Entrance flooring: Where first impressions count

Lobbies offer the ideal opportunity to promote a company and its values, but they are also the areas where dirt is traipsed into a building. An effective flooring system is essential

In association with
Forbo Coral Welcome entrance flooring.
Forbo Coral Welcome entrance flooring.

According to the Health and Safety Executive, slips and trips account for 31 per cent of the most common accidents in work. Health and Safety legislation and the Equality Act impose a duty of care on those who own and manage public buildings to prevent interior floor surfaces from becoming hazardous. They advise against the use of loose-lay mats and coir in favour of a well designed entrance system.

Entrance flooring can stop up to 95 per cent of dirt and moisture being walked into a building, minimising maintenance costs, protecting the interior flooring and reducing the potential for slipping. It should scrape, wipe and retain soil, making contact with the shoes of people entering a building and, in the case of wheeled traffic, the circumference of the wheels, releasing dirt easily when cleaned.

The industry recommendation is to use at least three metres of an entrance flooring system for light use areas and up to seven metres for busier spaces. The general rule is the more matting used, the more effective the entrance flooring system is at preventing dirt and moisture from entering a building. If effective measures are not taken, the repair and maintenance costs of a typical floorcovering over its lifespan could be nine times the cost of the original investment. 

In addition to their practical benefits, entrance flooring systems can make a great lasting first impression as they are available in a variety of patterns, shades and formats, reflecting the latest design trends. Forbo Flooring Systems’ Coral entrance flooring delivers superior performance in the toughest environments. Whether facing rain, snow, sand or soil, Coral keeps the outside from getting in. 

  • Forbo Coral Brush entrance flooring.
    Forbo Coral Brush entrance flooring.
  • Coral Duo entrance flooring.
    Coral Duo entrance flooring.
  • Coral Brush entrance flooring.
    Coral Brush entrance flooring.
  • Coral Welcome entrance flooring.
    Coral Welcome entrance flooring.
  • Coral Classic entrance flooring.
    Coral Classic entrance flooring.
12345

There are eight individual design ranges within the Forbo Coral collection, including Coral Welcome, Coral Brush, Coral Duo and Coral Classic.

Coral Duo offers maximum dirt removal, unrivalled dirt retention and exceptional moisture absorption, all in just a couple of paces. It is the best choice for smaller entrances. Research shows that taking just two steps on Coral Classic’s moisture-absorbing yarns is enough to soak up half of the foot-borne moisture that would otherwise be carried inside on the soles of people’s shoes. Coral Classic's solution-dyed yarns help maintain performance - and appearance - throughout its lifespan.

For more information and technical support, visit forbo-flooring.co.uk/coral

 

Contact:

01773 744121

info.flooring.uk@forbo.com


 

Latest

If architects think early about the role of public art in their designs it could prove an effective boost to new build popularity

Shoreditch street exhibition shows the way

Two-storey pontoon dwellings aim to tackle issues of rising sea levels and lack of available urban space for building

Prefabricated two-storey dwellings could be towed into position by boat

The work of Ladislav Machoň an applicant to RIBA’s 1930s Refugee Committee

Restaurant ‘Cerny Pivovar’ Prague, 1934

We’ve become used to high levels of housebuilding but its growth looks like flattening out, or faltering

What does 2020 hold for the housebuilding sector?

How curating the Therapeutic City Festival in Bath started a conversation about creating urban spaces that are good for mind, body and soul

Inspiration from Bath's Therapeutic City Festival