Want to know about Karndean flooring?
Well Fast Track Flooring can help you find out more and choose your perfect floor…

Who are Karndean? In 1973, Karndean started life as a small family business. Now they are one of the world’s most renowned luxury flooring companies. Karndean have risen amongst strong competition by providing a product that fits most budgets but still keeps design and style at the forefront of its product range. Take the new Knight Tile range for example; this Karndean’s entry level range has some of the most exciting new colours and designs we have seen from any LVT manufacturer in this price range for years. Karndean have shown you can create a beautiful design floor in your own home without having to spend a fortune. Their branding promotes practical flooring designed to last – and it does, with all flooring given a LIFETIME guarantee.

What is Karndean? Karndean is a luxury vinyl tile (LVT) 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. Basically it is like a really hard vinyl that doesn’t dent or tear like you Nans old kitchen lino. Karndean is the manufacturer, so a brand of LVT and they produce 5 main ranges – Art Select, Da Vinci, Opus, Van Gogh & Knight Tile. (They also produce Korloc, Michealgelo and Looselay but for the purpose of this fact find we will only concentrate on the main ones – form more information on the other ranges please contact us and we will be happy to help).

Why is Karndean so good? Karndean promotes that their flooring can cope with the daily demands of busy family life. Stain resistant and easy to clean, Karndean floors can handle water spillages without warping, and a dropped mug or plate without chipping or cracking. Unlike carpets, Karndean floors don’t harbor dirt, dust mites or bacteria. Designed to last for many years, each floor carries a lifetime residential warranty. Should any tile or wood plank be damaged, a spare can be easily replaced by Fast Track Flooring*. This is far more cost effective than damage to a portion of carpet or laminate, when the whole floor often has to be replaced.

Here’s what Karndean themselves say why you should choose their flooring over other traditional types of floor coverings:

Karndean v Laminate and Engineered Wood

Laminates and Engineered Woods are known for looking manufactured and unrealistic in comparison to real wood flooring. Karndean’s product designers beautifully replicate the look and feel of real wood products using advanced manufacturing techniques giving you the look of natural timber without the practical difficulties of maintaining wood flooring.

Many man made materials, including laminate, can curl or shrink whereas our floors maintain their shape throughout their lifetime.

If water gets inside a Laminate or Engineered Hardwood floor, it can cause the top layer of the product to de-laminate and peel making it less suitable for wet areas such as kitchens and bathrooms. Karndean Designflooring is water resistant and perfect to use in any room of your home, including kitchens and bathrooms.

Karndean v Stone/Ceramic Tiles

Natural stone and ceramic flooring can be hard to manage and weight is often a problem, especially if you’re looking to install in a room upstairs. Karndean is much lighter, flexible and easier to install.

The cold touch of stone and marble can be a bit off-putting first thing in the morning or in cold weather. Karndean flooring is much warmer underfoot and is also compatible with underfloor heating.

Natural stone and ceramic tiles can be slippery when wet. Karndean flooring is fully slip tested and its textured surfaces are suitable for commercial and domestic use, even in areas which get wet, like the bathroom, kitchen, hall or utility room.

Karndean v Carpet

Our floors do not harbour dust mites or bacteria – unlike carpets.
Karndean is easy and simple to keep clean, especially if you are busy, have children or pets to clean up after.

Our residential guarantee covers the lifetime of your floor for up to 35 years.

Unlike some carpets, Karndean can be laid over underfloor heating systems.
In the unlikely event of damage it is possible to replace a plank or tile of Karndean, a huge advantage over carpet which would need to be completely replaced.

Karndean v Hardwood

Karndean Designflooring gives you the unique grain and knot details, but without the practical difficulties.

Real wood flooring products come in varying quality and can expand, warp and shrink in reaction to temperature changes and moisture. Karndean.

Designflooring maintains its shape throughout its lifetime and is water resistant.

In order to keep real wood flooring looking like new it requires frequent maintenance including sanding, staining and lacquering. With Karndean, there’s no sanding, staining or lacquering required – it’s easy to maintain and keep clean.

What's the difference in the Karndean ranges?

Why choose Fast Track Flooring to supply and install your Karndean?


– We are a Karndean direct approved contractor so buy direct giving you the peace of mind what you are purchasing is A1 stock that’s fully guaranteed.

– We offer the full package; the complete range of Karndean products including floor preparation and expert installation at the best prices.

– The clue is in our name, we offer a FAST, efficient and friendly service and use only the most proficient fully insured fitters.


See for yourself our latest Karndean installations…


What to do next?


Pick up the phone and give us a call on 01233 367035 or email info@fast-trackflooring.co.uk. Our talented design team is on hand to assist you, we will come out and measure up free of charge and discuss your design brief. Fast Track Flooring will also look at things like if your existing sub-floor needs any preparation and how you would like the new floor set out. Then let our fitting professionals work their magic to ensure that your Karndean floor is expertly fitted. Lastly our after-sales team ensures that you get enough information about the product, its maintenance, and warranties.

Contact Us

  • Visit our designer flooring showroom @ The Signature Showroom - Unit 8 Evegate Business Park, Station Road, Smeeth, Ashford, Kent TN25 6SX

  • 01233 367035

  • info@fast-trackflooring.co.uk

  • Company No: 10530873 I Registered Address: Unit 8 Evegate Business Park, Station Road, Smeeth, Ashford, Kent TN25 6SX

Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm - showroom open by appointment only.