Thwaites and Coba Flooring
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Thwaites and Coba Flooring

THWAITES has installed Logomat Precision manufactured by Coba Flooring in the main reception area of its Warwickshire based headquarters.

Thwaites is said to be a globally-renowned name specialising in the manufacture of dumpers for the construction industry to a UK and worldwide market.

The main reception at Thwaites’ head office has recently been refurbished. Logomat Precision entrance matting…

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Bespoke: Forbo Flooring Systems
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Bespoke: Forbo Flooring Systems

CREATIVE clients are increasingly using their floorcoverings and finishes to communicate their brand identities. That means choosing suppliers who can colour match products to their corporate colourways, or incorporate their logos in overt or more subtle ways.

Bespoke flooring is also sought by clients who want to create unique statement floors that have great visual impact and communicate total …

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Bespoke logos from Gerflor
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Bespoke logos from Gerflor

SPORTS facilities, health clubs and fitness facilities are starting to show more personality and flooring can play a key role. Whether you’re designing a new facility, or redesigning an existing one, it’s worth keeping in mind the influence that flooring can have on overall aesthetics, sustainability and performance.

This ability to create a bespoke design or effect is key in the overall planning…

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Tarkett’s Floorcraft Design Service
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Tarkett’s Floorcraft Design Service

TARKETT’s Floorcraft Design Service is claimed to offer designers and architects endless opportunities to create what it describes as stunning effects and unique, personalised flooring concepts.

The Floorcraft service is said to enable designers to explore and visualise unique design concepts, which are then translated into a computer program for precision cutting.

The sonic cut component pieces…

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Bespoke logos from Heckmondwike
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Bespoke logos from Heckmondwike

HECKMONDWIKE FB, a fibre-bonded carpet manufacturer, says it’s showing how the sky really is the limit with its bespoke entrance area carpet designs.

Over the past few years, Heckmondwike FB says it’s created what it describes as some truly inspirational carpet designs by integrating bespoke logos and customised colours into entrance areas, ranging from football clubs to top hotels, schools and u…

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Tarkett: Bespoke
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Tarkett: Bespoke

AN installation created by Parisian design studio, 5.5, was unveiled on Tarkett’s stand at this year’s Euroshop. Celebrating creative expression, the design, with its reportedly poetic cloud of intricate vinyl shapes, was inspired by Tarkett’s new LVT collection, iD Mixonomi.

Previous designs created by the multi-award winning team at 5.5 include imaginative collaborations for Veuve Cliquot, Nesp…

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Haro design floor Disano
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Haro design floor Disano

DISANO by Haro, said to be the unique design floor for healthy living, is now also for damp areas.

The Disano design by Haro has, the company says, firmly established itself in the market. With new styles and a new variant suitable for damp areas, the Disano range is said to now be even more versatile.

Rosenheim - Disano by Haro: The design floor by Haro is said to be even more appealing with ne…

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F Ball and Co in Grantham, Lincolnshire
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F Ball and Co in Grantham, Lincolnshire

STYCCOBOND B95 flexible wood flooring adhesive from F Ball and Co, manufacturer of flooring adhesives and subfloor preparation products, has been used to install parquet herringbone wood block flooring in the refurbishment of a residential Victorian property in Grantham, Lincolnshire.

Lambourn Flooring & Interiors of Lincolnshire, was contracted to install the 100sq m of wood flooring in the…

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Parquet flooring from Atkinson & Kirby
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Parquet flooring from Atkinson & Kirby

THE art of parquet flooring is very much ‘back in’, making its mark on the design world, says Atkinson & Kirby.

The geometrical style of parquet is said to make an ideal solution for contractors looking for a cost-effective flooring solution that offers something a bit different for their clients.

The two big advantages of block flooring are said to be that it’s relatively easy to install, a…

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Award-winning floor range by Kährs
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Award-winning floor range by Kährs

KAHRS’ award-winning wood floor range includes over 190 design options for contract and domestic applications.  Twenty-eight individual collections include different signature styles and finishes, in a variety of sustainable wood species, formats and colour tones.

New collections for 2017 include Kährs Götaland Collection - a new range of five oak wood floors that combine a lively timber grade wi…

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Various offerings from Haro
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Various offerings from Haro

HARO says it now offers noble wood walls and stairs, as well as wood tables made of original Haro parquet.

‘As a natural parquet floor, wood is a unique experience,’ the company says. ‘It’s also suitable for designing walls, stairs and tables. With Haro Interior, Haro partners will now have additional attractive options to offer their customers in addition to the original Haro parquet floorings -…

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The Grandé range from IDS
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The Grandé range from IDS

GRANDE, part of the Tuscan wood flooring range from International Decorative Surfaces (IDS) is said to offer the fashionable appeal of wide floor planks in two classic options of Natural Oak and Rustic Oak, together with two contemporary finishes in Dark Smoked Oak and White Smoked Oak, all FSC certified.

The 220mm wide Natural, Rustic and Dark Smoked Oak planks have two or four bevelled edges an…

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New concept from Solid Wood  Flooring Co
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New concept from Solid Wood Flooring Co

THE Solid Wood Flooring Company says it’s introducing a new concept in the supply of engineered wood flooring and laminate.

‘As manufacturers, we can make and match anything that you require to be more competitive. We now make click-boards to match any finish and colour required which can reduce installation costs depending on the volume,’ the company says.

It emphasises the following points:

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Moravia style from Osmo UK
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Moravia style from Osmo UK

SINCE summer 2014, Osmo UK, which describes itself as the eco-friendly wood and finishes expert, has been partnered with rustic European oak flooring specialists, ESCO.

The partnership is said to provide a selection of ESCO flooring pre-finished with Osmo Polyx-Oil, making ESCO wood flooring suitable for anyone looking for a stand-out wood floor.

One of the most popular styles, the company says,…

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New parquet floor from Junckers
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New parquet floor from Junckers

HEXPARKET by Carpenter & Hartmann is a new parquet floor from Junckers. Hexagonal staves made in solid oak are laid to form an intricate design mimicking nature’s own geometric pattern based on equilateral tringles, the company says.

The staves measure 370mm on all sides by 20.5mm thick with an untreated surface to be finished onsite. The natural grain structure of the timber is said to add t…

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Mapei’s Spray Mop
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Mapei’s Spray Mop

MAPEI says it has a spray mop for protecting and maintaining wooden floors. ‘Keep your wooden floor looking its best with the Mapei range of special wood flooring maintenance products,’ the company adds.

Mapei’s Spray Mop is said to be suitable for easy daily cleaning operations and for thorough cleaning cycles such as removing and applying floor wax, or applying products from the Ultracoat range…

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20 finishes from Timbertherm
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20 finishes from Timbertherm

TIMBERTHERM has now been offered in more than 20 finishes. Available exclusively from Interwall Flooring, Timbertherm is said to feature integral far infrared technology and conducts heat through built-in nano-carbon conductors, which warm to 26degC maximum in less than five minutes.

The all-in-one ‘smart heat’ solution is said to provide a stylish and cost-effective alternative to dual wood floo…

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Stixall Multi-Purpose Wall and Floor Adhesive from Everbuild
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Stixall Multi-Purpose Wall and Floor Adhesive from Everbuild

EVERBUILD – a Sika company – says Stixall is a name already known and loved by many, and now it says it’s presenting Stixall Multi-Purpose Wall and Floor Adhesive, designed to be trowel applied for larger surfaces.

‘As you’d expect from the popular brand, Stixall Multi-Purpose Wall and Floor Adhesive can be used to bond virtually all materials, even in wet and damp conditions,’ Everbuild says.

T…

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F Ball and Co and National Gallery
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F Ball and Co and National Gallery

F BALL AND 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 smoothing underlayment, which created a smooth and level surface for the new oak floor.

Located on London’s famous Trafalgar Square, the N…

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Paddington Exchange and Bostik
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Paddington Exchange and Bostik

BOSTIK has supplied a range of subfloor preparation products and adhesives to deliver a flooring finish at the Paddington Exchange development in Paddington, London.

The Paddington Exchange project is a large residential development comprising of 123 apartments in the heart of London. The project was carried out for main contractor, Bouygues UK.

Working with Chelmer Group, the main flooring cont…

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Aylesbury Estate development and F Ball
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Aylesbury Estate development and F Ball

SUBFLOOR preparation products from F Ball and Co, a manufacturer of flooring adhesives and subfloor preparation products, have been used in a major housing development in London.

Contractors from Hillingdon Flooring Company, based in Slough, were appointed to prepare and install the new floors on the Aylesbury Estate development in Walworth, which comprises 9,000sq m of floorspace across five blo…

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The Gym Club project and UltraFloor
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The Gym Club project and UltraFloor

RAPID-DRYING smoothing underlayment, Level IT Bond is said by UltraFloor to provide a suitable solution for application onto old adhesive residues.

Flooring and cladding contractors, Midland Floor and Wall Covering secured The Gym Club project in conjunction with UltraFloor’s technical team, who specified the use of Level IT Bond and DPM IT.

The building’s original floor was stripped of its brok…

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New FAST One Coat DPM from  Tilemaster
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New FAST One Coat DPM from Tilemaster

TILEMASTER Adhesives has introduced a new dampproof membrane to its surface preparation range.

New FAST One Coat DPM is a solvent-free, epoxy-based product that cures in between 4-5 hours.  The two-component system can be used on surfaces with a relative humidity of up to 98% and can be installed where no structural DPM is present, Tilemaster says.  

New FAST One Coat DPM is reportedly suitable …

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New FAST One Coat DPM from  Tilemaster (1)
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New FAST One Coat DPM from Tilemaster (1)

THE Preparation Group, specialists in surface preparation, removal and finishing, offers a range of grinding tools and equipment from small tools to large multi-head machines.

The compact 180 Grinder is designed for use in confined areas where larger plant cannot reach and for edgework. Critically, it’s said to avoid the operator having to work on their hands and knees.

The 2.5kw motor and inter…

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Saint-Gobain Weber’s weberfloor DPM
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Saint-Gobain Weber’s weberfloor DPM

SAINT-GOBAIN WEBER has introduced weberfloor DPM, described as a highly moisture tolerant epoxy resin damp-proof system that suppresses the passage of moisture by up to 98%.

This two-coat system has been designed to bond to concrete surfaces, even while still drying out, and is resistant to a range of chemicals.

Its ease of application to concrete and cement-based substrates, as well as Weber le…

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Levelling compound range from  Norcros Adhesives
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Levelling compound range from Norcros Adhesives

ANY newly-laid or screeded floor surface is likely to need levelling with the use of a self-levelling compound to ensure there is the lowest possible height variance in the floor.

This is because floors, whether concrete or other material, are typically laid to inaccurate tolerances. The leveller acts as an intermediate layer, which can then be tiled over, or any other type of floor covering can …

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Installation of the month

The nature of education

SITUATED in the heart of the Forest of Dean, St White’s Primary School wanted to draw on the surrounding landscape to create a nature-infused space that would re-connect pupils with the outdoors.

The new building combines outdoor play areas and views out onto the forest with nature-inspired fixtures and fittings, such as modular flooring from Interface’s collections.

There are proven benefits to…

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Editor's Blog

Coral Click entrance flooring

FOLLOWING on the heels of a major ‘refresh’ and extension of its Coral textile entrance matting collection, Forbo has launched Coral Click, an ‘off-the-shelf’ entrance flooring option supplied in what it describes as an exceptionally versatile modular format.

With this tough, engineered (yet metal-free) matting, Forbo says it’s effectively bridging a gap between its other Coral textile ‘wipe-off’ mats and its very heavy duty Nuway entrance flooring ranges which boast aluminum constructions.

Designed for use on its own or in conjunction with other Coral sheet and tile products as part of what…

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Training

Smooth operators

If all we needed was one type of smoothing compound, why do manufacturers make so many different types? Matt Bourne explains

THERE’S much confusion when it comes to selecting a smoothing compound. At FloorSkills we get asked on every subfloor preparation course ‘which compound is best?’

Well, there isn’t one smoothing compound that is best or that does everything. Each one has a different specification of what it can and can’t do to suit whatever the subfloor, flooring product and the type of traffic that’s going to be running over the top of it.

You need to know the above before you select what smoothing compound you’ll be using. If you don’t know the above, it’s impossible to select a s…

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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

By CAROLINE HARDY

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

Caught out on the web

Is your website doing your business more harm than good?

YOUR website is one of your company’s most valuable assets, and only gets one chance to make a first impression. While you get to go home and change into comfortable clothes for the evening, your website doesn’t. It’s open 24/7 and here are some stats that may make you rethink whether it’s dressed to impress:

  • It takes less than 0.5 second for a visitor to form a first impression on your website
  • 38% of people will stop engaging with a website if the content/layout is unattractive
  • 75% of users admit to making judgements on a company’s credibility based on their website

So, if it’s time to rethink what your website says about you…

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Help and Advice

Water, water everywhere

Neil Sanders provides advice on selecting the right moisture management system

IN this month’s column, I discuss the importance for flooring contractors of measuring and managing moisture prior to undertaking a flooring installation, and explain the different kinds of moisture management systems available.

When beginning a new flooring installation or refurbishment, F Ball advises contractors to take the time to thoroughly assess the composition and condition of the subfloor before specifying the correct subfloor preparation products.

Excess subfloor moisture in particular, when left untreated, can lead to costly remedial work that could easily be avoided by using modern, waterproof surfa…

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