R-Values of flooring types
Wednesday April 15, 2015 09:13
Cork Flooring (3mm – 6mm) R-0.50 to R-1.12
Cork/MDF/laminate (12.7mm) R-1.175 – R-1.18
Dekwall Cork Wall Tiles (3mm) R-0.0583
Engineered Wood 15mm R-0.64
Hydrocork laminate (6mm) R-0.05
Introducing Kinetex: Just Don't Call It a Carpet Tile...
Tuesday April 14, 2015 15:56
Kinetex is a hybrid: thinner and more durable than carpet tile, this “textile composite flooring” is suited for hard-surface tile applications...
Kinetex can be used in place of hard-surface flooring such as VCT in many applications and has a much smaller environmental footprint, but it offers many of the performance and design options of carpet tiles.
J&J Flooring Group, manufacturers of modular and broadloom carpet for commercial applications, recently introduced Kinetex, a soft-surface floor covering that blends attributes of hard surfaces and carpet (comfort and acoustics) to create a unique, hybrid flooring material for use in offices, hospitals, conference centers, and similar medium- to high-traffic applications. Officially launched at NeoCon in June 2013, Kinetex was designed primarily as an alternative to hard-surface flooring, but it also compares favorably with standard carpet tiles on environmental points.
The product of more than 15 years of development, “Kinetex is the first new category of flooring that’s been introduced in 10 years if not longer,” trumpets Keith Gray, director of product innovation at J&J Flooring Group. The 24" x 24" semi-rigid tiles are thinner, weigh less, and are less expensive than most standard carpet tiles—at approximately 0.20" thick compared to 0.25"–0.60"—and have a tough, woven-fiber-surface wear layer. Though Kinetex shares some similar materials to carpet, “We go out of our way to make sure people don’t think of this as a carpet,” he said.
Most carpet tiles have backings made from one material, such as PVC, and fibers made from something very different, such as nylon 6,6. Secondary backings, supporting mesh, and other components make up the rest of the carpet. The various layers are stitched and bound together with adhesives, so in order to recycle the carpet, the face fibers and backing are usually mechanically separated, an inefficient process.
Kinetex is unique because it is essentially a homogenous flooring made from approximately 93% polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and 7% polyethylene (PE) by mass. The face fibers and backing are chemically similar and can be thermally fused together without the use of resins or adhesives, so when its service life is over, Kinetex can be ground and processed into new backing in one step without costly material separation and sorting or loss of performance.
…and contains post-consumer recycled content
More than 60% of the materials used in Kinetex are from recycled content, with a minimum 50% post-consumer PET, sourced primarily from soda and water bottles. The face fibers are virgin, solution-dyed PET, with a textured, woven surface that minimizes slippage while maximizing abrasion resistance and durability, according to Gray. Virgin face fibers are used because they are generally more durable than recycled fibers and are available in more color and style options (the company is considering using recycled content in the face fibers as well). Kinetex uses solution-dyed fibers—where dyes are part of the fiber itself—which resist fading and stains and can be cleaned with bleach solutions and similar chemicals. Solution dyeing is also much better for the environment than surface dyeing, requiring significantly less water during the process.
Like most carpet, Kinetex is treated with short-chain(PFCs) to resist dirt and improve its lifespan; though the long-term health and environmental impact of these compounds are not fully understood, PFCs do not break down in the environment, and long-chain versions are carcinogens.
While Kinetex could be seen as a super-low-profile carpet tile, J&J sees benefits in to installing this soft-surface flooring where hard surfaces such as vinyl composite tile (VCT) are ubiquitous. Kinetex has a smaller environmental footprint than VCT, which contains PVC, and it is more slip resistant, is more comfortable to walk and work on, and provides a much better sound dampening than hard surfaces (with a company-reported noise reduction coefficient of 0.33), yet it also has low rolling resistance and resists compression, according to Gray, so wheelchairs and carts still move easily.
In order to compete with hard surfaces, however, Kinetex has to be durable and easy to maintain. As mentioned, Kinetex resists staining, but regular maintenance—a critical component of carpet and Kinetex durability—is similar to that of carpet and includes vacuuming, spot cleaning, and deeper interim cleaning, depending on foot traffic and dirt. Kinetex should be much easier to maintain than VCT, however, which requires regular chemical stripping and refinishing. Though it is new to the market, in a trial application at a Florida venue, J&J claims the flooring has withstood the equivalent of 5 million foot-traffic events (the equivalent foot traffic of 47 Super Bowls) with minimal wear.
Introducing Vorwerk FreeForm Carpet Tiles...
Friday March 20, 2015 12:12
German magazine A&W selected Werner Aisslinger as Designer of the Year 2014. His spheres of designing activity centre on the fields of architecture, art and industrial design. While doing so his work consciously crosses genredefining boundaries time and again.
The unconventional perspectives that Werner Aisslinger adopts during the design process repeatedly have one feature in common: fascinating. While developing the new FREEFORM lines, this award winning designer was once again able to make the most of his innate feel for the interaction of materials and shapes.
For more information on these FreeForm Carpet Tiles click here...
Our Top Selling Cork colour for 2014 - Flock Moonlight WRT Plank
Friday December 19, 2014 08:26
Our top selling colour for 2013-2014 Flock Moonlight, a graceful visual with big random virgin cork portions creates an elegant and delightful ambiance.
About Corkcomfort WRT Planks
Corkcomfort WRT Planks are a Greenguard Gold certified floating floor solution. Each plank is 1220x140mm wide and click together with an Angle/Drop lock installation system. The stained cork in the WRT planks are offered in 3 stain designs plus the naturals. The planks are micro-bevelled . The WRT finish is a residential application that allows your floor to stand years of wear and tear while still looking brand new. The state-of-the-art CORKPROTECT technology, a paraffin-based, all-around edge sealing system protects effectively against moisture. Corkcomfort WRT is certified as completely biodegradeable, renewable and sustainable and it's natural properties allow it to retain CO2 contributing to the preservation of our planet.
- Dimensions: 10.5mm x 140mm x 1220mm * WRT Finish * Four sided micro bevel * Angle/Drop Locking System * CORKPROTECT a paraffin based edge sealing system * Greenguard Gold Certified * Warranty: 30 years residential, 5 years commercial
To view click Corkcomfort plank range
Coming soon RE/COVER green
Sunday February 23, 2014 14:37
Vorwerk launches a new elastic flooring made of Castor Oil... only from EcoFloors, the innovators in sustainable surfaces
Recent renovation featuring Identity Moonlight...
Monday February 3, 2014 16:24
Here is a selection of Wicanders CorkComfort 'Identity Moonlight' installed into the dining and lounge area. The color of the Identity Moonlight cork creates light and warmth in this once dark area of the house...
Wicanders Cork Flooring used in 20ft & 40ft Shipping Containers...
Wednesday January 22, 2014 11:33
Royal Wolf is a specialist in the hire, sale & modification of new & refurbished shipping containers. Utilising the steel fabrication skill sets of this company, Room11 take the claustrophobic volume within a regular shipping container and transform it into a spacious light filled work environment with planted internal courtyards.
The Project functions as the administrative and site office for the company at their depot and fabrication centre in Sunshine, Victoria. Offices and reception revolve around a centralised courtyard, with the meeting room, the kitchen and State and regional manager offices linked to further courtyards.
The design utilises whole containers, positioned in a way that 20ft and 40ft containers create four courtyards and externally form a complete rectangle. Ends of containers are sheared off and replaced with face fixed full height glazing. Rather than cover the metal skin of the containers internally, the sheared ends are re-used to create insulated sandwich panels, exposing and celebrating the raw container skin. The ceiling is also left exposed and insulated on top with rigid insulation and a membrane roof. Finally two containers are placed on end, creating a high narrow void with skylight at the entry while functioning as a marker for signage within the flat terrain.
Positioned next to a major road in an industrial area, there is a constant drone of large vehicles and heavy traffic. Each work space receives direct views to the courtyards. The office is internalised, the gardens bringing light and tranquility to an otherwise loud and hectic industrial intersection.
Wicanders Cork Flooring is featured in the design. Scroll below to view the beautiful Wicanders Cork Flooring used...
Wicanders Cork Flooring receives GREEN TAG CERTIFIED
Tuesday December 3, 2013 14:45
Wicanders® Corkcomfort Floating NPC, Woodcomfort Floating HPS, Woodcomfort Glue-down HPS, and Woodcomfort Floating NPC
Global GreenTagCertTM Level A Certified, very low VOC, resilient cork flooring with scratch, wear and stain resistant surfaces for heavy traffic areas including Wicanders' strongest surface protection Wear Resistant Technology (WRT) or High Performance Surfaces (HPS). Corkcomfort Floating WRT; Corkcomfort Floating HPS and Artcomfort Floating HPS ranges are a multilayered cork and high density fibreboard (HDF) floor tiles. Corkcomfort Glue-down WRT and Corkcomfort Glue-down HPS are a multilayered cork floor tile. All products are suitable for residential and commercial applications.
Wicanders®, Amorim Revestimentos' premium brand products, are fully imported from Portugal and available in a wide variety of textures, colours and finishes. The products incorporate the natural insulating and shock resistive properties of cork oak to provide a low impact surface for biomechanical comfort, natural thermal insulation and sound absorption characteristics. These products are manufactured from renewable FSC sourced cork and HDF and have undergone independent Life Cycle Analysis. The Corkcomfort and Artcomfort ranges are recyclable and positively contribute to CO2sequestration. The products have very low TVOC emissions, which improves indoor air quality (IAQ) and have been tested by Greenguard, demonstrating emissions levels compliant with Green Star® Indoor Environmental Quality specifications.
Artcomfort Floating HPS products are a multilayered cork and HDF floor tile with Realistic Surface Technology (RST), an optical image layer to provide a realistic variety of artistic designs reproducing marble, slate, stone, metal, and various textile and wood grain surfaces over a cork substrate.Artcomfort Floating HPS is available in over 40 colours and patterns and features a tongue and groove interlocking edge design called Corkloc®. The product is finished with HPS for heavy traffic areas such as commercial, business or general public areas. (NOT AVAILABLE IN NEW ZEALAND)
The Corkcomfort range features unique cork veneer textures in over 62 different colours and designs.
Corkcomfort Floating WRT products are a multilayered cork and HDF floor tile. The product is finished with a WRT topcoat and ceramic layer which provides anti-slip and scratch resistant protection for heavy traffic residential areas over a cork veneer, and includes Corkloc® interlocking edges.
Corkcomfort Glue-down WRT products are a multilayered agglomerated cork floor tile with a WRT topcoat and ceramic layer which provides anti-slip and scratch resistant protection over a cork veneer.
Corkcomfort Floating HPS products are a multi-layered cork and HDF floor tile. The product is finished with HPS finish for heavy traffic residential and commercial areas over a cork veneer and includes Corkloc® interlocking edges.
Corkcomfort Glue-down HPS products are a multi-layered agglomerated cork floor tile with HPS finish over a cork veneer for heavy traffic areas.
The Woodcomfort range features unique wood veneer textures in a combination of 18 different wood grain veneers and colours suitable for applications such as education, retail, office, halls, and hospitality, and sports facilities such as gymnasiums.
Woodcomfort Floating HPS products are an agglomerated cork and HDF floor tile. The product is finished with a High Performance Surface (HPS) over a wood veneer for heavy traffic areas and features Corkloc® interlocking edges.
Woodcomfort Glue-down HPS products are a multi-layered agglomerated cork floor tile with HPS varnish over a wood veneer for heavy traffic areas.
Woodcomfort Floating NPC products are a wood veneer and agglomerated cork and HDF floor tile. The product is finished in a NPC surface treatment which provides high shock, scratch and wear resistance as well as flexibility, UV stability and chemical resistance. The product is designed for heavy commercial traffic areas, and includes Corkloc® interlocking edges.
For more product information the Wicanders product's brochures can be downloaded here:
- Artcomfort Floating HPS
- Corkcomfort Floating WRT
- Corkcomfort Glue-down WRT
- Corkcomfort Floating HPS
- Corkcomfort Glue-down HPS
- Woodcomfort Floating HPS
- Woodcomfort Glue-down HPS
- Woodcomfort Floating NPC
All Corkcomfor products are Global GreenTagCertTM GreenRate Level A Certified under Scheme A11. See 'Detailed Assessment' tab above for Green Star®recognised Certification.
All Woodcomfort products are Global GreenTagCertTM GreenRate Level B Certified under Scheme B6. See 'Detailed Assessment' tab above for Green Star®recognised Certification.
Global GreenTagCertTM Certification, summary for Corkcomfort please click here.
Global GreenTagCertTM Certification, summary for Woodcomfort please click here.
Justin Timberlake dances on Vorwerk tiles...
Wednesday September 25, 2013 14:08
BNZ's New Flagship Store
Wednesday May 29, 2013 15:25
BNZ's new flagship store opened on Queen Street on the 2nd of May 2013. They used freeSCALE Crystal Carpet tiles. Here is a video of the complete transformation below.
see photo gallery of BNZ's New Flagship Store
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Vorwerk Freescale carpet tiles used at, The Barclay Center, Brooklyn, New York
Tuesday December 18, 2012 11:31
SCALE LIVING...designs you choose
Saturday December 1, 2012 10:25
Simple to install
2012-2015 New Carpet Range Tile Release from Toli
Tuesday August 28, 2012 16:32
Coming soon... exciting new 2012 - 2015 Comprehensive GX Graphic series carpet tiles from Toli of Japan
Vorwerk FreeScale carpet tile to feature in new Christchurch IT Campus...
Wednesday April 4, 2012 14:02
A new IT campus is being built in Christchurch. A business hub that will see 17 companies re-establish themselves.
Vorwerk FREESCALE MESH has been used in the plans.
View the TVNZ online video here... New IT centre in Christchurch CBD
View the NZHerald article here... Christchurch high-tech businesses get $1.8m cash injectio
Styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR)
Saturday March 17, 2012 17:40
Styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR), a general-purpose synthetic rubber, produced from a copolymer of styrene and butadiene. Exceeding all other synthetic rubbers in consumption, SBR is used in great quantities in automobile and truck tires, generally as an abrasion-resistant replacement for natural rubber (produced from polyisoprene).
SBR is a mixture of approximately 75 percent butadiene (CH2=CH-CH=CH2) and 25 percent styrene (CH2=CHC6H5). In most cases these two compounds are copolymerized (their single-unit molecules linked to form long, multiple-unit molecules) in an emulsion process, in which a soaplike surface-acting agent disperses, or emulsifies, the materials in a water solution. Other materials in the solution include free-radical initiators, which begin the polymerization process, and stabilizers, which prevent deterioration of the final product. Upon polymerization, the styrene and butadiene repeating units are arranged in a random manner along the polymer chain. The polymer chains are cross-linked in the vulcanization process.
For many purposes SBR directly replaces natural rubber, the choice depending simply on economics. Its particular advantages include excellent abrasion resistance, crack resistance, and generally better aging characteristics. Like natural rubber, SBR is swollen and weakened by hydrocarbon oils and is degraded over time by atmospheric oxygen and ozone. In SBR, however, the main effect of oxidation is increased interlinking of the polymer chains, so, unlike natural rubber, it tends to harden with age instead of softening. The most important limitations of SBR are poor strength without reinforcement by fillers such as carbon black (although with carbon black it is quite strong and abrasion-resistant), low resilience, low tear strength (particularly at high temperatures), and poor tack (i.e., it is not tacky or sticky to the touch). These characteristics determine the use of the rubber in tire treads; essentially, its proportions decrease as the need for heat resistance increases until 100 percent natural rubber is reached in the heaviest and most severe uses, such as tires for buses and aircraft.
A large amount of SBR is produced in latex form as a rubbery adhesive for use in applications such as carpet backing. Other applications are in belting, flooring, wire and cable insulation, and footwear.
SBR is a product of synthetic rubber research that took place in Europe and the United States under the impetus of natural rubber shortages during World Wars I and II. By 1929 German chemists at IG Farben had developed a series of synthetic elastomers by copolymerizing two compounds in the presence of a catalyst. This series was called Buna,after butadiene, one of the copolymers, and sodium (natrium), the polymerization catalyst. During World War II the United States, cut off from its East Asian supplies of natural rubber, developed a number of synthetics, including a copolymer of butadiene and styrene. This general-purpose rubber, which had been called Buna S by German chemists Eduard Tschunkur and Walter Bock, who had patented it in 1933, was given the wartime designation GR-S (Government Rubber-Styrene) by the Americans, who improved upon its production. Subsequently known as SBR, this copolymer soon became the most important synthetic rubber, representing about one-half of the total world production.
Vorwerk Architectural News...
Friday March 2, 2012 15:01
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SCALE LIVING, 2012 new release...
Monday February 13, 2012 12:43
SCALE LIVING turns the floor into a space for design. Vorwerk presents their first collection of free-form tiles for the home. Hadi Teherani and Vorwerk Carpets developed an innovative textile concept for tiles with the collections SCALE and FreeSCALE that came out in 2009. SCALE LIVING transposes the concept of freely shaped tiles to the residential living sector. The time has finally come when carpet tiles can be used to set out-of-the ordinary accents on the floor at home, too.
The collection includes three fascinating tile shapes: CUT, BLOOM and MESH_SA somewhat smaller variation of the free-form MESH already known from SCALE, break with the rigid 50x50 cm grid for carpet tiles in many ways. Except for the basic product, “Frame”, these three shapes are also available in two exclusive materials – real leather and a brushed stainless steel finish – and a wide variety of colours: in cosy-warm shades of grey, Dark, Mid and Light, and in worlds of colours termed Purple, Amber, Aqua, Indigo and Coral. This system of materials, surfaces and colours offer plenty of leeway to create carpet shapes and patterns that were heretofore unknown.
SCALE LIVING is the new standard for individual creations on the floor. One marvelous technological feature of SCALE LIVING is it’s specially coated backing. It assures that the tiles are self-adhesive on smooth sub floorings such as laminate, stone or ceramics – and can be taken up again quite easily, too. New kinds of flexible shapes can be created again and again without requiring special installation knowledge, skills or tools. And above all, with SCALE LIVING you spare yourself the bothersome work with adhesive glues that are equally a cause for ecological concern.
The new Scale Living collection has been awarded the ‘Innovation price from AIT’ during the recent exhibition at Heimtextil in Frankfurt, Germany. We are very proud to inform you that Scale Living has also been voted under the TOP 15 products during the HEIMTEXTIL exhibition 2012 in Frankfurt. This is a great success, as this exhibition is a textile and wallpaper exhibition - and Vorverk have been one of the very few exhibitors with floor covering products only.