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Affordable Housing

Creating homes

When it comes to major housing projects, we recognise that you need more than just a supplier. Our experience in collaborative working and involvement from the early stages of a project means we can help you to choose the most appropriate solutions.

Flooring for Social Housing

Expertise in Affordable Housing

Flooring for Affordable Housing

When it comes to large scale housing projects, we understand that you need more than just a supplier. Our role in major project delivery and involvement from the early stages means we can provide a specialist support service for the Affordable Housing sector, working with your designers and flooring contractors and helping you to choose the most appropriate solutions to meet your requirements.

We know you are looking for a floor covering that will stand up to the daily wear and tear of family life, while your tenants want colour and design to make their house a home. The floor covering should fit into the living environment and create an individual and inviting atmosphere that makes them feel at home. But aspects such as easy installation, ease of care, durability and healthy living also play an important role.

From entrance to exit, whether new build or refurbishment, our integrated flooring portfolio specifically selected for the Affordable Housing sector can help you choose the right flooring solutions for your project.

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Flooring for Affordable Housing

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    Protect interior floor finishes


    Entrance flooring is fundamental in multi-unit buildings. A well designed entrance flooring system will prevent dirt and moisture from being tracked in and thereby prolongs the life of interior flooring, reduces cleaning & maintenance costs and the potential for slip injuries. With both textile (Coral) and rigid (Nuway) Entrance Systems in our portfolio, we can offer an entrance solution for every situation.

    Choose a floor that:
    ● Is easy to clean
    ● Reduce slips and trips
    ● Protect your interior floor finishes

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    Warm underfoot & Hygienic


    The bedroom is the place to relax and get a good night of sleep. The design of bedrooms should contribute to this. Therefore creating a warm, calm and relaxing environment are important factors to keep in mind when choosing the right floor for bedroom spaces. Another important factor to keep in mind is the hygienic properties of a floor. Sleeping in a hygienic bedroom is not only healthy, but will also give peace of mind for tenants. In our wide product portfolio we have several solutions that will fit your needs.

    Choose a floor that:
    ● Provides a warm underfoot
    ● Is easy to clean and maintain

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    Durability & Noise reduction


    Corridors are busy, noisy places and demand durable and safe flooring. We have a range of products that can offer sustainability, sound reduction and quick installation whilst also having superb durability and slip resistance. This ensures your corridors not only look great, but are safe and practical.

    Choose a floor that:
    ● Is durable
    ● Reduces sound
    ● Is slip resistant
    ● Is easy to clean and maintain

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    Minimize the risk of accidents


    In Kitchens safety is the main concern. In environments like this a floor with enhanced slip resistance properties is crucial to minimizing the risk of accidents. Durability and ease of cleaning are also main concerns in these areas. Forbo understand your needs, therefore we created our Novilon cushioned vinyl and Step Safety Flooring collections.

    Choose a floor that:
    ● Offers enhanced slip resistance
    ● Is durable
    ● Is easy to clean and maintain

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    Living areas

    Feeling at home

    Living areas

    The living area is often the only private retreat in a housing facility. Resident's living rooms and bedrooms are the space they can call their own. The design of the rooms should be based on creating a warm and welcoming environment and convey familiarity and calm. In addition to living in the communal areas, residents can come to themselves here, pursue their own interests and find relaxation and tranquility.

    Choose a floor that:
    ● Offers stylish aesthetics
    ● Is easy to clean and maintain
    ● Is comfortable and warm underfoot

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    Bathrooms & Wetrooms

    Safety first

    Bathrooms & Wetrooms

    In bathrooms where water or spillages could affect safety underfoot slip resistance is a important factor when choosing the right floor. Residents should not worry about slips and trips when entering the bathroom. Our Step range significantly reduces the risk of slips in wet areas whilst still creating a modern, fresh interior.

    Choose a floor that:
    ● Is slip resistance
    ● Is waterproof
    ● Is durable
    ● Is easy to clean and maintain


Products to use in Affordable Housing

Novilon - cushion vinyl sheet

Forbo Novilon offers an innovative range of beautiful and inspiring cushion vinyl floors across a choice of designs, such as wood, concrete, stone and tile. Novilon is a comfortable floor, enjoyable to live on as it's sound absorbing and has warmth underfoot. Novilon is both hard wearing and easy to maintain thanks to features such as Aquagrip, Diamond Seal & Noviclean. Available in 2, 3 & 4m widths, you are guaranteed a functional, seamless floor that will stand up to the demands of modern family life.
Discover the Novilon collection

Novilon Viva 5457 bright oak
Forbo Modul'up adhesive free sheet vinyl in affordable housing

Modul'up - adhesive free vinyl sheet

A unique, adhesive free vinyl sheet collection, Modul'up is a ground-breaking floor covering. Suitable for both new build and for renovation applications, the Modul'up vinyl sheet collection heralds a technological innovation as a "lay-flat, stay flat" floor covering solution that does not require any adhesive. As such it can reduce installation time by over 50% and ensures that the product can be recovered easily and safely at the end of its service life.
Find out more about Modul'up

Allura – luxury vinyl tiles

The modular format of Allura tiles and planks guarantees a quick and easy installation with less wastage than traditional sheet materials, making it ideal for new build and refurbishment projects where time is of the essence. Our stunning Allura LVT ranges also offer R10 slip resistance underfoot without compromising on style or design. For communal areas, or multi-unit properties, our Allura Decibel collection offers 19 dB impact sound reduction alongside stunning natural aesthetics.
View the Allura LVT collection

Allura Decibel in Housing

Wetroom flooring

For residents, enhanced slip resistance wetroom flooring will offer peace of mind that they can use bathroom facilities without worrying about slipping.

Forbo offers a complete wetroom solution with its Step safety flooring and Onyx vinyl wall coverings. Step is a particle enhanced, Health and Safety Executive compliant safety flooring that provides lasting protection and optimal hygiene. Onyx+ offers a smooth, hygienic wall surface in contemporary colours.
Find out more about our Wetroom solutions

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Sarlon – acoustic vinyl sheet

Achieving lower noise pollution is essential to reducing stress and promoting the well-being and comfort of people. Our collection of Sarlon acoustic sheet vinyl delivers a sound impact reduction of between 15 dB and 19 dB, helping to keep noise levels in busy communal areas to a minimum and reducing the risk of disturbing neighbouring tenants.

Find out more about our Sarlon collection

Nuway & Coral - entrance systems

The constant flow of visitors means that entrance and circulation areas can take quite a pounding. Unfortunately, many people do not stop to effectively wipe their feet properly before entering a building, so wet and dirty soiling can be trailed into the reception area and beyond. This can have a detrimental effect on the aesthetics of interior floor finishes, not to mention create potential slip hazards on hard floors for all those that use the building.

In fact, according to Cleaning Research International, soil and moisture being tracked in on both the soles of shoes and the tyres of wheeled traffic can account for up to 95% of the dirt being tracked in to a building. Therefore, taking the time to choose an effective entrance flooring system is important, as this will ensure that residents and visitors enjoy a safe transition from the entrance.
Go to the entrance systems collection

Allura 63444, 63440 | Coral 5741


Marmoleum - natural linoleum

A truly CO₂ positive floor covering
Forbo’s Marmoleum is made from an average of 97% natural raw materials.

So it’s no surprise that it is the world’s leading, sustainable resilient flooring.

The weighted average of our Marmoleum product range is also CO₂ positive (cradle to gate) without offsetting.

Find out more about Marmoleum

Marmoleum Real 3038 & Splash 3433
Coral Classic

Entrance Flooring Systems

Keeping the world outside, outside
From old carpet fluff to abandoned fishing nets, many of our Coral collections are made from ECONYL® – a high quality yarn made from 100% regenerated polyamide.

The primary backing of Coral Welcome is made from recycled plastic PET bottles.

We make Coral in a factory that runs entirely on green electricity and sends virtually zero waste to landfill and 100% of our aluminium, steel and rubber waste from our Nuway production is recycled.

And for those customers wanting a ‘natural’ entrance system, we offer Nuway Tuftiguard with Bamboo scraper bars. Bamboo is a sustainable species of grass and one of the fastest growing plants on earth.
Find out more about our EFS products

Tessera - carpet tiles

Industry leading recycled content
All of our UK-produced tufted carpet tiles have at least 57% recycled content (by weight), with some containing an impressive 76%.

We’re also reducing the amount of virgin materials we use. For example, instead of throwing away yarn ends, we rewind them and tuft them into our Tessera range. We even have two ranges made with up to 100% ECONYL® regenerated yarn.
Discover the Tessera range

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Social Accountability

We care for the people that touch our business, from employees to suppliers. That’s why all our UK manufacturing facilities and most of our sites in Europe are certified to SA8000®. The SA8000 Standard is one of the world’s preeminent social standards which aims to protect workers along each step of the supply chain and we are the only UK flooring company to have achieved this certification.

Forbo was also involved in the development of BES 6002 (BRE’s Ethical Labour Sourcing Standard) and became the 1st flooring company certified to this standard.

Back to the Floor Recycling Scheme

We collect clean installation off-cuts of Forbo products through our ‘Back to the Floor’ programme.

It’s good for us as it provides material to recycle back into our some of our products and it’s good for contractors as it saves money rather than landfilling it. We collect Marmoleum, Eternal, Sarlon and Sphera smooth vinyl, Allura LVT, Novilon cushioned vinyl, Flotex and Tessera carpet tile off-cuts.

To find out more just contact Back to the Floor on 0161 925 8760,

Download: Back to the Floor leaflet

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Fast Fit

Rapid, Reusable Flooring

In Social housing environments speed of installation can be an important factor when choosing a floor. With our Fast Fit collection you can replace your floor in no-time, with a reduction in installation time of over 50%.

Many of the products can be fitted over existing floors and as they don’t need to be installed with adhesive, they can reduce installation time by over 50%. The floor is ready for immediate use after installation, no need to wait 48 hours before using with heavy traffic.

The Fast Fit tiles and planks either simply butt together or click together using a mallet and, as no adhesive is required on any Fast Fit product, they are easier to install. There are no adhesive odours, frequently less disruption and dust, and floors can be walked on immediately after installation.

A reduction in downtime can mean substantial savings for the client, and as there’s no need for adhesives, there’s a potential saving on installation costs.

Discover our Fast Fit collection

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Fast Fit Entrance

Coral Click is an exceptionally versatile modular entrance matting system that can be assembled on site. Coral Click can be used on its own or in conjunction with our Coral clean-off textile ranges to provide an integrated entrance system.
Visit the Fast Fit Entrance collection

Coral Click
Ingram Micro

Fast Fit Planks & Tiles

Are you looking for realistic wood or stone designs that are easy to install? Our Allura Click, Ease and Puzzle collections offer you just that. The planks of Allura Click & Allura Ease are easy to install without the need for adhesives, and thus also easy to remove, re-use and recycle. The Allura Puzzle tiles are, as the name already says, puzzled together. It is that easy. Protected by our exclusive lacquering system your floor will not only look great, it will also stand the test of time.
Visit the Fast Fit Planks collection
Visit the Fast Fit Tiles collection

Fast Fit Sheet

Forbo's Modul'up adhesive free vinyl sheet collection is a ground-breaking floor covering. The product is suitable for both new build and for renovation applications in health care facilities, schools and offices as well as residential buildings.

The Modul'up vinyl sheet collection heralds a technological innovation as a "lay-flat, stay flat" floor covering solution that does not require any adhesive. As such it reduces the amount of material and energy used for a flooring installation and ensures that the product can be recovered easily and safely at the end of its service life.

In addition, the usual constraints associated with adhesives are removed, such as drying times and lingering odours.
Visit the Fast Fit Sheet collection



Healthy indoor environments

On average we are spending around 80%-90% of our time indoors, therefore a safe and healthy indoor environment is important. Forbo’s floor coverings are non-toxic, low emitting and compliant to all international standards. Forbo’s Marmoleum sheet and tile floor coverings and 100% solvent free adhesive products are the ideal products and allow you to enjoy healthier, safer, and longer-lasting flooring solutions.

Sound comfort

For affordable housing projects, proper acoustic performance creates a quiet atmosphere so residents are not disturbed by neighbours.

The best way to reduce sound is at the source, and the choice of flooring can deliver an important contribution in reducing noise in buildings. Our acoustic floors create a healthy environment by combining sustainability with excellent sound reduction properties. Forbo Flooring is a specialist in acoustic floors with more than 30 years of experience. In our extensive portfolio you will find linoleum and vinyl floors with impact sound reductions of up to 19 dB.
Discover our all our Acoustic solutions

Sarlon acoustic vinyl

Allergy approved flooring

Marmoleum has been awarded the Allergy UK Seal of Approval as, thanks to its smooth surface, it does not harbour house dust mites. With the correct, regular cleaning regime this can help to improve indoor environments.
Marmoleum Allergy UK Certificate

Flotex has been awarded the Allergy UK Seal of Approval as, thanks to its unique nylon construction, allergens are trapped within its densely packed flocks, thereby reducing the number of allergens in the atmosphere.
Flotex Allergy UK Certificate

Allergy UK

Inspiration & Downloads

  • Forbo Affordable Housing Flooring Portfolio June 2017

    Affordable Housing Brochure

Get inspired by our references

Visit our reference section and be inspired by existing Forbo flooring solutions in affordable housing environments. Our reference overview will help you to see products in use and how they are applied.
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To create your floor and make up your mind what would fit best we have several tools and services. Our FloorVisualizer helps you to place any of our floors in a social housing environment or even combine them so you can see how this works.
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