Forbo Flotex flooring range

Forbo designs waterproof Flotex flooring for ski resort interiors

Dezeen promotion: UK manufacturer Forbo has launched a waterproof, hard-wearing flocked flooring range suitable for ski resorts.

Forbo's Flotex combines the durability of a resilient floor covering with a textile finish, making it perfect for areas with high footfall.

Forbo Flotex flooring range

The designs are digitally printed onto Flotex's flocked flooring, which can have up to 70 million fibres per square metre. This process creates intricately detailed designs as well as rich, vibrant colours.

Floral styles, geometric patterns and wood-like motifs are among the 500 existing design options that are available and users can also create their own designs for orders for large designs.

The Flotex flooring is available in plank, tile or sheet format, and the bespoke design option means users can make one-of-a-kind floors that suit their environment.

"The Flotex collection not only provides design flexibility, but it is also truly different to any other floor covering available on the market in terms of performance," said Chloe Taylor, Flotex product manager at Forbo.

"With 100 per cent impermeable backing, Flotex is completely waterproof, making it perfect for areas with high volume foot traffic coming into ski facilities from the snow," Taylor added.

"The range is also quick drying in comparison to most carpets, reducing maintenance downtime and eliminating odours."

Flotex is the only textile floor covering to be awarded with the Allergy UK Seal of Approval, meaning that with the correct cleaning and maintenance, it won't harbour dust mites. This can help maintain a healthy indoor environment.

The flooring meets the UK's Health and Safety Executive (HSE) wet and dry slip resistance classifications for use on flat surfaces and ramps, and its non-fray construction avoid trip hazards. The surface's pattern, texture and grip makes it comfortable to walk on and reduces the risk of slipping.

Forbo's Flotex provides both low in-room impact noise performance (Class A) and good impact sound reduction (<22dB), a useful quality for noisy after-ski environments.

Forbo has previously created flooring from regenerated industrial and post-consumer waste and marble flooring informed by nature.