Flooring

Professional flooring done in vinyl, carpet, laminate and tiles

Whatever your flooring requirements, HBL Group can assist WITH a quality solution

Floor covering is a term to generically describe any finish material applied over a floor structure to provide a walking surface. Both terms are used interchangeably but floor covering refers more to loose-laid materials.

HBL GROUP offers the following flooring range:

Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl flooring is made of Polyvinyl chloride also known as PVC. Modern vinyl floor tiles and sheet flooring and versions of those products sold since the early 1980s are composed of colored polyvinyl chloride (PVC) chips formed into solid sheets of varying thicknesses (1/8″ is most common) by heat and pressure.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Vinyl Floors. Vinyl flooring is durable and stands up well to heavy foot traffic. It is comfortable under foot and reduces noise, which can be important for owners with kids or pets. It is also less expensive than many other flooring options and is easy to install and maintain. The biggest advantage of vinyl plank flooring is the fact that it is 100% water resistant. This makes it the ideal flooring solution for spaces such as basements, kitchens, bathrooms, restaurants and cafes.

Vinyl flooring life span and durability is 10 to 20 years. Speaking of life spans, linoleum flooring can last anywhere from 20 to 40 years, while vinyl flooring typically lasts anywhere from 10 to 20 years. Because of this, linoleum is considered more durable than vinyl as it has similar properties to ceramic flooring and hardwood.

Carpet Flooring

Carpets is one of the most popular flooring materials for homes and businesses alike. However, any commercial space with heavy foot traffic will need to select a commercial carpet, rather than a residential carpet, to withstand heavy use on a regular basis. The Carpet Cushion Council recommends a maximum thickness of 1/2 inch for cut pile residential carpet padding (carpet with textures and twists). The cushion under low-pile carpet, such as berber or commercial carpet with loop or patterns, should be 3/8 inches or less.

The general lifespan of a commercial carpet, particularly an office carpet, is anywhere from three to ten years, with many factors affecting this estimate. The national average is seven years.

Carpet Flooring

Carpets is one of the most popular flooring materials for homes and businesses alike. However, any commercial space with heavy foot traffic will need to select a commercial carpet, rather than a residential carpet, to withstand heavy use on a regular basis. The Carpet Cushion Council recommends a maximum thickness of 1/2 inch for cut pile residential carpet padding (carpet with textures and twists). The cushion under low-pile carpet, such as berber or commercial carpet with loop or patterns, should be 3/8 inches or less.

The general lifespan of a commercial carpet, particularly an office carpet, is anywhere from three to ten years, with many factors affecting this estimate. The national average is seven years.

Laminate Flooring

One of the benefits of laminate flooring is that it’s protected by a tough external layer and resin coating, which makes it strong scratch-resistant and highly durable. It’s also resistant to fading from sunlight. If you have small children and pets, or you need flooring for an area that involves high traffic, laminate is the perfect choice. In general, hardwood is considerably higher to buy and to install. Laminate: PROS – Laminate wood flooring is made from composite wood pressed together at high temperatures. … Not only are the materials themselves cheaper, but laminate wood installation cost is, on average, 50 percent less than hardwood installation.

The main layer is made out of a high-density fiberboard, which makes the material much more rigid than luxury vinyl. Laminate flooring is installed using click and lock assembly, also known as a “floating floor” system, meaning it does not need to be nailed or glued down to the subfloor.

Expected Lifespan. The average lifespan for laminate flooring is between 15 and 25 years, but it can vary from as short as 10 years to as long as 30 years. The difference in life expectancy depends on the quality of the flooring, whether it was properly installed and the amount of traffic it receives.

Tile Flooring

Tiles are often used to form wall and floor coverings, and can range from simple square tiles to complex or mosaics. Tiles are most often made of ceramic, typically glazed for internal uses and unglazed for roofing, but other materials are also commonly used, such as glass, cork, concrete and other composite materials, and stone.

It’s important to choose the right tile for your application if you want that tile to perform well over time. Fortunately, you can rely on the following ratings to help:

  • Tile Grade. This is a quality rating that tells you how strong the tile is. Grade 1 is best, and Grade 3 should never be used on a floor.
  • PEI. The Porcelain Enamel Institute rating which measures resistance to abrasion. For residential floor tile, a PEI of 3 is sufficient. For commercial use, look for PEI of 4 or 5. Also, don’t neglect to make sure you choose a tile that is water-resistant and slip-proof, especially if you’re looking for bathroom floor tile.

If you are not getting a glazed tile, it will absorb liquids. This isn’t just a problem when you’re talking about plain old water, but coffee, juice, wine, etc. can easily stain unglazed, porous tile bodies. To protect your tile, you will need to seal it. For example, terra cotta tile is commonly sealed when used indoors to protect it. If you want your terra cotta floor to last, you’ll need to reseal it about every 3 years. One reason a tile floor can last so long is it is easy to fix small problems. If a tile becomes broken or chipped, you can simply replace that tile rather than replacing the whole floor. The only catch is you need to have extra tiles on hand from the original batch if you want your replacement tiles to match. It is a good idea to get about 10 percent more tile than you actually need in your initial order to make sure you always have extras on hand.

Tile does stand up amazingly well to everyday use including pet claws but over time abrasion can take its toll on tile. To protect your tile, you need to keep it free of sand, grit, and dirt. This is easy to do with a simply dry and wet mopping regimen.

Most kinds of glazed porcelain, glazed ceramic, and terra cotta floor tile can last 50 years or more. However, if you want your tile floor to last you do need to take the following considerations into account.

Different types of tile and what they have to offer:

  • Ceramic Tile: a tile made from clay that has been permanently hardened by heat, often having a decorative glaze.
  • Porcelain Tile: Porcelain tiles are ceramic tiles commonly used to cover floors and walls, with a water absorption rate of less than 0.5 percent. Porcelain tiles are one type of vitrified tiles, and are sometimes referred to as porcelain vitrified tiles.
  • Mosaic Tile: Traditionally, a mosaic is a decorative design or work of art made up of small materials (such as pieces of stone or glass) arranged to create a pattern or image. … In the tile world, a mosaic is defined as an inlay design pattern with tiles smaller than 2×2”.
  • Encaustic Tile: Encaustic tiles are ceramic tiles in which the pattern or figure on the surface is not a product of the glaze but of different colors of clay. They are usually of two colours but a tile may be composed of as many as six.
  • Cement Tiles: Cement tiles or hydraulic tiles are handmade colourful tiles used as floor and wall tiling. … Cement tiles are not fired; there is no glaze layer on the surface of the tile. They derive their durability from the combination of finely dehydrated ground Portland cement layer and a more coarse layer of sand and cement.
  • Natural Tile: The term “natural stone” refers to a variety of mountain-born mineral substances that stand in contrast to any synthetic or manufactured stone products. Common natural stone flooring includes slate, marble, limestone, travertine, granite, and sandstone—each of which has slightly different properties.

Tile Flooring

Tiles are often used to form wall and floor coverings, and can range from simple square tiles to complex or mosaics. Tiles are most often made of ceramic, typically glazed for internal uses and unglazed for roofing, but other materials are also commonly used, such as glass, cork, concrete and other composite materials, and stone.

It’s important to choose the right tile for your application if you want that tile to perform well over time. Fortunately, you can rely on the following ratings to help:

  • Tile Grade. This is a quality rating that tells you how strong the tile is. Grade 1 is best, and Grade 3 should never be used on a floor.
  • PEI. The Porcelain Enamel Institute rating which measures resistance to abrasion. For residential floor tile, a PEI of 3 is sufficient. For commercial use, look for PEI of 4 or 5. Also, don’t neglect to make sure you choose a tile that is water-resistant and slip-proof, especially if you’re looking for bathroom floor tile.

If you are not getting a glazed tile, it will absorb liquids. This isn’t just a problem when you’re talking about plain old water, but coffee, juice, wine, etc. can easily stain unglazed, porous tile bodies. To protect your tile, you will need to seal it. For example, terra cotta tile is commonly sealed when used indoors to protect it. If you want your terra cotta floor to last, you’ll need to reseal it about every 3 years. One reason a tile floor can last so long is it is easy to fix small problems. If a tile becomes broken or chipped, you can simply replace that tile rather than replacing the whole floor. The only catch is you need to have extra tiles on hand from the original batch if you want your replacement tiles to match. It is a good idea to get about 10 percent more tile than you actually need in your initial order to make sure you always have extras on hand.

Tile does stand up amazingly well to everyday use including pet claws but over time abrasion can take its toll on tile. To protect your tile, you need to keep it free of sand, grit, and dirt. This is easy to do with a simply dry and wet mopping regimen.

Most kinds of glazed porcelain, glazed ceramic, and terra cotta floor tile can last 50 years or more. However, if you want your tile floor to last you do need to take the following considerations into account.

Different types of tile and what they have to offer:

  • Ceramic Tile: a tile made from clay that has been permanently hardened by heat, often having a decorative glaze.
  • Porcelain Tile: Porcelain tiles are ceramic tiles commonly used to cover floors and walls, with a water absorption rate of less than 0.5 percent. Porcelain tiles are one type of vitrified tiles, and are sometimes referred to as porcelain vitrified tiles.
  • Mosaic Tile: Traditionally, a mosaic is a decorative design or work of art made up of small materials (such as pieces of stone or glass) arranged to create a pattern or image. … In the tile world, a mosaic is defined as an inlay design pattern with tiles smaller than 2×2”.
  • Encaustic Tile: Encaustic tiles are ceramic tiles in which the pattern or figure on the surface is not a product of the glaze but of different colors of clay. They are usually of two colours but a tile may be composed of as many as six.
  • Cement Tiles: Cement tiles or hydraulic tiles are handmade colourful tiles used as floor and wall tiling. … Cement tiles are not fired; there is no glaze layer on the surface of the tile. They derive their durability from the combination of finely dehydrated ground Portland cement layer and a more coarse layer of sand and cement.
  • Natural Tile: The term “natural stone” refers to a variety of mountain-born mineral substances that stand in contrast to any synthetic or manufactured stone products. Common natural stone flooring includes slate, marble, limestone, travertine, granite, and sandstone—each of which has slightly different properties.

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