Karndean Designflooring introduces new specification with it's looselay longboard collection

The UK's market leader in luxury vinyl flooring Karndean Designflooring is adding a new specification to its loose lay vinyl range with its new 1.5 metre plank design, as part of its LooseLay Longboard collection.

LooseLay Longboard features 12 contemporary wood designs, each inspired by authentic European, American and Australian woods including pine, walnut and spotted gum, to name but a few.

Enhancing its established Karndean LooseLay range, LooseLay Longboard introduces a 1500mm x 250mm format with a 0.55mm wear layer and 4.5mm thickness.

The unique collection offers quick and easy installation to meet challenging time scales, meaning less downtime for end users, and impact in large commercial and public sector spaces including education, healthcare and open-plan offices.

"With demand increasing for our Karndean LooseLay across commercial and residential interiors alike, we're thrilled to introduce our longest format as a loose lay vinyl option," explained Matthew Speck, head of commercial sales at Karndean Designflooring.

He said: "Being 40 per cent larger than our existing Karndean LooseLay wood design, our new plank format will be extremely popular with flooring contractors looking to offer the flexibility and convenience of our loose lay vinyl designs, but in an extra-long design for quicker installation in large commercial spaces.

"Likewise, interior designers can expect a wide array of sophisticated colourways, intricate design features and authentic finishes to complement emerging trends in interior design."

Developed from a wide mix of wood grains for a truly characterful floor, Karndean's European Oaks are split into two distinct groups.

Twilight and Raven Oak offer on-trend grey and charcoal tones for a modern look with authentic knots, lightly brushed grain details and subtle distressed finishes.

Inspired by aging French oak boards recovered from the heart of Loire Valley in Blois, Karndean's Pearl, Natural and French Grey Oak designs present individual interpretations of this attractive wood through the process of liming, light brushing and adding colour. Whilst the lighter tones reveal cross sawn elements across the planks for an intriguing blend of natural and manmade features, the darker tones highlight individual knots and knarls.

Ideal for traditional and contemporary interiors, Karndean's American inspired woods include reclaimed and rustic pines Reclaimed, Antique and Weathered Heart Pine - and a contrasting warm walnut design ­Character Walnut. The detailing in the reclaimed timber replicates both natural open grain and manmade markings for a unique, aged look, whereas Character Walnut takes on the true colour of real walnut wood.

Finally, the collection concludes with two Australian designs­ Bleached Tasmanian Oak and Lemon Spotted Gum. Offering a sustainable alternative to real Tasmanian Oak sourced from remote lumber yards in South Eastern Australia, Karndean's Bleached Tasmanian Oak presents original growth rings and subtle colour variation, but in a modern whitewashed finish. With cool, crisp lines, the subtle spotted appearance and large amounts of sapwood within Lemon Spotted Gum reflect the natural characteristics of this rich, Australian wood.

Matthew added: "Our designers continue to develop techniques to ensure each design not only replicates the realistic beauty and individuality of its original source, but also remains easy to clean and practical, to meet the demands of busy commercial environments."

Popular for its premium designs and quick-fit approach, Karndean LooseLay is an innovative format of luxury vinyl flooring boasting enhanced acoustic properties and excellent environmental credentials. Its popular friction grip backing and increased dimensional stability secures the floor firmly in place, and it can be installed over most hard and flat floors as long as they're clean, dry and dust-free.

Available to order from September, LooseLay Longboard by Karndean Designflooring offers a 15-year commercial guarantee.

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