Products

These are the brands we carry:
-Armstrong Luxe
-Armstrong Alterna
-Duraceramic
-Marmorette Vinyl

Green Aspects of Vinyl

Vinyl is not a new product and has always had many environmental benefits. The natural raw materials used to create Vinyl are available in abundance: linseed oil, resin, wood flour, cork floor, ecologically responsible pigments and jute. The plants and trees that supply Vinyl’s raw materials also contribute to the production of oxygen and the subsequent reduction of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, thus reducing the amount of greenhouse gasses present in the atmosphere.
Green Benefits of Vinyl:

  • Made from all natural materials
  • Natural raw materials used are available in abundance
  • Raw materials are harvested with little energy use
  • Main energy resource is the sun
  • Can be recycled
  • Can be safely added to landfill refuse sites (natural decomposition)
  • Fully biodegradable
  • Does not release harmful substances or gases


Vinyl is a type of floor covering invented by Frederick Walton, who set up the first factory to produce the material in 1859, in Staines, England, and patented the formula for making this covering by 1860. By the end of the 1860s, the floor covering was becoming particularly popular and Walton’s factory made a steady business of selling the product to both English and American consumers.

Walton’s basic recipe for Vinyl combined linseed oil, also called linoxyn, with either wood or cork dust, and then backed this material with canvas or burlap. This recipe produced some of the most durable flooring available, which was water resistant, easy to clean, and a great replacement for carpet or wood flooring.

Vinyl is now available in a wide variety of patterns, and is usually sold on rolls, much like carpet is. Prices per square foot will range. Specific designs on the floor covering may also command a higher price, depending upon how intricate they are.

There are several reasons why consumers all over the world are rediscovering Vinyl and are making it their choice for floor renovations. The price factor tops the list of such reasons because Vinyl flooring, offering a great variety of decorative options, still remains quite affordable. Another advantage of using Vinyl flooring is its incredible durability.

Vinyl flooring manufacturers use in their products such natural renewable and ecological materials, such as cork powder, rosin, pigments or linseed oil; which makes Vinyl flooring not only durable, but also rather ecology friendly material.

 

The Green Aspects of Cork

Cork represents a special kind of renewable resource because it is a harvested resource (only the bark is harvested from the tree). Cork floors are made from the waste cork that makes wine stoppers. A law in the 1930’s called “The 9 Year Law” was passed to keep cork from being harvested any sooner than every 9 years. The tree has to reach 60 cm in circumference before it can be harvested. The first harvest from a cork tree can only occur at age 25.
Green Benefits of Cork:

  • Renewable resource
  • Recycled product
  • Never harvested before it’s mature
  • Tree is not destroyed or damaged when harvested
  • Maximum benefits are achieved by using water-based finishes and adhesives

CORK

Cork used in the manufacture of cork flooring comes from the bark of the Cork Oak tree. The bark is harvested by peeling it away from the trunk and branches every 9 – 12 years and does not necessitate the felling of the tree. Unlike other types of trees that may die when they have their bark removed, the Cork, Oak survives and will grow back its bark again within a decade. As these trees can live to 200 years or more it means that the cork can be harvested many times over, which makes it an ideal material for the manufacture of a wide variety of products, the most common clearly being cork floors and wine corks.

One of the most outstanding features of a cork floor is its natural beauty. Modern manufacturing processes that compress the cork to various degrees add to the variety of textures and patterns available. We offer a wide choice of patterns and colors that ensures there is something to suit just about everyone and also provides the ability to color coordinate with just about any color scheme in a home or commercial property.

 

It’s friendly to the environment

The increased awareness of environmental issues has also meant that cork has become a preferred choice of flooring amongst environmentally conscious consumers. Consumers can buy a cork floor secure in the knowledge that their purchase has not been at the expense of the world’s rainforests.

Cork has many benefits

The benefits of cork floors are numerous, many of which are instrumental factors in attracting consumers to them in the first place. Firstly, cork provides natural thermal insulation and therefore preserves energy and can result in reduced heating bills.

Cork also has a natural ability to absorb sound and is ideal for use in an apartment that has neighbors above and below. In a house located near a busy road it can help to deaden the sound from passing vehicles. It is also naturally hypoallergenic and antistatic, and is a type of flooring that very much suits allergy sufferers.

Cork flooring has shock absorbing properties that appeal to the elderly or those that suffer from aching joints or back and bone complaints and gives an under foot level of comfort that simply cannot be matched by any other kind of wooden floor. Furthermore, despite its rubbery feel, cork is tough, durable and does not scuff easily.