirement changes and this also applies to some contractors working on a combination of domestic, retail and education projects – this is probably not unexpected and highlights further a potential shift in office flooring.
Responses also indicate that the key changes most likely to impact the work done post COVID-19 are mainly around the continuation of social distancing measures (and the 2m distancing minimum), wellbeing and the consideration of others in the design and execution of projects. By comparison, relatively few customers cited economic uncertainty as the key impact to their post COVID-19 work, which suggests that addressing the people considerations will likely dominate the sector for the foreseeable future.
It is perhaps not surprising that when we launched our Social Distancing Carpet Tiles Range CREATE SD earlier this week, it proved extremely popular and we were flooded with enquiries. It is easy to appreciate how such a simple idea would work.
Carpet Tiles can be printed with reminders about keeping 2 metres apart and in busy offices, that want to strictly adhere to the Government’s guidance, they can replace existing tiles at convenient 2m intervals throughout a full floor plan.
The printed high quality contract flooring tiles are also available with arrows in grey, black and yellow. A key use for this is to provide direction of corridor use or to indicate entry and exit routes in busy entrance ways.
The standard range in grey and black tiles will work well with many floor plans yet are distinctive enough to highlight the key message of Social Distancing.
In addition to Social Distancing Tiles Duraflor also launched two sizes of entrance mats for both interior and exterior use. These also act as a reminder to staff and visitors to respect the company’s desire to help mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
We also recommend our recently introduced Rhinosan range is included as part of any COVID-19 prevention plan. This range of sanitisers is a convenient and cost-effective way to keep hygiene standards high and can be recommended to clients along with the social distancing flooring solutions.
If you are looking for more information on what you should have in place for employees returning to work we recommend the following guide. It include details from the World Health Organisation on getting the workplace ready.
Recommended, professional deep clean sanitiser range – not just for flooring.
Duraflor are pleased to be able to offer our customers a range of sanitisers for eliminating bacteria on flooring and multiple surfaces. Ideal for healthcare and catering environments, and for offices and other public spaces.
We have recognised the need to provide our customers with a range they can trust, and that gives peace of mind beyond the hygiene now expected for flooring surfaces, we are therefore delighted to recommend this range.
Both products, Rhinosan Deep Clean and Intensive Clean pass EN 1276, 13704, 1650, 14476 & 14675. They are for professional use only and have been certified to kill 99.9% of bacteria. This includes E. coli, HIV, Hepatitis C, MRSA & Clostridium difficile. Our R509 Intensive Clean is a powerful bactericidal and virucidal multiple surfaces sanitiser, which has been specifically created for high risk environments.
These products are both safe and easy to use – both comply with the EU Biocidal Product Directive 98/8/EC (ensuring a high level of protection for humans, animals and the environment) and can be applied using a spray, wipe or through wet mopping if required.
In stock and available for immediate dispatch. For more details contact us on 01592 630030.
Download our PDF of the range benefits. Looking to help clients with a Social Distancing solution take a look at our CREATE SD range.
A product that Duraflor has been selling for quite some time has seen a significant uplift in interest as a result of the Coronavirus.
The Duraclad range comprises of a wide range of PVC wall cladding colour options, a specially formulated 2-part adhesive and matching profiles – giving you a comprehensive system in stock for next day delivery. Combine with anti-bacterial Duragrip safety flooring or self-disinfecting Galahad range, and you can achieve a seamless hygienic zone in a medical environment, or even a fully sealed wet room if required.
Duraclad’s wipe clean, high impact resistant surface means no grout lines to support bacterial growth. Making it easier to maintain and clean with sanitiser and the ideal solution to prevent the spread of viruses and the growth of mould and bacteria.
Additionally Duraclad creates an aesthetically pleasing surface that transforms interiors, as it can be used over most substrates.
At Duraflor we believe protecting lives and saving the NHS are imperative, and we support the many sites that have been closed down to enable this. We also appreciate that some contractors are now supporting important NHS projects and other projects, which are deemed essential. We will of course do everything in our power to help in these circumstances.
There is obviously a high level of uncertainty in the industry at present and changes are unfolding daily. We are aware that the Construction Industry Council has published a list of circumstances when sites can remain open and they have also issued guidance onsite operating procedures. This is likely to be subject to change. And, while there is no substitute for Government official websites and trusted news sources, it is probably worth monitoring sites such as the Construction Industry Council, who are keen to keep those in our industry as up to date with developments as possible. We will continue to monitor the situation closely ourselves and provide as much information as we can to our customer base.
We are pleased to welcome Paul Revell to the Duraflor team. Paul joins us as Business Development Manager for Scotland and brings with him a wealth of experience in the specification market and wider construction industry. The flooring sector is also no stranger to Paul, joining us with over 14 years of knowledge of supplying flooring products to the commercial sector.
Paul is becoming part of the team during an exciting period of growth for the company. Based in Edinburgh, he is very much looking forward to meeting with his customer base and introducing our 2020 programme of new products. We feel sure he will add a great deal of insight to the business and be able to assist our clients with a wide range of project requirements.
When it comes to knowing what designers and flooring contractors want, the flooring experts at Duraflor think they have it covered, especially with this new looselay range. Espressa is an impressively fast and stylish flooring solution in so many ways….
Created specifically with the needs of the interior designer in mind. We understand the importance of making a good first impression; and the ability to instantly create a stunning look, particularly one that will stand the test of time.
When we were thinking of a name for this range, we wanted to conjure up that idea of an ‘impressive’, yet ‘instantly achieved’ look that didn’t restrict the opportunity to ‘express’ creativity. Something that even a tight range of well-designed Luxury Vinyl Tiles can afford, if carefully selected.
This concise but on-trend colour range is available from stock. This enables us to offer a fast turnaround, but but still meet many of the design and specification requirements of a busy commercial environment. We appreciate for project managers and for flooring contractors offering both these benefits is a major factor, when determining a supplier.
However, the benefits don’t stop there, being loose lay means installation is fast and easy, and with a wear layer of 0.7mm and an R10 slip-rating, the range is ideal for heavy traffic areas.
The new Blizzard range has just been launched from Duraflor, and is likely to kick up quite a storm. Quality in a modern design, competitively priced – it could prove quite a force to be reckoned with.
It partners with the Duraflor Magnitude range to make a very different type of design Collection. Magnitude in both name and styling is all about singular direction and force. It is a popular linear design in classic colours, that will add perspective and energy to a room.
In contrast, Blizzard available in the same colourways, provides a non-directional swirl and subtleness to your canvas. Tiles laid randomly come together seamlessly, just like the perfect storm might do.
Combining both, as you move through a building, you are able to completely change the feel of a room, while still keeping continuity of colour scheme.
Duraflor are now on Pinterest with some very inspiring boards that take insights from colour trends, texture, nature and of course the design and build environment within which we operate.
However, as we were adding the Pantone colour of the year Classic Blue, it got us thinking beyond our Blue Pinterest Board, with its stunning blue carpet tiles and inspiring designs, to the meaning of blue sky thinking itself. A natural leap for us, but what about ‘blue sky thinking’ being a natural leap for everyone? We found a great article on ‘thinking outside of the box’ – or rather thinking ‘inside the box’ and why that might be preferable.
The article explains the need to think about the constraints of the box to truly come up with innovative solutions that work. In other words, the box actually defines the realities and the details that you need for your idea to have any legs. This is where Duraflor, as experts in flooring can really help. Our heritage, and the unique experience of our staff, means we really understand the needs of both flooring contractors and designers. We actually talk about this and our philosophy around ‘creative thinking inside the box’ on our people page.
Our ranges are both inspired and practical, and created with differing budgets in mind. Ranges that are grounded in the reality of a client’s needs, yet still reflect the inspiration we all seek from platforms such as Pinterest.
While Duraflor are now on Pinterest, so you can see our tiles and some of the inspiration behind them in the virtual environment; we also offer a very special Project Service, you might find of interest to. A sample presentation box with a selection of tiles from different ranges, so you have everything you need to help either you or a client make a quick decision. We will even write the project or client name on the box for you. So if it is a selection of blue tiles you are looking for in 2020, look no further we are here to help.
When you have a range as successful as Momenta, it is important to keep it fresh. The new designs in the MOMENTA range do just that. We now stock 20 wood, metallic and stone effect designs in popular colours.
Many favourites remain in the range, while new designs such as Weathered Oak, Limed Elm (above), Shadow Oak, Poured Lead and White Sparkle have been added, so as to ensure that the range remains on trend.
Sales Manager Edward Smerdon said of the new colours “it is not just that we were looking to keep the range fresh, we have increasingly noticed how our customers have been combining designs to create interesting tonal effects on the floor – we were keen to offer up a range that could maximise this creativity.”
The MOMENTA range is ideal for high traffic areas, giving a client both functionality and style, and now it offers even more design possibilities.