Lancaster, Pa.—Ecore Commercial Flooring (ECF) is proud to introduce its latest flooring solution: Forest rx. Using Ecore’s itstru technology, this unique surfacing is a hybrid of a Forest rx vinyl wear layer, manufactured by Polyflor, fusion-bonded to 5 millimeters of Ecore recycled rubber. By combining Ecore’s innovation and environmental initiatives with Polyflor’s world-class flooring solutions, a new category of flooring emerges. The result is a beautiful surfacing that looks like real wood, but is quieter underfoot, ergonomic, and safe.
“The most exciting thing about forest rx is its multi-purpose attributes,” said Bob Barber, vice president of sales and marketing at Ecore. “Although it has the appearance of hard wood, it offers more benefits than traditional wood surfacing. In addition to being attractive, quiet, ergonomic and safe, Forest rx is economic, hygienic, and easy to install.”
Forest rx is available in seven wood-grain looks and is ideal for healthcare environments that include patient rooms, nurse’s stations, therapy spaces, corridors, and offices as well as senior living spaces. The surface’s PUR enhanced wear layer makes it durable, and cleaning simply requires a dry and wet mop and buffing. No waxing is needed.
Forest rx offers proven sound control where peace and quiet are required and expected. IIC tests (in accordance with ASTM E492 and E2179) demonstrate Forest rx allows the most basic assemblies to exceed strict IIC 50 building code requirements, reducing impact sound by more than 20 decibels with no ceiling.
In addition, the overall comfort of this recycled rubber flooring provides improved ergonomics for active patients, residents, and staff. Studies have shown that a more comfortable and content staff results in a better level of patient care. Forest rx is also designed to reduce the risk of injury associated with falls. Force reduction tests have shown fall impact is reduced by 16.9 percent (in accordance with DIN 18032) when Forest rx is installed. This surfacing can also reduce the severity of patient or resident injuries and mitigate liability for the owners of healthcare facilities.