Each month, Dovetail will spotlight one of our eco-friendly flooring collections. Our January spotlight is Marmoleum.
What makes Marmoleum eco-friendly?
Marmoleum a natural floor covering that’s over 150 years old. Associated with sustainability, durability, high quality and truly innovative design, it’s created from 97% natural raw materials, including flax, linseed, rosin and limestone.
Forbo Flooring Systems, the designers of Marmoleum, boast that it is 72% rapidly renewable and created from 43% recycled content. Not only is it a naturally CO2 neutral floor covering solution, but it contains no phalates, plasticisers or mineral oil.
Marmoleum is also biodegradable, while any offcuts and production waste is recycled back into further Marmoleum products. This ensures optimal raw material utilisation. Burning Marmoleum delivers a higher calorific value and thermal energy, which outweighs the energy used in its production. This ensures a full life-cycle circle!
Their flooring is incredibly versatile in application, colour and design. It can easily be fixed to your floor with low solvent adhesive, in keeping with its sustainable, eco-friendly attributes.
What varieties of flooring do Marmoleum offer?
Marbled Sheet | Taking inspiration from the natural work, the Marbled collection combines subtle and striking marbled effects to create the perfect backdrop for any commercial interior. The Marbled Sheet range comes available in a spectrum over 90 exciting colours.
Solid Sheet | The Solid collection offers a wide range of neutral and out-spoken choices for complimenting the modern environments of today. The collection combines attractive contemporary designs with incredible versatility and innovation.
Linear Sheet | Marmoleum Linear (made up of three collections) is known for its distinctive directional design, complemented perfectly by its warm and natural colour palette. The two abstract embossed textures add tactility and brings the floor to life.
Tile Marmoleum | Tile Marmoleum are available in four designs: Shade, Marble, Colour and Lines. Across the designs there are a wide number of sizes available, varying from 25 x 25cm right up to 100 x 25cm, in a selection of colours.
Acoustic & Static | In addition to their ‘standard’ ranges, Fobo Flooring systems also offer a number of linoleum floor coverings developed to meet specific technical or comfort requirements, including static control, sound reduction and shock absorption.
Pinboard Linoleum | From the Off-The-Floor Linoleum range, Pinboard Linoleum offers a practical, simple solution to collect and exchange thoughts and ideas whenever people plan, create and meet. Simply share your ideas by pinning them on the wall.
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Each month, Dovetail will spotlight one of our eco-friendly flooring collections. Our November spotlight is Ted Todd.
What makes Ted Todd eco-friendly?
Ted Todd believe it’s their responsibility to know where their timber comes from. If their suppliers can’t prove its origin, or that it’s sourced in accordance with their strict environmental and ethical policy, they won’t deal with them. In fact, 95% of their wood is FSC® and PEFC certified.
Wooden floors offer a variety of environmental benefits. First, are 100% natural, renewable and biodegradable. Second, they have low VOC levels. VOC stands for Volatile Organic Compounds, which are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. They include a variety of chemicals than can cause both short and long-term health effects. Therefore, wooden floors are far more environmentally friendly. Finally, they have a longer lifespan than carpet and vinyl tiles, so there is less waste.
It’s ironic that so many man-made products made from laminate, vinyl and ceramic floors now go to great length to copy a wood look. However all of these floors totally miss the point of a natural wood floor: they last for generations and you do not send them to landfill when they look tired.
What collections do Ted Todd offer?
The Project Collection is affordable, versatile and oh-so-chic. Available in a huge range of tones, from modern grey pebble to rich chestnut brown, you have plenty of choice. This Project Collection is made with 15mm-thick European Oak, with three-layer construction and a 4mm hardwood wear layer, so your floor is durable, long-lasting and easy to maintain.
The Warehouse Collection pairs the herringbone and wide plank format with beautiful open grain patterns. The result? A trendsetting, modern, and brilliantly practical flooring collection. It is built to stand the test of time with its durable construction and long-lasting hardened oil finish. Available in 15mm-thick European Oak, with a three-layer construction and 4mm hardwood wear layer.
The Foundation Collection fuses a traditional construction with contemporary styles. Made with European Oak, this robust construction has a 4mm hardwood wear layer paired with first quality birch plywood. This collection is the most solid and sturdy of all the Ted Todd hardwood floors.
The Classic Collection are a modern take on the original Ted Todd solid floorboards. Sleek, sturdy and chic, they are made with 100% hardwood, and is engineered for greater stability with European Oak and Birch plywood. These extra-thick wood floors are the perfect choice for durability and design.
The Strada Collection has 12 coats of lacquer for a scratch-resistant, easy to maintain finish. Its the perfect choice for demanding environments! It comes in a wide range of tones and is crafted using 20mm thick, two-ply European Oak, with a generous 6mm wear layer.
The Signature Solids Collection is breathtaking and sturdy, available in a wide range of rich tones, and is crafted in stunning 20mm European Oak, Pitch Pine or American Black Walnut. The collection has a 6-8mm wear layer to ensure every floor is infinitely durable and easy to maintain.
The Pattern & Panels Collection are of the most versatile and exciting collections from Ted Todd. Featuring herringbone, chevron, squares and panels, this collection suits every interior—from rustic rooms to contemporary open-plan spaces. Made with European Oak or Walnut, the floors are made with 10-20mm thick wood, including two-ply and solid options, and a 4 or 6mm wear layers.
The Create Collection lets you design your very own flooring! Use planks, herringbone, chevron or squares on their own, or combine them together using our unique pattern system. All of the formats have been designed to combine, so you can design patterns using four formats and ten tones. This collection is made of 100% oak and this gives superior stability.
Each month, Dovetail will spotlight one of our eco-friendly flooring collections. Our October spotlight is Riviera Home.
What makes Riveria Home eco-friendly?
One of the world’s leading flooring brands, Riviera are one of only a few manufacturers who craft bio-degradable, eco-friendly carpets from 100% natural and sustainable resources.
When they reach the end of their life cycle, 90% of carpets (made using Nylon, Polypropylene or Polyester fibres) will take up to 500 years to break-down in the soil. However, Riviera carpets will naturally bio-degrade into the earth over a period of one to five years. Plus, as their carpets are made from 100% natural resources, no harmful chemicals or VOCs will be released into the soil.
What collections do Riviera Home offer?
The Tufted Collection offers eight ranges of carpet. Stylish, durable and high quality, they are completely bio-degradable and are made from 100% natural wool. Riviera can guarantee that no chemicals, treatments or dyes were used at any point during production.
Stowe is a course gauge level loop made using a 3 ply, 100% wool yarn in a chunky construction.
Burford is a chunky cable loop constructed design. Available in 100% wool in 4m width.
Carnaby Street is a chunky, multi-colour stripe made from 100% wool in a rugged loop pile.
Henley is crafted in a 40% 3 ply pure New Zealand Wool and 60% 16 ply braided Viscose.
Tetbury is a small loop design made from 100% wool available in 8 natural heather shades.
Sloane is small scale, honeycomb pattern, made in a fine 3 ply, 100% pure New Zealand wool.
Pure Opulence is a textured loop pile, tufted carpet made in the exotic blend of Wool and Tencel.
Sherbourne is a texted loop made using a 3 ply, 100% wool yarn in a chunky construction.
The Flat Woven Collection features two ranges, Florence and Milano, that are real point-of-difference and unique products. Both are made using 100% wool.
Florence is woven in the finest 100% wool yarns. A style flat-weave carpet with a chunky basket weave design, it comes in six colours in 5 metre width.
Milano is a stunning textured tweed made from 100% pure wool, which was inspired by the latest haute couture tweed jackets seen recently on the Milan catwalks.
The Handloom Wilton Collection offers five ranges of carpet. Stylish, durable and high quality, they are totally bio-degradable and made from 100% natural wool. We can guarantee no chemicals, treatments or dyes were used at any point in their production.
Elegance is handcrafted using a blend of Wool and Tencel® (a sustainable fabric, regenerated from wood cellulose) to produce a stunningly beautiful carpet.
Eton creates a stunning striation effect. Made by combining natural heather colours, this design looks simply stunning both as a broadloom installation or an area rug.
Harvard is manufactured on hand woven Wilton looms by skilled traditional craftsmen. It is made from 100% natural wool with NO added chemicals, dyestuffs or stain blocking treatments.
Yale features an all-over textured loop pile bobble effect, made in 100% natural heathered wools on Wilton handlooms. NO added chemicals, dyestuffs or stain blocking treatments have been added.
Bel-Air is handcrafted using a blend of Wool and Tencel® (a sustainable fabric, regenerated from wood cellulose) to produce a stunningly beautiful carpet.
Each month, Dovetail will spotlight one of our eco-friendly flooring collections. Our September spotlight is CORKART.
What are the benefits of cork flooring?
#1 Cork has a comfortable and cushioned surface. One of the first things you notice about cork is its soft and yielding surface. Therefore, it’s perfect for rooms where you stand for long periods of time, such as in the kitchen. Cork also has a cushioned surface that makes it the perfect choice for play rooms; it provides a certain level of protection should your child trip and fall.
#2 Cork is hypoallergenic. Therefore, it will repel dust, hair, and other small particles from its surface. As a result, cork flooring is much easier to get completely clean, unlike carpet. Cork is also anti-microbial, so it does not emit an VOC emissions and is resistant to mould and mildew. This makes it the perfect choice for those suffering from asthma and allergies.
#3 Cork is a worthwhile insulator. As it is made from millions of tiny air-filled chambers, cork will effectively insulate both sound and heat. Therefore, should you suffer from noisy neighbours, cork flooring will reduce noise from being transferring through the floor. Rising heating bills can also be a problem; however, cork will reduce the loss of heat from a room in the winter.
What makes cork environmentally friendly?
Cork is natural, recyclable and a sustainable alternative to many man-made materials. It is also biodegradable, so it can break down into natural materials without causing harm to the environment.
The cork oak survives with without the use of chemical herbicides, fertilisers or irrigation. In fact, it is the only tree that can harvest its own bark! Furthermore, stripping does not harm the tree; this is because the bark regenerates naturally.
What collections do CORKART offer?
The Cork Concept collection is home to some of the most popular CORKART designs. Its ambience creates a warm, comfortable surface that inhibits the conduction of temperature and sound, while the flooring is also remarkably resilient to wear and tear.
Choose from two different systems. Floating (eco friendly floating floor) provides superior comfort and quick installation, while Glue Down (eco friendly floor tiles) are warm and comfortable underfoot.
The Fusion Concept collection offers new and technologically advanced flooring. It combines the excellent properties of cork—such as impact sound reduction, warmth and comfort—with the high resistance, beautiful look and realistic touch of a vinyl floor.
Fusion Concept is easy to clean, comfy underfoot and has excellent acoustic properties due to its cork backing. It is also resistant to sunlight, stains and chemicals due to its high performance top coating.
The Vinyl Concept collection is a new generation of technologically advanced vinyl floors. The realistic decor add style, design, and personality to your space. It is wear resistant, comfortable to live on and easy to maintain, with excellent acoustic properties due to its natural cork backing.
Advantages of Vinyl Concept flooring includes its outstanding comfort, realistic look and incredible durability, as well as its incredible resistance to wear, dents, tearing, moisture damage and staining. It is also 100% non-toxic and is suitable for approved underfloor heating.
Discover the pros and cons of different pet-friendly flooring options to find the perfect fit for your furry friends.
Option #1 // Hardwood
Hardwood flooring exudes a sophisticated, classic finish and remains a staple flooring choice for many homes. But as it is vulnerable to stains and water damage, it may not be the wise choice for pet owners. However, there are some pet-friendly hardwood materials, including oak, maple, walnut, mahogany, and bamboo. On the other hand, softwoods, such as pine, chestnut, and fir, are easily susceptible to dents and scratches.
The harder the wood, the more greater its resistance to nail scratches. Therefore, take a look at the Janka Hardness Scale when selecting your flooring: the higher the number, the harder the wood. Any rating below 850 is classified as softwood, while a rating above 1250 is classified as hardwood.
Pros: Comes is a variety of colours and finishes; easy to vacuum.
Cons: Expensive; vulnerable to water damage; easily stains.
Option #2 // Carpet
Wall-to-wall carpeting provides a comfortable lounging area for pets, especially when most of our furry friends spend a lot of time asleep! Carpet also provides a non-slip surface, unlike tile and hardwood flooring which can cause footpads to skid about, and absorbs animal noises for a more peaceful atmosphere.
Carpet is usually made from wool, natural fibres, or synthetic fibres, such as nylon and polyester. While wool carpet is the softest and most luxurious underfoot, it is more expensive than synthetic fibres and not as resistant to stains. Nylon carpets, however, are durable, stain-resistant and affordable, making it a popular choice for households with pets. However, try and avoid loop carpets as your pet’s nails may snag on the loops.
Pros: Comfortable underfoot; non-slip surface; comes is a variety of colours.
Cons: Difficult to clean; vulnerable to wear and tear.
Option #3 // Cork
Cork flooring is eco-friendly and will reduce the growth of mould and other allergens. What’s more, it is warm and pliable, making it comfortable underfoot and able to withstand foot traffic very well. It also absorbs sound, so you don’t need to worry about the constant tapping of pet nails all day!
Cork flooring is far more scratch-resistant than other natural woods options. Cork is a generally resistant material that is both naturally impact resistant and boasts anti-slip properties. Therefore, your pets don’t need to use their claws to move around, so the number of animal claw marks on your floor is significantly reduced.
Pros: Water resistant; needs little maintenance; absorbs sound.
Cons: Discolours overtime; heavy furniture can cause permanent indents.
Option #4 // Laminate
Laminate flooring is often a popular choice for pet owners who like the look of hardwood, but want an easy-to-clean surface. However, the popular choice of smooth, glossy laminate floor can reduce your pet’s traction and easily cause them to slip. Therefore, a textured or embossed laminate finish is far more sensible.
Pros: Easy-to-clean; water-resistant; less noticeable scratches.
Cons: Slippery surface; not as “classic” as hardwood.
Option #5 // Stone
Stone tiles are a great option for pet owners. Not only is it highly durable and scratch-resistant, it’s wipe-clean surface lets you quickly deal with any “accidents” or spills. While most tiles are scratch-resistant, some materials are more porous that others. Therefore, softer stones, such as marble, will require more treatment.
A significant downside to stone tiles are their hard, cold surface. It offers little to no comfort or warmth to your pet, so consider incorporating underfloor heating or area rugs throughout your home. What’s more, a pet bed may prove essential if you want your pet to have a cosy place to relax.
Pros: Scratch-resistant; easy-to-clean.
Cons: Cold, hard surface; slippery surface.
Option #6 // Vinyl
Vinyl is an extremely affordable flooring option that can be easily installed throughout you home. Not only does it provide great traction for your pet, it also comes in a wide range of colours and designs, including natural-looking luxury vinyl. Now you can have durable pet-friendly flooring without compromising on style!
Pros: Resistant to scratches and stains; easy-to-clean; low allergy; quiet underfoot.
Cons: Dulls easily; water spills can cause mildew or peeling.
Thanks to advancing technologies, tile flooring can now perfectly mimic natural stone, hardwood and fabrics. What’s more, they are hard-wearing and boast both noise-cancelling and impact-resistant abilities. With so many styles to choose from, Dovetail have compiled the top trends in tile flooring for 2018. Now you can enjoy a stylish, durable designs that will remain en vogue in years to come!
This timeless tile trend has recently gained momentum as a household flooring staple. Designers are known to incorporate the “wood-look” across the entire house; bedrooms, studies and bedrooms are adorned with these slick and stylish tiles, breaking the mould that tiles should be confined to the kitchen and bathroom only.
The beauty of the wood-style tile is it delivers the best of both worlds. While it perfectly mimics the look of natural hardwood, it also remains incredibly durable. There are no dents, splinters or impurities that you often find with traditional hardwood panels. The result? Flooring which is sleek, sturdy and effortlessly chic.
Dovetail have a wide range of wood-style tile flooring for you to choose from. Check out the innovative wooden flooring range by Ted Todd. Their beautiful, innovative designs are unrivalled in quality, originality and creative flair.
Marble will always be a timeless classic. It has been around for centuries, often frequented by the Romans, Georgians and in Art Deco designs. So it is no surprise to see marble make a comeback!
While it classic and elegant in its design, the unforgiving nature of natural marble causes many problems. It is incredibly soft, often chipping or cracking. What’s more, it’s especially challenging to clean and is susceptible to stains due to its highly porous nature.
However, a tile which mimics marble is the perfect choice. Not only will it always look elegant and classy, but it will remain hard-wearing and durable. You also won’t need to spends hundreds on maintenance and repairs!
Once again, Dovetail have a stunning collection of marble flooring to choose from. The Marmoleum marbled sheet collection combines subtle and striking marbled effects to create the perfect backdrop for any commercial interior. What’s more, it comes readily available in over 90 exciting colours.
One of the more surprising trends to emerge in the past year has been grey tiles. While many industry experts believed it was a fleeting trend, it appears that grey is here to stay!
Grey tiling is especially popular in “wood-look” flooring. The designs often use a medium, stone-grey palette to provide a clean, modern, minimalist look. Many believe the popularity of grey tiling is due to its versatility. It is ideal for any room, complementing many types of décor. You can experiment with various colours and textures in regards to furniture and interior design, and the flooring will remain the perfect companion piece.
The CORKART Contract Collection offers a range of cool, grey tones in the signature “wood-look” style. The collection also comes with a glue-down vinyl insulation system for resistance and durability.
Any of these trends promise you stylish, sleek and chic tile flooring.
If you have any questions about tile flooring, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our expert team will be more than happy to recommend the best designers and collections for you to make your selection. What’s more, Dovetail promise that you won’t find the same quality furnishings at a better price anywhere in Norwich. So go on—give us a call today on 01603 488082.