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Case study: Villa Serena

Supplier: Polyflor
03 September, 2012

Opened in September, 2002, Villa Serena at Robina, Gold Coast is a Mediterranean-style complex operated by Advanced Age Care Services.

This boutique, extra service facility provides low care, high care and special care for 107 residents.

Polyflor Floor products were specified for the complex and have endured six years of constant mopping, polishing and daily wear from trolleys and furniture being moved around. Vet, Villa Serena's manager, Gae Munsie, says the floors look "as good as new".

Slip resistance for safe path to the bathroom

The secure high core area, the Villetto, has 20 private rooms with ensuite, a central kitchen dining-lounge area and an activities room.

While the bedrooms in the Villetta are carpeted, PolySafe Vogue slip resistant Flooring is used to good effect in a small area between the bed and ensuite. Munsie says it was essential to have a non-slip area that was easy to clean.

PolySafe Vogue has a guaranteed R10 slip resistance rating, which is warranted by Polyflor for 10 years. Quartz crystals, aluminium oxide and silicon carbide particles incorporated throughout the full thickness of the vinyl improve traction and safety underfoot.

"The floor is mapped daily and never needs polishing. Despite six years of daily use and daily cleaning, there is no sign of wear at all," Munsie said.

Elegant parquet without the maintenance hassles

Villa Serena has three dining rooms ranging from small and cosy to restaurant-style. The floors of all three are finished in elegant parquet, as befits a grand villa. However, the floors are not wood but covered in Polyflor Expona plank, a vinyl wood plank that has the look and feel of real wood but unlike wood is low maintenance, thereby reducing the life cycle impact on the environment.

Expona is available in a wide collection of wood designs from standard to rustic effects with authentic textures.

Lounge room that doubles as a ball room

Villa Serena has three spacious lounge rooms of understated elegance.

The main lounge also features a floor of Polyflor Expona parquetry. Used as a daily activities room for recreations such as bowls, bingo, cards and arts and crafts, this large room has also hosted balls, rock 'n' roll and top dancing evenings, where the furniture is pushed back and the parquetry floor takes all the action as residents, staff, family and friends enjoy a night of musical fun.

Despite a constant flow of traffic the floor shows no sign of wear or marking.

"It's easy to clean. Of course, moving the Furniture makes marks on the floor, but they just polish off," Munsie said.