1st October 2021
What Is The Difference Between Karndean and Amtico Flooring?

When looking for versatile and hardwearing flooring solutions that are available in a variety of styles and finishes, vinyl flooring is frequently one of the first options considered by those looking to fit out commercial spaces. Vinyl flooring solutions offer the hard-wearing solution that is necessary for commercial spaces, whilst simultaneously providing the looks and practicality required in high-traffic areas that still need the ‘wow factor’.

When looking for vinyl flooring that offers both the aesthetics and durability required in a commercial use building, it isn’t hard to see the benefits of Karndean and Amtico flooring. The more difficult question posed, however, is what is the difference between Karndean and Amtico flooring, and which should you choose? This article will inform you of the key specifications and benefits of these two brilliant vinyl flooring choices, enabling you to make the best possible decision when choosing your commercial LVT flooring.

Karndean Flooring

If you are seeking a strong and durable flooring solution for a commercial space, then Karndean flooring may be exactly what you are looking for. Providing a versatile and hard-wearing alternative to laminate flooring, Karndean flooring is a vinyl flooring material that has a unique silky texture, whilst still remaining incredibly reliable and sturdy.

Unlike traditional laminate flooring available on the market, Karndean has a unique and specific silky finish that is created by its unique laminating, tempering and lacquering process, which sets it apart from other flooring solutions. The silky texture this process creates generates a beautiful finish that bounces light around a room and can turn any commercial business space into something truly memorable.

Karndean flooring is manufactured using their trademarked five-layer structure; a process that ensures toughness and durability that should last a lifetime. This is backed up by the lifetime guarantee, which is valid for up to 35 years following the installation of the flooring, that comes with every purchase of Karndean flooring.

Amtico Flooring

Whilst as a vinyl flooring solution Amtico has similarities to Karndean, the manufacturing process for Amtico flooring differs and as such creates flooring with distinct differences in its look and feel.

Created using a unique and distinctive combination of plasticisers, resins and stabilisers, Amtico flooring is unique among vinyl flooring solutions due to its ability to realistically imitate both wooden and tiled floors. This resemblance to natural flooring comes from the realistic texture created on each piece of Amtico flooring and is enhanced by bevelled edges that add a touch of luxury to this flooring solution.

Amtico flooring is laid as slim tiles, yet despite its slim profile Amtico also has a high level of durability. In a similar fashion to Karndean flooring, Amtico also comes with a guarantee of up to 35-years from the time the flooring is purchased and fitted.

It can understandably be difficult to decide between the choice of Amtico or Karndean flooring for your commercial space, so it might be worth bearing in mind that Karndean remains the slightly cheaper option, whilst Amtico is consistently the option with the marginally better environmental profile.

Whatever decision you make when it comes to the flooring choice for your commercial space, First Point Flooring will be sure to create a beautiful flooring solution that works for you and your client.
Get in touch with our team to discuss what vinyl flooring for commercial use we have available, and transform your space with LVT vinyl flooring.


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