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Frequently asked questions about Karndean Designflooring

Who are Karndean Designflooring?

Put simply, we are the leading manufacturer of luxury vinyl flooring. To find out more about Karndean and our exceptional products, visit our company page.


What is Karndean made of?

Karndean is a vinyl flooring product made primarily from calcium carbonate (limestone), polyvinyl chloride and pigments. It is structured with five layers - two PVC backing layers, one high definition photographic layer, one clear PVC embossed wear layer and a top polyurethane (PU) protective coating. 


Will a Karndean floor be slippery?

As with most smooth floor coverings, water and other liquids can make it slippery. Karndean floors are designed to be slip resistant, but it is always best to clean up any spillages straight away, and keep the floor dry.


What is the difference between each of the Karndean ranges?

Besides having different design inspirations, sizes and formats which make each range unique, each of our product ranges also have a different wear layer. The thicker the wear layer the more durable the floor, but also the more our product designers can do with the finish - adding unique embosses for more texture and bevelled edges. For more information on each of our ranges, visit our range overview.


What is the difference between a metallic strip, feature strip and a design strip?

There are several main differences between Karndean strips:

  • Metallic strip - these can be used in standard borders and features, and come in sizes of 3mm, 5mm, 10mm and 30mm
  • Feature strip - available in six colours, these 5mm wide plastic strips are usually used on tile floors to give the natural effect of grout lines or to complement wood planks
  • Design strip - these are strips cut from another tile or wood plank. They come in 3mm, 5mm, 10mm and 30mm

Added between tiles and wood planks, strips can give the impression of grouting for a natural effect, and a contemporary look and feel to your home.

For more information please visit our design components page.


What are decorative, tramline and keyline borders?

  • Decorative border - a patterned border designed to complement tile and wood plank floors. Karndean have selected an assortment of decorative border options to accompany all of our ranges
  • Tramline border - a simple and affordable way of creating decorative edging. They can be used in combination with feature strips, metallic strips and design strips for a range of effects
  • Keyline border - single strips that can be added to the edge of your floor. Keyline borders are available in 3mm, 5mm, 10mm and 30mm and can be used with metallic and design strips

For help choosing the right border for you, why not visit your local retailer?


Any other questions?

If you need more information about any aspect of Karndean Designflooring, please contact us on 1800 331 170 or contact us with your query and we'll be happy to help.