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November 2019

25 years of Altro Walkway and still going strong

Pound Road Veterinary Clinic has been treating pets in the South Eastern UK suburbs for over 25 years. The clinic is well equipped to treat multiple medical and surgical conditions to a very high standard. They offer services in preventative medicine, diagnostics, micro chipping, surgery, dental care, grooming, hydro bath and puppy preschool. Their aim is to provide the best possible pet care and to ensure their clients have a clear understanding of all diagnoses and treatments.

In order to create a safe and hygienic environment for their cuddly clientele, Pound Road Veterinary Clinic lined the facility with Altro Walkway 20 flooring over two decades ago. Providing lifelong slip and abrasion resistance, Altro Walkway 20 is an ideal solution when designing for veterinary care. “I absolutely love the Altro flooring! It must be 25 years old now and still looks good,” exclaimed Dr. Philip McConachy, one of Pound Road’s senior medical professionals. “It also provides a non-slip surface which is vital in our environment.”

Pound Road Vet Clinic

Altro Walkway 20 has been around for 30 years now and remains one of our most popular flooring ranges to this day. The range has 42 colors and shares its color palette with Altro XpressLay. This enables you to combine use of both ranges when you need traditionally adhered and adhesive-free safety flooring in adjacent areas.

Altro Walkway 20 is easy to cove and weld. It achieves ≥ 36 on the pendulum test, giving sustained slip resistance throughout the lifetime of the product. It also includes PUR cleanability as well as superior chemical and stain resistance.

Posted: 11/5/2019 8:00:00 AM by Jesse Wade | with 0 comments

Linoleum flooring: is vinyl a better option?

Linoleum flooring and vinyl are often mistaken for each other, but there are actually a number of key differences between them, which can be important when considering options for your commercial flooring solution.

What is linoleum flooring?

Developed in the 1850s by Frederick Walton, linoleum flooring is made from natural ingredients like linseed oil, pine rosin and cork dust, with a burlap or canvas backing.

What is vinyl flooring?

Vinyl flooring is a more current solution compared to linoleum and is often seen as its successor in modern flooring. It is a widely produced synthetic plastic polymer, sometimes made from a few layers of different synthetic materials. Vinyl flooring is widely used in commercial and industrial environments.

Photo of what Altro Cantata might look like if installed into a building entrance area

Look and feel

Both vinyl and linoleum flooring are available in a variety of styles. The latter is suitable for creating large patterns or blocks of solid color, but does not have as many variations as vinyl flooring.

With vinyl, options are far less limited. Using modern printing technologies alongside a number of other techniques, vinyl flooring can be made in almost any style. Rolls of vinyl as well as LVTs (luxury vinyl tiles) can even mimic the appearance of natural materials like wood and stone.

Vinyl flooring is notably softer underfoot compared to linoleum. Altro Serenade contains a cushioned layer, which provides high levels of underfoot comfort while helping with impact sound reduction.

What Altro Pisces could look like when installed into a domestic bathroom

Durability and maintenance

If you’re looking for a hard-wearing flooring solution for commercial use, both linoleum and vinyl are well-suited. However, Altro vinyl flooring offers more durability and greater water resistance compared to a linoleum floor. This is partly due to linoleum’s natural construction, as the materials are more susceptible to wear and tear when compared to vinyl.

Vinyl flooring is also impermeable, making it ideal for use in wet rooms and areas that are subject to constant moisture. Linoleum is far less suitable for this purpose, as the seams will require resealing periodically to prevent water damage. For these environments, we would recommend Altro Aquarius.


When searching for flooring options that are suitable for environments with a high slip risk, vinyl far exceeds linoleum.

As the inventors of safety flooring, we subject our flooring to rigorous testing to ensure it is compliant with the requirements of multiple industries. We engineer Altro vinyl safety flooring to be incredibly slip-resistant, making it an ideal choice for a number of commercial environments, from wet rooms to hospitals, and from offices to commercial kitchens. For lower slip risk environments, Altro also has a number of smooth flooring products.


Both vinyl and linoleum flooring are relatively easy to install, although vinyl flooring offers a wider variety of installation options.

Usually, linoleum is manufactured in the form of sheets, which require full-spread adhesive and can be stiff - making it potentially difficult to work with. It also needs immediate sealing after installation, or it will not be as durable.

Vinyl flooring is also available in sheet form, however, it is less stiff than linoleum, making it easier to install. Vinyl flooring is also available in LVT form. Because it’s easier to install, vinyl is also better suited to confined spaces, and is often favored by professionals. We can also offer adhesive-free products, which provide a whole range of benefits, from reduced downtime to 100% recyclability.

Linoleum vs vinyl: Conclusion

While linoleum flooring is a suitable option for many situations, you will often need to adhere to strict safety standards when choosing your industrial and commercial flooring solution. Altro vinyl flooring products offer a durable and safe solution, which can be tailored to your specific needs.

What Altro Stronghold 30 could look likw when insatlled in a kitchen
Posted: 9/1/2019 1:45:00 PM by Jesse Wade | with 0 comments