Vinyl flooring, a term used to describe a manufactured plastic material, has been used for a long time in Ireland.
The term was used to denote a product that is manufactured with a natural rubber layer on it to help absorb moisture and to retain its strength.
But the Irish furniture industry has been struggling to find a suitable replacement for this highly durable material.
There are two main types of vinyl floorboards, a high-density plastic board that is thinner and less durable and a low-density board.
The high-density boards can be found in all types of home furnishings, including kitchen cabinets, bathtubs, and toilets.
The low-diameter boards can also be found at home improvement stores and on the streets of Dublin.
But despite the popularity of vinyl floors in the past few years, there is still a lot of room for improvement, says Simon Lachlan, president of The Irish Furniture Association.
“The low- and high-speed vinyl floors are still not going to be able to keep up with the demand of the 21st century,” he says.
Lachlans organisation has been working with designers and manufacturers to develop a range of new vinyl floorings.
It has developed a series of designs that are suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.
“There are different types of flooring which are designed to meet different uses.
These floors will be great for kitchens, but can also accommodate other uses,” he adds. “
Another option is the standard high-quality vinyl floor for bathrooms and bedrooms.
These floors will be great for kitchens, but can also accommodate other uses,” he adds.
Lachesan says the demand for vinyl floor will continue to grow, particularly as the demand from younger consumers will increase.
“Our flooring for children is growing rapidly, and we are currently offering some of the best vinyl floor to children’s homes,” he notes.
“We are working closely with the Gardaí, the Department of Agriculture, and other organisations to ensure we have the right materials in place.”
Lachland says he hopes the demand will continue in the future.
“I think the demand is growing and it is really exciting to see the growth in vinyl floor manufacturers.”
In 2017, the National Flooring Council of Ireland released a new guide called Flooring to Stay, which offers tips on the best flooring brands.
Lays has been designing flooring since 1996 and has worked with several major retailers and furniture manufacturers to make the product that works for them.
“It is a huge challenge to design a flooring to last and it’s a very high-end process,” says Lays.
“For example, a standard floor is supposed to last for a minimum of four to five years but it can be up to six years.
That means a lot is lost with a standard.
We designed our flooring specifically to be durable, which means that it has a life span of up to five decades,” he explains.
“When I started out, there was no choice but to make a floor that lasted.”
Lays also says there is a lot to learn from other flooring industries, which are all struggling to meet the needs of the changing needs of society.
“At The Irish Flooring Association we are working with the National Fabrication Institute to look at how to make our products more environmentally friendly and better to use.
It’s a really important topic and we will be working with them to create some exciting products,” he concludes.
Flooring for Homebuyers article This article originally appeared in The Irish Sun.