Safety can be spectacular with Gerflor

Built on the site of the old Myerscough Hall, some six miles north of Preston, Myerscough College is a Higher and Further Education college dating back to the 19th century.

The college itself sets extremely high standards when it comes to their curriculum and the results they expect from both staff and students alike. Therefore, it’s no surprise that when new flooring had to be installed they would turn to international flooring specialists Gerflor to supply the quality, design and durability they were seeking. It would be a task perfectly suited to Gerflor’s high-performing Taralay Impression Control and Tarasafe safety flooring ranges.

The ultimate responsibility for the actual installation would fall to Chorley-based CRT Flooring Specialists Ltd in Lancashire. CRT Flooring are a professional, commercial and domestic flooring contractor who pride themselves in delivering high quality workmanship and excellent levels of professional service for every installation they undertake. Managing Director Chris Turner commented, “the project at Myerscough College in Preston went really well. We specified Gerflor’s Taralay Impression Control for corridors which, as we predicted, would experience heavy volumes of student traffic, so this was a perfect choice as it’s a Group T rated product which means it will wear very well”.

Chris Turner went on to further add, “The Taralay Impression Control Compact product installed in a wood design effect looked stunning. It’s a top-performing product that’s got a fantastic pedigree which is why we chose it. Its R11 slip resistance qualities are right at the top of the performance category, which is crucial for any area with the risk of slips or falls. It’s a great looking product, as the wood effect looks extremely realistic and it’s also very easy to clean.”

With over-70 years’ experience, Gerflor’s expertise in safety flooring that delivers the highest standards of safety and durability is second to none. Gerflor won the 2016 CFJ/CFA Product of the Year category with their Taralay Impression Control safety flooring range. No easy task!

This safety flooring collection is the perfect option for education new builds and refurbishments where high volumes of footfall are expected. A multi-purpose floorcovering available in 2m sheet format with a Group T wear rating, it’s ideal for a host of heavy traffic environments where slip resistance is a must. Available as a dual collection: - ‘Safety in Wood’ and ‘Safety in Design’, the range includes realistic woods in contemporary colours and modern all over designs. Taralay Impression Control also has a Pendulum Test value +36, meets HSE guidelines (BS 7976-2), a surface roughness of >20 RTM-RZ and R11 ramp test value (DIN 51130), together with providing 24 design-led colourways and is perfect for a host of other contract applications. Taralay Impression Control also offers a hygienic solution thanks to a revolutionary UV cured PUR surface treatment for easy cleaning and maintenance. With the Protecsol® Control surface treatment it’s easy to clean, is 100% recyclable, offering a state-of-the-art flooring solution for a myriad of education applications.

Chris Turner further said, “we also specified the Tarasafe Ultra H2O safety flooring range because it does exactly what Gerflor says it does. Great slip resistance in the wet, either with or without shoes. Again, it looked brilliant when it was laid down.”

Changing rooms and showering areas in many colleges, schools or universities can often be wet and slippery environments and that’s where Tarasafe Ultra H2O from Gerflor is the ideal solution. Intended for traditional barefoot spaces where there are continuous wet areas, Tarasafe Ultra H2O also offers a shod solution, providing a perfect blend of flooring applications for those areas where wet flooring conditions can be an issue.

Within Gerflor’s other top performing Tarasafe vinyl safety flooring range there are over 80 finishes available to choose from. They are reinforced with a glass fibre grid and are suitable for use in all areas of heavy traffic where slip-resistance, durability and hygienic conditions are required. Using mineral crystal particles, rather than the industry standard carborundum, Tarasafe, with its improved performance, is easier to install, lighter and more flexible to handle. The range has a maximum hygiene rating meeting the EN Standard 22196 for anti- bacterial activity (E. coli - S. aureus - MRSA) (3) returning >99% levels of growth inhibition and comes with a 12-year warranty and is also 100% recyclable. Tarasafe is stain and chemical resistant. The Tarasafe Standard range comes with the unique UV cured PUR surface treatment and their Tarasafe Ultra range (excluding their Tarasafe Ultra H20 offer) also sees a benefit from the SparClean® surface treatment, therefore no polish for life. Tarasafe is a hugely popular choice for a host of education environments where slip resistance needs to be maintained.

Chris Turner finally commented, “There’s no doubt that Gerflor products are not the most expensive on the market, but they do deliver exactly what they say. In fact, they’re good, if not better than some other manufacturers who charge a lot more.”

Learn more about Gerflor solutions, ask for a free sample or contact us to speak to a specialist today by calling 01926 622 600, emailing contractuk@gerflor.com, or visiting gerflor.co.uk for the latest innovations.