Bespoke designs & logos - Harvey Maria
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Bespoke designs & logos - Harvey Maria

Designs and logos are all the more interesting for being bespoke.

ALONGSIDE ‘striking patterns and authentic natural-effects’, Harvey Maria offers what it describes as ‘one-of-a kind’ custom-printed floors. Typically used to create transformative spaces and stunning features, its commissions have included Belfast’s Titanic Museum, where LVT reportedly dramatically depicted the ship’s design,...

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Wood & laminate flooring - F Ball & Co
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Wood & laminate flooring - F Ball & Co

F BALL & Co’s ‘high-performance’ Styccobond B95 flexible wood flooring adhesive has been used to install 400sq m of new timber flooring at the National Gallery, London. Prior to installation, the subfloor was prepared using Stopgap Green Bag general purpose levelling compound, which created a smooth and level surface for the new oak floor.

Located on London’s famous Trafalgar Square, the...

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Wood & laminate flooring - Mapei
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Wood & laminate flooring - Mapei

ULTRACOAT Sport System has been introduced by Mapei, to provide ‘a high-performance system for the decoration and protection of wooden sports-floors’.

Comprising of a base coat, coloured acrylic paint and varnish finish, the system is suitable for application in facilities used for all types of sports and the products have most recently been approved by Fiba for competition levels 1, 2 and 3.

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Wood & laminate flooring - Floorwise
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Wood & laminate flooring - Floorwise

THROUGH what’s described as a specialist range of underlays, floorwise provides retailers and contractors with a range of products designed to combat the common issues presented by wood and laminate floors.

‘Retailers and installers looking for a value-driven choice should look towards the Whisper collection of lightweight PE foam underlays,’ says the company.

‘From the base-level Whisper that...

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Wood & laminate flooring - Granorte
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Wood & laminate flooring - Granorte

GRANORTE has refreshed its Recolour collection of contemporary design flooring, introducing a wide colour palette and a glue-down specification ideal for commercial locations.

‘Layering cork’s beautiful natural aesthetic beneath a 28-strong colour palette from Pearl through Blush, Lilac and Olive to Slate Grey and Smoke, Recolour offers something very special for projects looking to break from...

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Wood & laminate flooring - Junckers
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Wood & laminate flooring - Junckers

JUNCKERS’ new Twin Herringbone floor is an updated version of what the company describes as a much-loved classic. Delivered with a hardwearing factory-finished surface reportedly ready to walk on as soon as it’s installed, Twin Herringbone has the advantage of saving on costly and time-consuming installation work as the floor apparently doesn’t have to be sanded, filled and treated after...

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Wood & laminate flooring - Kerakoll
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Wood & laminate flooring - Kerakoll

KERAKOLL has relaunched its collection of adhesives, sealing and cleaning products for hardwood flooring in the UK. The revamped collection includes Slc EP21 Rapid (a rapid primer/DPM), new formulations of the L34 range of adhesives including a new rapid-setting product, and cleaners, fillers and varnishes.

A hardwood flooring systems brochure which doubles as a product catalogue is also...

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Wood & laminate flooring - Haro
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Wood & laminate flooring - Haro

AS HARO partners are said to be aware, an increasing number of interior designers are on the lookout for comprehensive solutions enabling them to plan staircases that ‘harmonise perfectly’ with the desired ‘high-quality’ parquet, laminate or design flooring.

Owing to Haro’s range of accessories, its partners reportedly have the matching stair-nosing to satisfy all requirements and are said to...

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Wood & laminate flooring - Bona
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Wood & laminate flooring - Bona

A WOODEN sports floor is designed to flex with the athlete’s weight and movement, and this places great demands on the products used to finish the surface. Another important parameter is the slip resistance of the surface.

Too little friction increases the risk of slipping, while too much increases the risk of injury. The surface must be easily maintained to retain the surface properties, with...

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Wood & laminate flooring - Unilin
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Wood & laminate flooring - Unilin

THROUGH a development process that examines the detail of original surfaces, UNILIN Evola brings decorative boards that are claimed to look and feel true-to-life.

Each Unilin Evola design starts with an original surface, from which begins an intensive process of design development. Using the original sample, Unilin’s design and R&D teams begin to work together to create a surface that’s as...

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Wood & laminate flooring - IDS
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Wood & laminate flooring - IDS

THE Tuscan Forte wood flooring range, part of the Tuscan Collection from IDS, has reportedly been enhanced with lacquer technology from Tressert to ‘enrich the visual and textural appeal of the wood’s natural grain, while assuring surface protection and durability’.

The lightweight formulation of Tressert lacquer, an ‘industry respected’ German brand, means Tuscan Forte flooring is said to retain ...

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Wood & laminate flooring - Woodpecker Flooring
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Wood & laminate flooring - Woodpecker Flooring

THE 2019 Woodpecker Flooring catalogue is here, featuring what the company describes as a volley of new products, inspiring images and refreshed design.

As the trend for contemporary parquet flooring continues to thrive, two new chevron designs join the Goodrich collection. In white and natural shades, Cashmere and Manor Oak are said to bolster the choice of unique patterned looks from the range.

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Wood & laminate flooring - Kährs
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Wood & laminate flooring - Kährs

Kährs has supplied sustainable cosmetics retailer Lush with hardwood flooring for Lush stores, offices, spas and studios in the UK. The collaboration is a result of Kährs matching the strict environmental criteria set by Lush for its suppliers.

Lush has ‘very high standards of sustainability awareness and strong environmental ethos’ for all its cosmetic products, which reportedly involves the...

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Surface preparation – UltraFloor
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Surface preparation – UltraFloor

INNOVATION and product development have always reportedly been at the heart of UltraFloor. ‘Listening to the needs of our loyal customers and providing real solutions to today’s flooring problems has provided the backbone to our extensive product portfolio,’ says the company.

With this in mind, UltraFloor’s Research and Development Chemists says it’s enhanced the formula of Level IT Bond to...

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Surface preparation – PPC
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Surface preparation – PPC

THE Preparation Group has added a new machine to its equipment range specifically designed for hire - the 110v 250SP Single-Head Grinder.

Designed for small commercial and domestic projects, the 250SP has a range of interchangeable diamond accessories for multi-functional use; cleaning and keying all types of surfaces, removing concrete laitance, smoothing and levelling, descaling and removing...

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Surface preparation – Weber
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Surface preparation – Weber

SAINT-Gobain Weber industrial and commercial flooring products, reportedly designed for speed of application and premium performance, have been used in a major renovation project at Woolley GMC Engineering Co in Coventry.

This British engineering company’s trading success required a rapid factory facility renovation.  weberfloor 4655 industry flow rapid industrial screed is said to be responsible ...

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Surface preparation – Mapei
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Surface preparation – Mapei

LATEXPLAN No Ammonia is a ‘two-part, fast-setting, moisture-tolerant, cement-based, latex-mixed levelling compound’, according to Mapei.

‘It’s suitable for levelling differences in thickness between 3-10mm in one application on new and existing substrates over a wide range of surface conditions,’ says the company.

‘Latexplan No Ammonia can be used over most old existing adhesive residues...

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Surface preparation – Bostik
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Surface preparation – Bostik

SUMMER is here and, once again, the warmer weather will bring a host of new considerations for flooring contractors to take into account when it comes to subfloor preparation.
Warm conditions can mean drying times for smoothing compounds are significantly faster, and this combined with the prevalence of fast-track products in the industry today creates potential pitfalls for the uninformed and...

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Surface preparation – UltraFloor (1)
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Surface preparation – UltraFloor (1)

ULTRAFLOOR’s range of subfloor preparation materials includes DPM IT and Prime IT Multi-surface Primer, ancillary products designed to protect your floors and enhance bond.

UltraFloor Prime IT Multi-surface Primer is reportedly a moisture-tolerant, water-based polymer primer, sealer and bonding aid, formulated for porous and non-porous substrates. Designed to promote the adhesion of UltraFloor...

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Surface preparation – Tilemaster
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Surface preparation – Tilemaster

TILEMASTER Adhesives’ Professional Flooring Products range consists of various single-part and two-part smoothing compounds for, reportedly, all types of substrate, flooring material and time-frames. These products are manufactured in Leyland, Lancashire and are designed to help solve challenges faced by flooring contractors and tilers.

‘For projects that require a ‘heavy duty’ compound, FineFlow ...

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Surface preparation – Uzin
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Surface preparation – Uzin

UZIN L3 Gold, smoothing compound is said to be suitable for use in refurbishment projects as it can be applied over old waterproof adhesives residues such as bitumen, if hard, sound and well-bonded to the substrate. It can reportedly be used without a primer in most cases and has a high compressive strength of 25 N.

‘It’s extremely quick-setting and floorcoverings can be installed after two...

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Surface preparation – Norcros Adhesives
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Surface preparation – Norcros Adhesives

NORCROS Adhesives offers a range of tile adhesives and surface preparation products. The company says it’s demonstrated its products can meet the most demanding goals, which is why it has an exclusive arrangement with Barratt Homes – a UK housebuilder - on its range of tile adhesives.

The new Barratts agreement followed trials using Norcros Pro-Gyp Base Fast Track Sealer on the prestigious Sugar...

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Surface preparation – F Ball & Co
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Surface preparation – F Ball & Co

IN order to ensure a long-lasting, smooth base for the installation of floorcoverings, a levelling compound should be applied over a subfloor. However, F Ball & Co, manufacturer of subfloor preparation products, advises that before applying a levelling compound, it’s necessary to inspect and properly prepare the subfloor. Contractors should also take time to select the most appropriate...

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Tile it up: top tips for tile removal
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Tile it up: top tips for tile removal

CERAMIC tile is more than just a material for floor and wall coverings. Craftsmen throughout history have used these tiles to create complex and beautiful designs, such as the intricate Roman mosaics capturing historical scenes and the decorative azulejos of Spain and Portugal.

Here, I’ll explain how contractors can mimic the intricacy of artists to guarantee success when working with similar...

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Installation of the month

Reduced noise and increased comfort at Reach Free

ALTRO Serenade acoustic flooring has been used throughout the new £17 million Reach Free School, in Rickmansworth, reportedly providing the highest level of sound reduction and comfort underfoot.

The newly-constructed school has created places for...

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News Story

Stu Forkin completes Liverpool half-marathon for Alder Hey

TILEMASTER Adhesives’ Stuart Forkin recently battled the elements to complete the Liverpool half-marathon for Alder Hey Children’s Charity. Finishing…

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News Story

Glynn Griffin receives TTA ‘Employee of the Year’ award

TILEMASTER Adhesives’ Glynn Griffin has received The Tile Association ‘Employee of the Year’ Award 2019. The coveted award was presented at the…

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News Story

Hannah goes extra mile for Alzheimer’s Society

TILEMASTER Adhesives’ Hannah Southworth recently joined thousands of participants in Manchester’s ‘Ready Steady GLOW’ Memory Walk. Taking part to…

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Editor's Blog

Entry deadline extended for the 2019 Recofloor Awards

Celebrate your company’s vinyl flooring recycling achievements by entering the 2019 Recofloor Awards. You can still submit entries before the extended March 16th deadline.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Altro and Polyflor’s scheme and big...

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Training

Targeted training for the nation’s biggest flooring retailer

THE Academy for Excellence in Flooring has partnered with national retailer, Carpetright, to develop a reportedly bespoke training programme.

Covering a range of topics on wood, laminate and LVT flooring including production processes, constructions, locking systems, product characteristics, subfloor preparation and installation; the course was designed to give attendees a full and rounded understanding.

Louise Sylvester, regional manager,...

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Contractor Profiles

The amazing life of Britain's oldest floorlayer - Chaper I

Sixty-nine years after beginning his first job in the flooring sector, Keith Shenton is still working on his knees.
His astonishing life story will be serialised by CFJ over the next few months.

IN August last year, I was emailed by John Butler, founder of JBC Flooring and treasurer of the CFA, who’s widely regarded as one of the nicest people in the industry. He wrote that he’d recently spoken to a fellow floorlayer whose life story was so...

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Point of View

How to get streetwise about retention

Barry Ashmore explains what you can do as a subcontractor to avoid losing your retentions

IF you carry out commercial work as a subcontractor to a main contractor you’ll be familiar with the concept of retention – the proportion of money (usually 3-5%) that is held back until the end of the defects liability period.

You may be just as familiar with the battle to try and get it back, and even give up on it altogether in frustration! Do you make ...

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Help and Advice

From the ground up: the time is ripe for upskilling

Rob Firman  explains the impact of Dame Judith Hackitt’s review and why knowledge sharing has never been so important.

DAME Judith Hackitt’s review into fire safety and building regulations is driving fundamental change across the whole construction sector. Here I’ll explain the impact of the review and why knowledge sharing has never been so important.

‘Building a Safer Future’ is the name of Dame Judith Hackitt’s final report following her...

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CFA Comments

Now that was a busy year!

Garry Bateman reflects on his first year serving as President of the CFA.

WHEN I was voted in as CFA president for a two-year duration back in May...

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