Flooring Tile Drama
The great majority of ceramic flooring tiles in the United Kingdom are imported from overseas countries rather than originating from British flooring companies, according to a new report. This is, of course, very much to the detriment of home grown companies that are actually based in the United Kingdom. Unlike other countries, such as Korea, which has added taxes to Chinese imports of ceramic tiles following complaints from domestic manufacturers, British flooring manufacturers have no such rules protecting them and have little chance of being able to compete with the absurdly low prices at which the imports are able to be sold.
That is not to say that flooring manufacturers in the United Kingdom have no way of fighting back, however. This month the Contract Flooring Journal published an article noting that one way that British flooring manufacturing companies can fight the good fight is by focusing on differentiation in order to ensure that tiles imported from overseas do not completely overshadow and overwhelm the home grown UK market.
Ceramic tiles are used primarily in areas such as the bathroom and in kitchens due to their extremely durable nature. While other floors, such as wooden flooring, are also very durable, they do not offer the same resistance to water, resulting in damage and the necessity for repairs such as wood floor restoration. However, another option that is a viable alternative to ceramic tiles is the use of vinyl flooring tiles, which are also extremely durable and likewise resistant to water, thus also making them ideal for bathroom and kitchen environments.