LVT flooring has come a long way over the past few years, and we’re not just talking about designs and installation systems. Embossing technology has also been fine-tuned, resulting in finishes that are ever-more realistic, increasingly precise and pleasing to both eye and foot!
It’s no longer all about the looks…
“Embossing”: this somewhat evocative term often heard in flexible flooring circles refers to a technique that is used to imprint a textured grain-effect into flooring.“We use a metal plate covered in tiny raised designs that simulate the texture of fabric, wood or granite, for example, explains Gerflor’s technical team. Once all the different layers of a plank or tile have been heat-welded together, the plate is pressed into the uppermost layer to transfer the texture onto the flooring.”
The result? A finish that goes way beyond simple aesthetics. Recreating the look and feel of fabric, marble or parquet isn’t just about artistic finesse – it also demands technical prowess. Just like the palms of our hands, the soles of our feet are peppered with highly sensitive nerve endings, making our flooring’s texture just as important as the plaster finish on a wall!
Gerflor’s big innovation for 2016 is its in-register embossing technique, which makes flooring more true-to-life than ever, both to look at and to touch!
“In-register embossing is product coherence pushed to the extreme, explains a member of the Gerflor design team. This particular technology is not suited to all designs, which is why we have carefully hand-picked the references that now feature this realistic embossed finish.”
Royal Oak and Alamo, wood designs that flaunt a delicate veined surface, are two of the products in question. “Wood designs are perfect for in-register embossing: with an imitation oak floor, for example, it’s the curvaceous grain pattern that gives it its authentic charm!” Over time, the technique should be rolled-out to include other effects, too: the roughness of stone, the softness of fabric, the coarseness of concrete…
It is notably thanks to the hard work of Gerflor’s technical R&D teams that the firm can count in-register embossing as one of its big innovations for 2016: “This technology is extremely complex to master. It uses a
press embossing technique, which is far more precise than the cylinder systems currently employed in the French market.
It’s a painstaking process, reserved solely for the most suitable designs!”
To learn more about this technology, ask for the paper version of LVT magazine.