For the love of vinyl
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For the love of vinyl

Decorative vinyl and LVT floors have many attractive attributes

HIGH-DESIGN concrete effect safety flooring from Polyflor was recently used at BMet college in Birmingham to create a fresh look for their reception area, common room and canteen.

The safety flooring from the Polysafe Arena PUR collection was installed at the Further and Higher Education College’s Matthew Boulton campus by local floor…

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Prolific perfection
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Prolific perfection

To make your flooring installation look professional, profiles, trims and accessories have a large role

ONCE new floorcoverings have been installed on a staircase, stairnosings may need to be applied. Stairnosings are designed to act as a safety feature on stairs, protect the edges of the stairs from chipping and cracking and help provide an aesthetically pleasing finish.

They’re popular in a rang…

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Champs of the revamps
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Champs of the revamps

Flooring plays a major role in refurbishment projects

WHEN refurbishing its new office at The Shard, agricultural commodities merchants, ED&F Man, wanted to create an interior that was striking and impressive for visitors and which also focussed on supporting the wellbeing of its employees using the principles of biophilic design.

To help achieve this vision, biophilc-inspired collections from…

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Installation of the month

As pure as air

PURE Air100 carpet tiles from modulyss have been selected for the new Hinckley headquarters of award-winning venue finder, Conference Care, a decision fuelled by the European manufacturer’s ability to mix what it describes as contemporary looks with far-reaching performance.

Specified by Advanced Commercial Interiors, 600sq m of Pure Air100 were installed in design 314, a linear decor that blends…

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Editor's Blog

Where the flooring world gathers

Domotex in Hannover is a bit like the UN of the industry – everybody wants a piece of the action

DOMOTEX is the world’s most famous flooring show and for good reason. I returned from this year’s show – my first time there – full of inspiration about what the flooring industry can achieve.

At the CFA stand, Richard Catt, ceo, was in typically bullish form, talking to prospective members and clearly savouring the enormity of the exhibition. ‘UK manufacturers should definitely visit Domotex,’ he said. ‘There’s so much potential for them here.’

An interesting aspect of the show was the fact it …

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Kitchen specialist ‘improves flooring knowledge’

TRADE-ONLY kitchen specialist Benchmarx has committed to ensuring its staff are ready to answer customer queries on flooring by booking eight Academy external training days for 2017

This continued commitment to a greater understanding of Quick-Step flooring comes on the back of some 140-staff attending the external training programme throughout 2016.

Thanks to the Academy our staff are now confident in dealing with the customer questions we receive on the installation of Quick-Step flooring, such as which underlay to use or what expansion gap is required,’ explains Graham Carse, Benchmarx.

‘The training has also helped staff to deal with specific technical queries relating to the hugely p…

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Contractor Profiles

No robots just yet

Gary Perry, director of Arcadia Flooring, has a clear and simple philosophy: you’re only as good as the people you work with


YOU’RE only as good as the people you work with says Gary Perry. It’s a belief he has carried with him through the years from when he left school at 16 and was taken on by a London-based company as a flooring apprentice.

Now a director at Arcadia Flooring, in Erith, Kent, Gary is also happy he took the decision to learn a trade.

‘I was simply looking for a start in the construction industry at the time, and was fortunate a flooring apprenticeship was available,’ he says.

‘In the past 15 years, technology has advanced significantly, and will conti…

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Point of View

How to avoid and resolve disputes

Get your approach right to sidestep problems

MANY disputes can be avoided by getting the paperwork right in the first place, and making sure everyone understands what’s expected of them and what will happen if things go wrong.
Adopting the following approach can help:

Make sure that agreement has been reached on all the important contract clauses;
Record all pre-contract negotiations and confirm everything in writing and/or email;  
Make sure that the contract states exactly what is understood to have been agreed;   
Negotiate exclusion clauses and make sure that they are fair and enforceable;   
Agree on any standard terms and conditions to be used;

Get advice on your contract documentation a…

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Help and Advice

Don’t turn up the heat!

Contractors who ignore the ‘moisture rules’ will find their luck has run out when they try to do an installation over UFH, warns Sid Bourne

Why moisture is probably the leading cause of wood flooring callbacks.

II’m increasingly getting complaints about wood flooring situated over underfloor heating (UFH). The most common complaints, in no particular order, are to do with gaps, splits, delamination and cupping. I’ve written before about this issue before but am still getting more and more complaints.

Most complaints are unavoidable owing to the consumer just simply turning up the heat regardless of having been advised by the retailer or contractor of what not to do.

We have to remember f…

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The Flooring Library is brought to you by CFJ (Contract Flooring Journal) the leading UK magazine for the contract flooring industry. All the entries included in the library are vetted and approved by Kick-Start Publishing Ltd.

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