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What exactly is Karndean flooring?

Karndean Design flooring was established in the UK in 1973 as a small family business. Since then it’s become one of the world’s most renowned and respected luxury flooring companies.

The company is passionate about developing imaginative, innovative and practical floors that are stunning to look at, easy to maintain and best of all, affordable.

Karndean luxury stone effect tiles in a bathroom setting

What is Karndean flooring?

Karndean specialise in, and have become leading suppliers of luxury vinyl tiles (LVT). LVT flooring is one of the fastest growing areas of the flooring industry and Karndean supply the best of it.

Flooring solutions are created with 100% pure virgin PVC, making every surface look authentic.

Karndean’s vinyl flooring accurately replicates the look of natural products like wood and stone. This is achieved through manufacturing techniques including embossing, beveling, high quality print and random cutting.

The collections

Karndean have various different collections that include a range of styles and designs to choose from.

At Allfloors, we display, supply and install all of the ranges, including:

Art Select: Realistic wood and stone looks with Karndean’s most authentic finishes.

Da Vinci: A classic premium range containing slim and smooth wood planks (wood Da Vinci) with a beveled edge and a broad range of traditional ceramic and stone tiles (stone Da Vinci).

Van Gogh: Large wood planks that recreate the character of real timber.

Opus: Fresh and modern and includes a selection of contemporary greys and concrete effects available in large format planks and tiles.

Knight Tile: A versatile collection of strips and borders to add to most of the wood or stone effect designs.

Michelangelo: Some of the most unique designs such as pebble and metallic effects.

Karndean wood effect luxury vinyl flooring in a kitchen setting

What makes Karndean different from others

Karndean flooring is designed like no other, meaning it comes with a range of benefits that you wouldn’t get with other flooring company


Unlike many other flooring products, Karndean’s are affordable and are just as high quality as others that are more expensive.


Karndean flooring comes with a protective PU coating, making it a non-porous surface. This means that germs, dirt and bacteria won’t be able to find any cracks to seep into, unlike real wood flooring and carpets.

Easy to maintain

The flooring’s hygienic abilities make it easy to maintain too. There’s no need for constant deep, intensive cleans – just regular sweeping and mopping will keep it looking clean.


With the sturdy material and several layers that Karndean’s luxury vinyl tiles are made up from, the flooring is extremely durable. Scuffs and scratches won’t happen easily, and you can expect the flooring to last many years too.

Karndean Luxury Wood Effect flooring in a living room setting

The installation process

The installation of Karndean flooring is not easy. It’s not a DIY job as it can be very complex, particularly because Karndean floor products must only be laid on a smooth ‘pre-prepared’ sub-floor. A lot of subfloor preparation is usually required, to ensure that the final finish is perfect. Preparation and installation should be left to experts like ourselves, as otherwise your guarantee can be invalidated.

The preparation and installation process generally works in four main stages.

Stage 1

The process begins with a bare floor – this can either be a timber or concrete base and can be prepared in several ways.

At this stage, the moisture levels must also be confirmed. Karndean products must only be installed on sub-floors where the moisture level does not exceed 75% RH (relative humidity). If this is found to be the case (as often happens in ‘new builds’), then additional preparatory products may be required.

Bare floor in a living room before flooring is addedExposed bare flooring made of timber

Stage 2

The way the subfloor is prepared really depends on what type it is. For example, timber subfloors should be overlaid with plywood. The plywood is fitted and the joints are the feather finished. If the floor is in a particularly poor condition, then a smoothing compound (screed) may also be required.

Concrete bases, on the other hand, are usually prepared using a smoothing/ screeding compound.

Smoothing compound being added between concrete floor slabsScreed smoothing compound applied to flooring

Stage 3

Once a level of smoothness is achieved the Karndean flooring is ready to be installed. However, before the flooring is laid, it must acclimatise to the environment. This is done by leaving it in a room temperature before installation.

Stage 4

Lastly, the Karndean product is installed using the recommended adhesive.

Karndean flooring stone effect tiles laid in a diamond pattern Karndean luxury flooring laid in square and rectangle patterns








At All Floors, we’re proud to be Glasgow’s first platinum Karndean Platinum Retailer.

If you’re interested in Karndean flooring and would like to find out more, do not hesitate to get in touch with us today.

You can call us on 0141 404 0114 or email us [email protected]

Grey amtico flooring is in focus with a lounge room in the background

How to Clean Amtico Flooring

Luxury vinyl flooring like Amtico is a sought-after luxury that truly transforms your home. Whilst being very sturdy, Amtico and other LVT brands need some semi-regular maintenance to improve durability and aesthetics. This post explains how to clean Amtico flooring in detail combining manufacturers tips and a few of our own LVT cleaning tips.

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Your Complete Guide to Commercial Karndean Flooring

Commercial areas are busy places that need quality flooring that looks great too. A commercial area is someone’s workplace – employees want to work in a nice area where they can feel comfortable. Visitors should feel comfortable within a welcoming environment too. We believe that Karndean is one of the best options for commercial flooring! This guide talks you through our reasoning behind this bold statement.

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8 Things to Consider When Choosing Office Flooring

Choosing office flooring has a lot more to it than selecting a nice type of flooring and calling it a day. This post explores the 8 key things you should consider when choosing your office flooring.

Office flooring is hugely important to completing your office and the company’s physical image. Office flooring should first and foremost impress clients whilst giving employees a workspace they can be proud of.

1) Look

As with homes, flooring is the final brush stroke on the tapestry that is your new office. Whatever look you are going for; sleek, vibrant, traditional etc, you need to think hard about what it is you are trying to achieve and how your flooring fits into this. Remember to consider how your choice of flooring will impact on the rest of the room at the initial planning stage. Avoid leaving flooring as an afterthought as flooring truly completes a room.

2) Traffic

Consider how much traffic is going through an area. This will influence the type of flooring you choose. For example, your lobby and reception area is bound to have a lot of people going through. In this case, a strong luxury vinyl tile or heavy duty linoleum would be suitable.

On the flip side, your conference room will have fewer people walking about inside. In this case, a good luxury carpet or stylish carpet tiles would be suitable here, although LVT would still look very luxurious.

Tip: make sure that your kitchen area has some sort of safety/non-slip flooring. Even in office kitchens accidents can happen and solid non-slip flooring is an essential investment.

3) Durability and Maintenance

A flashy new luxury carpet for your conference room that fits in with your current office image might seem like an excellent idea. However, what happens when a client spills a cup of coffee on your carpet? Would you be replacing all that expensive carpet?

There are two excellent solutions to finding durable flooring. The first is to simply install hard flooring like luxury vinyl tiles. The second is to install carpet tiles.

What are Carpet Tiles?

Carpet tiles are what the name suggests – square sections of carpet that are glued in place.

If you are currently in an office, look down at the floor. Chances are you can spot seams in-between sections of your carpet. Look closer and you will find these are organised into squares or tiles.

If someone spills coffee on your carpet or if a section of your carpet gets worn you can simply remove the worn tile and replace it with a new one. This avoids having to change a whole carpet for a small stain or scuff. Granted, with solid flooring you could simply mop up the spilt coffee, but some people do prefer carpet.

4) Cost

Cost is important when designing your office space. There is a big movement towards creating zen in the workplace through design, but at the end of the day, an officer is there to facilitate hard work and not to look good. Granted, you want your office to look the part when clients visit but it is always important to keep a project on budget.

However, remember to factor in the cost of non-durable or hard to maintain flooring. A cheap carpet might save you in the short term but the likelihood is you will be replacing it within a couple of years.

5) Your Business

Consider your business itself. Do you host clients? If so, it might be beneficial to invest in high-end flooring. Is your office part of a factory? If so, you might want to avoid carpets as they can get ruined very quickly with dirty work boots coming in and out.

7) Safety

Safety flooring is crucial in offices. In areas where water may be spilled such as the toilet or kitchen, non-slip flooring is a must! Even some busy corridors in your office may require anti-slip flooring.

8) Types of Office Flooring

There are a few types of office flooring that are suitable for most businesses. What type you choose will depend on cost, room, traffic and your business needs.


LVT or luxury vinyl tiles are simply stunning. Available in the sleek, modern ranges offered by Amtico or the traditional, natural looking tiles available through Karndean there is something to suit every design.

Looks aren’t everything. Luxury vinyl tiles have excellent soundproofing qualities. Indeed, LVT has better acoustics that hardwood, linoleum and some of the thinner carpet tiles.

The only real downside to LVT is the price. LVT can be expensive. However, luxury vinyl tiles are extremely durable and easy to clean and maintain. Taking this into account makes the price modest when compared to cheaper carpets that need constant replacing.

Carpet Tiles

Carpet tiles are an extremely popular choice of office flooring. Easily replaced with a strong commercial look to them carpet tiles are commonplace in offices across the UK.

These tiled carpets come in a wide variety of colours and styles.

Safety Flooring

Safety flooring is a must for busy corridors, kitchens and toilets. Anti-slip flooring can help make your office a safer place and is extremely durable.

Commercial Office Flooring Glasgow

Allfloors Glasgow have over 30 years helping businesses around Glasgow find commercial office flooring that suits their specific business needs. For advice, measurement, supply and installation. Get in touch today or visit our commercial flooring page.

What are the Best Luxury Vinyl Tiles?

So you have decided to go for vinyl plank or tile effect flooring? Excellent choice! Super durable, vinyl (LVT) makes an excellent choice of flooring for all areas of the home. But entering the world of LVT vinyl flooring can be a maze of different brands all with their pros and cons. This article aims to arm you with the knowledge you need to answer the question once and for all – “What is the best vinyl LVT flooring?”

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Karndean Kitchen Flooring Ideas

Family friendly, durable and stylish, you can’t go wrong with Karndean for your kitchen. For the majority of us the kitchen is the hub of where everything happens. Its where everyone gathers for family get-togethers and parties.  With food and drink spills, pet food, heavy footfall and water bowls the kitchen floor can sometimes wear quicker than other rooms in the home.

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