Forbo - Electrostatically Flocked Floor Coverings - CPD Video
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This RIBA approved presentation, brought to you by Forbo, entitled ‘Electrostatically flocked floor coverings”, will be an introduction to electrostatically flocked flooring, covering what it is, how it’s classified and how it’s made. We will also look at the product’s design versatility, followed by specification considerations.
This CPD will cover:
· What is electrostatically flocked flooring?
· How is flocked flooring made?
· Design versatility
· Specifying flocked flooring
Flocked flooring is often installed in commercial applications such as offices, shops, hotels, gyms and other leisure facilities. It’s also ideal for use in education, healthcare and some residential locations, such as aged care, assisted living and social housing.
However, while flocked flooring is a very versatile flooring option, there are a few situations where it may not be suitable for use.
These are typically locations where specialist flooring is needed – for example, electrostatic discharge (ESD) flooring is required operating theatres and clean rooms. Flocked flooring is also not suitable for locations with very high point loading, although it is capable of having heavy loads wheeled over it, such as in a care home.
It is also not suitable for use in wet rooms or as entrance matting – although it does work very well as a general floor covering in entrance foyers.
Flocking has been used for thousands of years for various decorative purposes, including fabrics and wall coverings. In the 1920s, the process of electrostatic flocking – using static electricity to align the particles – was developed in the US to make sandpaper. This process was further developed in the 1960s to create floor coverings and the manufacturing technique have evolved over the last 60 years. Today, flocked flooring is regularly used in commercial locations. It is available in sheets, tiles and planks and digital printing enables any design - including logos, graphics or photographs - to be reproduced onto the flooring. This has made flocked flooring an attractive choice for commercial applications, where branding and design are of particular importance.