Any suggestions for a hard-wearing surface which is not too cold? Not
keen on laminate or carpet, but wondering if there are good vinyl
floors which might do the trick....
any advice much appreciated :)
I was in a carpet shop last week and noticed some wood effect sheet vinyl in
the £20 - £25 per square meter range. It looked indestructible to me, but
then it should be for the price.
My office has an industrial grade vinyl - 3mm thick and impregnated with
particles of what I think is mica. It has had heavy use since 1989 and is
still in good condition, apart from a couple of places, where it was damaged
by tubular steel chair legs after the end caps wore off them. I bought it
from a small, local specialist carpet shop. Alternatively, you can buy desk
chair mats - thick clear plastic mats; roughly circular with a stub that
goes into the desk footwell. However, I've not tried those.
Steel chequer-plate with underfloor heating.
I always use industrial carpet tiles under castor chairs. Never had a
Thanks again all!
> We tried the chair mats
> over our current carpets and they did a good job for a short time, but
> after a year or so started cracking and coming apart, especially under
> my heavyweight husband's chair! They also become quite discoloured
> and appear dirty.
Yup, found the same problem with my one.
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That's a good one: The other is industrial grade vinyl.
A third is cheap disposable rugs.
Was it a flexible PVC one or a hard polycarbonate one?
IME my PC one has lasted a few years of hard use on a not-that-flat
floor and is still clear although a little 'matt' under the chair
If scratching is a problem then there are 'soft' castors (see Ebay)
for laminate floors that will avoid this.
What you describe is generically known as Altro Flooring The particles are
aluminium oxide. which accounts for it's wear resistance.
The Medway Handyman
I didn't know you had a heavyweight husband John?
> Was it a flexible PVC one or a hard polycarbonate one?
Hard to say - its fairly stiff; you could not fold it for example, but
not brittle (at least to start with.
> IME my PC one has lasted a few years of hard use on a not-that-flat
> floor and is still clear although a little 'matt' under the chair
> If scratching is a problem then there are 'soft' castors (see Ebay)
> for laminate floors that will avoid this.
I thin in my case it is not aided by a fairly deep pile carpet that is
not really suited to office use (but it came with the house, and is the
only one I have not got round to replacing), plus the large FB who sits
in the chair!
Careful, I will tell him!
Yes, our mats were on a thickish carpet too.
Now I'm thinking of replacing all the flooring so that it doesn't turn
into too much of a mish-mash. We have a bungalow. Carpet in the
hall, study, lounge, sanded floorboards in the bedroom, vinyl wood-
effect planks in the kitchen, vinyl tiles in the bathroom. Having
looked around, its really hard to find anything that would look OK in
all rooms AND stand up to the office chair punishment. As there are
old floorboards everywhere, I'm guessing that a layer of hardboard
would be needed underneath too. Unless these really thick Rhinofloor
type vinyls would work without it?