New Guardian® NXT Collection From Tarkett Designed to Create Sustainable, Comfortable Classrooms and Workplaces
Tarkett, a worldwide leader in innovative and sustainable flooring, is introducing the latest generation of its trusted Guardian flooring products. Guardian® NXT is a carbon-neutral flooring solution designed to work together both functionally and aesthetically to create more productive classrooms and workspaces. The soft-surface designs are available on Powerbond® and modular tile options, in 10 beautiful colorways. Tarkett has also released Factor, a new digitally-printed LVT with eight coordinating hues, completmentary to the Guardian NXT color palette. Featuring a number of Tarkett’s trailblazing technologies, Guardian NXT will contribute to the comfort and sustainability of any space, while maximizing return on investment.
“Some floor patterns are more obvious than others, wearing their hearts on their sleeves without asking us to lean in and take a closer look. But that’s not Guardian NXT’s style,” said Tommy Keener, senior design director, Tarkett North America. “With careful planting and shifting of yarns, we’ve created a unique layering of both organic and geometric elements. The result is a celebration of color and form, with surprising treasures hidden just beneath the surface.”
Since the early 1970s, Tarkett’s Guardian styles have combined forward-looking design with unmatched Powerbond performance. Guardian NXT pays tribute to these roots while looking to the future with the latest tufting technologies. Introduced in 1967, Powerbond has revolutionized the industry for more than 50 years. The cushion is designed with a scientifically precise density and thickness, so every cell is consistent and closed to ensure moisture cannot enter. With the look and feel of carpet and the performance of resilient, Powerbond seams are chemically welded to create an impermeable, wall-to-wall moisture barrier and provide for enhanced ease of soil and stain removal. Its unique construction of nylon and closed-cell cushion produces a floor covering that’s integral, inseparable and impermeable.
The Powerbond construction is an ideal solution for creating calmer environments with a 0.22 Noise Reduction Coefficient, and a 68 Impact Insulation Class, and is rugged enough to handle heavy traffic. Because of its incredible strength and durability, many of Tarkett’s customers are still enjoying their Powerbond installations 30, 40, even 50 years later. Powerbond RS was developed specifically to address potential problems associated with indoor air quality, sick building syndrome and building related illness. With low VOCs and no need for troweling adhesives, the material installs quickly (even on stairs) and contributes to healthy indoor air quality over the life of the floor.
Guardian NXT modular options feature Tarkett’s revolutionary ethos® Modular with Omnicoat Technology®, a non-PVC backing made with post-consumer recycled PVB from car windshields and architectural glass from buildings. The filler used in the backing is post-industrial waste from the paper industry. When combined with TarkettTAPE®, ethos can be installed without moisture testing saving one to three days of time. ethos Modular carpet tile backing is Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Silver.
Like all Tarkett soft surface products, Guardian NXT features Tarkett’s Eco-Ensure™ technology—a fluorine-free, PFAS-free soil protection that is Cradle to Cradle Certified Platinum, helping to safeguard the health of both our planet and its people.
For spaces in the floor plan that require a coordinating resilient solution, Tarkett created Factor, a new, digitally printed LVT in the Collections Infinies® library. This vibrant visual carries the warmth and texture of an open weave textile, combined with the best-in-class scratch, scuff and stain resistance of Tarkett’s Techtonic® protection. Choose from eight precise colors that coordinate flawlessly with the Guardian NXT palette, or easily create your own custom color.
Both the Guardian NXT soft-surface styles and the Factor LVT designs are certified Carbonfree® by Carbonfund, demonstrating the company’s ongoing commitment to develop a circular economy and reverse the impacts of climate change.
For more information about Tarkett and the company’s comprehensive range of flooring solutions and accessories, visit www.tarkettna.com.
With a history of 140 years, Tarkett is a worldwide leader in innovative flooring and sports surface solutions, with net sales of € 2.6 billion in 2020. Offering a wide range of products including vinyl, linoleum, rubber, carpet, wood, laminate, artificial turf and athletics tracks, the Group serves customers in over 100 countries across the globe. Tarkett has more than 12,000 employees and 33 industrial sites, and sells 1.3 million square meters of flooring every day, for hospitals, schools, housing, hotels, offices, stores and sports fields. Committed to change the game with circular economy and to reducing its carbon footprint, the Group has implemented an eco-innovation strategy based on Cradle to Cradle® principles, fully aligned with its Tarkett Human-Conscious Design™ approach. Tarkett is listed on Euronext Paris (compartment B, ISIN: FR0004188670, ticker: TKTT). www.tarkett.com