Vinyl flooring is in a class called ‘Resilient Flooring’ as the material isn’t rigid and can bend, roll and otherwise react to the environment in a flexible manner. It has been around since the 1920s in various formats yet it was only in the 1970s when it was manufactured in its current format of a plank with a micro-bevel to closely resemble wood. While the product has bounced around in ever re-invented formats for many years, only fairly recently the mass global market became totally obsessed with this cost-effective, waterproof and now highly-attractive product in volumes never seen before.
This trend, which has been steadily growing over the last ten years, is still in full swing in South Africa and shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. With refined production and print techniques, the attractiveness of a waterproof, photorealistic and affordable floor type is all the rage globally.
As a supplier to the professional flooring trade for many years, Global Stream’s founders, Marco and Erica Wagner, noted this developing product opportunity and quickly climbed on board, introducing to South Africans the now well-established Como label. The name Como, derived from ‘comfort’ and ‘home’, has established itself as a premier and much-respected national boutique label that is the epitome of a quality product manufactured in China. Furthermore, it leads and introduces new flavours of flooring style while remaining true to its roots – quality.