Gerflor and Carrongrange
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Gerflor and Carrongrange

ZONING, statement floors and personalised flooring with logos are all key vogues we’re seeing an increased hunger for. Whether designing a new facility, or redesigning an existing one, the influence that flooring design can have on overall aesthetics, sustainability and performance cannot be dismissed.

The capacity to create a bespoke design or effect is crucial in the overall planning and layout ...

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Newhey Carpets
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Newhey Carpets

BASED in Rochdale near Manchester, Newhey is a British manufacturer of what it describes as high-quality carpets for the hotel, leisure and entertainment sectors.

‘Applying almost 50 years of manufacturing and technical excellence, we constantly embrace the latest production techniques in order to deliver reliable, high performance products to our global customer base,’ says the company.

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Rawson Carpets
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Rawson Carpets

RAWSON Carpets says it has a comprehensive bespoke service borne of many years of working directly with clients and fulfilling their particular ideas for final carpet aesthetics.

This includes the provision of intricate logo work for indoor and outdoor solutions, from quality logos cut with sonic cutting services to outdoor maps of the works for children’s secure play areas.

‘We’re proud to work ...

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Forbo - Speaking of bespoke
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Forbo - Speaking of bespoke

Calming colours and patterns have reportedly helped to create a special environment for mothers and babies at Glan Clwyd Hospital. Forbo Flooring Systems’ Sphera Element has been specified throughout the Mother and Baby Unit, due to its bright and fresh appearance, high-performance and durability.  Easy to work with, the Sphera sheets were laid throughout the unit and hand cut to shape to create...

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Manchester Carpet Tile Centre
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Manchester Carpet Tile Centre

‘OUR Tufton carpet tile range in plain or striped pattern continues to sell extremely well given its versatility in design options,’ says Dyne Carpet Tile Company.

‘This low cost heavy contract carpet tile suits an array of locations where low cost, high design is required,’ the company continues, adding that it’s made from polypropylene fibres with a 550g pile weight.

‘Tufton has eight plain...

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Weber and Hodgson Mazda
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Weber and Hodgson Mazda

COMMERCIAL floor screed and tile fixing products by Saint-Gobain Weber have been specified for the refurbishment of the showroom at the Hodgson Mazda dealership in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. The 330sq m floorspace accommodates new cars that offer a range of solutions to keep car and driver in perfect harmony.

The original showroom floor was covered with a combination of carpet and ceramic tiles. It...

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Bostik Screedmaster products
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Bostik Screedmaster products

WHEN floors aren’t level, the need to apply a smoothing compound layer thicker than the standard 3mm to 5mm can pose a problem with standard drying products.

Bostik Screedmaster Deep is reportedly the solution as it can be applied between 5-50mm in one step. Formulated with self-drying technology, it can reportedly harden to foot traffic and also dry to lay floorcoverings in a much faster...

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Treadsure product
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Treadsure product

IN the face of about 50,000 injuries treated in NHS accident and emergency departments each year - all caused by slips, trips and falls, a company specialising in accident prevention methods has introduced a product which is claimed to dramatically increase the traction on most flooring surfaces and is said to be equally effective when applied to the soles of footwear.

Using a new and patented...

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Uzin system
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Uzin system

WAITING for damp anhydrite screeds to dry is now a thing of the past. With Uzin’s system, calcium sulphate screeds can, it’s claimed, be permanently protected against residual moisture up to 95% RH (or up to 90% RH when underfloor heating is present).

The system apparently allows projects to be completed much quicker and avoids long delays. It’s essential surface laitance is removed to expose the ...

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Tilemaster surface preparation range
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Tilemaster surface preparation range

TILEMASTER ADHESIVES’ surface preparation range includes a new DPM and screed system that’s said to be ‘floor-ready’ in 5-6 hours. The combined system includes Tilemaster’s FAST One Coat DPM and Super Flow 30, which can be used across a range of substrates, including underfloor heating systems.

Epoxy-based FAST One Coat DPM is a two-part solvent-free product that cures in between 4-5 hours.  It...

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Safeguard Europe floor coatings
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Safeguard Europe floor coatings

A COMPANION to the similar Drybase ECS Epoxy Floor Coating, Drybase ECS chemical-resistant Epoxy Floor Coating from Safeguard Europe is what’s claimed to be a highly durable damp-proof epoxy coating for floors and walls with enhanced resistance to chemical attack.

A two-part water-dispersed epoxy resin, it’s applied in two coats using a brush or roller. Once cured, the coating is hardwearing,...

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Preparation Group multi-surface stripper
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Preparation Group multi-surface stripper

THE Preparation Group has launched the MSS150 Multi-Surface Stripper, a multi-functional floor removal tool.

‘A powerful 1.8kw motor and a wide range of ‘quick click’ interchangeable tools, including blades, chisels and picks, render the MSS150 ideal for lifting and removing any kind of surface,’ says the company.
It adds: ‘The 6in wing-tipped blade lifts sheet materials, such as vinyl, the flat...

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F Ball Stopgap F78
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F Ball Stopgap F78

TO ensure a long-lasting, smooth base for the installation of floorcoverings, a levelling compound should be applied over a subfloor. However, F Ball and Co 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 levelling compound for the job.

First, before any floorcoverings ...

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F Ball & Floors of Distinction
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F Ball & Floors of Distinction

F BALL & CO’s Styccobond B95 wood flooring adhesive is a one-part, flexible, moisture curing polyurethane adhesive used for installing a range of wood floorcoverings.

Formulated to be quick setting, it develops a high bond strength and can be used for securing engineered boards (semi-solids) and a wide range of plank and wood strip flooring up to 1.5m long.

The adhesive can be applied to...

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Haro Plank 1-Strip Plaza
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Haro Plank 1-Strip Plaza

HARO says it’s hit the mark once more with the chateau plank format of Plank 1-Strip Plaza which now comes in four additional variants for exclusive selling points in retail.

‘The format of a chateau plank with the all-round carefree properties of a technically perfect multi-layer parquet – that’s how Plank 1-Strip Plaza impressively fulfils the latest design trends,’ says Haro.

‘Plaza became a...

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Woodpecker Flooring
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Woodpecker Flooring

FEATURING a slide, gym and real wood treehouse, Woodpecker Flooring’s new offices make a day at work feel like no work at all, says the company.

Tucked away in Caerphilly’s Pant Glas Industrial Estate, the once empty shell of a warehouse has been transformed into a fantastic workplace, owing to a £2m investment from the company.

The two-storey space is just 500 yards from Woodpecker’s...

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Heywood's engineered wood flooring
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Heywood's engineered wood flooring

WITH more than 20 years’ experience Heywood says it’s built up extensive knowledge and expertise in the production of quality engineered wood flooring.

‘This passionate family-run business continues to offer an above-average wide range of products, particularly for the middle and higher market segments,’ says the company.

‘We have an extensive range consisting of several unique collections that...

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XPS Foam
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XPS Foam

XPS Foam says it’s the only UK manufacturer of XPS underlay, manufacturing from fully recycled materials. Using what it describes as the very latest technology in extrusion, thermoforming and recycling processes, XPS Foam offers a range of underlays compatible with a range of floorcoverings including wood, laminate, vinyl and LVT.

XPS Foam’s 3mm Premier Underlay is reportedly suitable for use...

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Grace Vivid from Bona
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Grace Vivid from Bona

GRACE Vivid is a new ‘Bona Inspiration’ floor style – created using the company’s brushing system to highlight the character of the floor’s surface, then finished using colours, oil and hard wax oil treatments from Bona’s oil system.

There are 17 customised styles in ‘Bona Inspiration’, ranging from natural brights to liquorice black, and each has been designed to appeal to homeowners or...

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Junckers and National Gallery of Ireland
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Junckers and National Gallery of Ireland

JUNCKERS solid oak Herringbone flooring has been installed at the National Gallery of Ireland as part of extensive refurbishment works.

Architects Henegan Peng’s brief to provide a more accessible route through the collections has resulted in an elegant and historically sensitive upgrade for the Gallery.

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Monarfloor Tranquility
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Monarfloor Tranquility

NOISE nuisance in the form of low frequency impact transmission in party and intermediate floors can be a real issue, which can be greatly amplified once hard floorcoverings have been installed. With the trend for laminate and timber floors, various UK studies show a clear correlation between such flooring and neighbourhood complaints.

Approved Document E of the Building Regulations (ADE)...

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Swiss Krono Flooring
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Swiss Krono Flooring

SWISS Krono Flooring says its high-quality, robust laminate floors are made from sustainable wood.

‘High-quality wood is the basic material for Swiss Krono laminate floors,’ it says. ‘Our innovative laminate technology ensures stylish flooring covers that leave nothing to be desired in terms of care, resistance and indoor climate.’

The large main collection from Menznau includes 100 decorative...

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Interfloor specialist underlays
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Interfloor specialist underlays

INTERFLOOR says its specialist underlays for wood and laminate flooring offer some of the best noise reducing performance in the industry. The Duralay Timbermate range includes the sponge rubber Timbermate Excel and Silentfloor Gold, ‘a premium underlay with a 53 SONE rating, plus the hardwearing Duratex’.

Tests show in-room acoustics can worsen if inferior or lightweight underlays are used with...

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Havwoods’ Magna magnetic fit system
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Havwoods’ Magna magnetic fit system

HAVWOODS says it’s launching Magna – Magnetic Flooring soon. Describing it as the latest innovation in raised-access flooring, Magna’s magnetic fit system offers what Havwoods says is a versatile solution for installation in multi-purpose commercial premises, providing accessibility to underfloor services that cannot otherwise be installed in wall cavities.

Magna’s magnetised and foam-sealed wood ...

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Heinrich Krueger + Sohn
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Heinrich Krueger + Sohn

HEINRICH Krueger + Sohn (HKS), based in northwest Germany, says it relies on experience gathered since its founding in 1835. ‘Our core competence is our European produced engineered oak flooring brand Krügers and Manufacture Deluxe,’ it adds.

‘The Krügers range offers the highest possible flexibility for you. A range of possible widths (120-300mm) with a maximum length of 2,800mm. Standard...

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Haro Disano
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Haro Disano

WITH the introduction of its Disano Saphir, Disano Project and Disano Smart Aqua, HARO says it’s significantly expanding its design floor expertise. Whether as 2mm sheet-ware for gluedown installation (Project), 5mm thick waterproof solid plastic version with click connection (Saphir) or 6 or 9mm variant with HDF coreboard suitable for installation in wet areas (Classic Aqua, Smart Aqua), HARO’s...

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CMS Danskin Acoustics
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CMS Danskin Acoustics

CMS Danskin Acoustics has launched Regupol Regubond 100 as a specially formulated adhesive solution for the Regupol 4515 and 3912 ranges of acoustic underlayments, in a move that the company says will provide flooring contractors with access to a manufacturer-backed flooring system.

As a solvent-free, water-borne synthetic polymer-based adhesive, Regupol Regubond 100 is formulated in a...

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Kährs’ 'French Pattern'
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Kährs’ 'French Pattern'

KAHRS has introduced a new timeless 'French Pattern' hard flooring design, in two ‘luxurious tones’, to its range of sustainable wood floors.

‘The classic design features a modern twist - an engineered plank format which improves install time and efficiency in comparison to a traditional 'French Pattern' floor,’ says the company.

It adds: ‘With a modern engineered format, the new designs can be ...

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Gerflor & OSE Lions Basketball
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Gerflor & OSE Lions Basketball

1891, the first basketball game was played at Springfield College in the US. It was the brainchild of Doctor James Naismith, who was handed the task of making up an indoor game that snow-bound children could play.

In short, he wanted to wear out some rowdy kids during the harsh New England winters. Naismith fixed two peach baskets to a wall, documented the 13 original rules, and a global sport...

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Stroolmount solutions
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Stroolmount solutions

‘YOU plan. You design. You install. You worry about every little detail to ensure it’s perfect. Now you can protect your investment in flooring and furniture with cost-effective ideas from solutions specialist Stroolmount,’ says the company.

Peace of mind protection pays dividends says Stroolmount’s Gill Finch: ‘We save architects, designers and refurbishers thousands in costly repairs,...

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IDS
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IDS

THE newly updated Faus brand of laminate flooring, distributed by IDS, offers 17 stone, ceramic and woodgrain designs. The range reportedly combines design realism with easy installation, making it a suitable choice for the domestic and commercial applications.

Faus is said to be suitable for use with underfloor heating, is flame and abrasion resistant, water repellent and achieves Class 33 for...

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Tritty 200 Aqua from Haro
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Tritty 200 Aqua from Haro

WITH the Tritty 200 Aqua, Haro says it’s extending its laminate floor range. The new range is ‘an all-rounder that’s especially appealing to the eye and durable underfoot – and is suitable for installation in the kitchen or bathroom’.

Laminate floors, says Haro, have made a name for themselves primarily because of the beautiful wood styles. ‘This is probably the simplest installation system and...

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Stepping up the style
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Stepping up the style

WITH trends changing so rapidly, it’s often hard for contractors to stay clued up on all the design options available, while still ensuring these designs offer long-lasting durability and high quality for clients.

With the style of flooring selected for a project often making or breaking a final design, it’s vital contractors keep up-to-date with the latest trend-led flooring options, and choose...

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‘High performance flowing floor screed for fast, longer-lasting floors’
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‘High performance flowing floor screed for fast, longer-lasting floors’

FOR domestic applications, commercial kitchens and food production areas requiring the highest levels of hygiene and maintenance, the fast and efficient benefits of pump-applied weberfloor 4310 fibre flow floor screed by Saint-Gobain Weber provides the ultimate solution, says the company.

This fibre-modified material is formulated from special cements, aggregates, supplementary binders and...

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Installation of the month

Gradus gets to work at steel city house

GRADUS has provided a range of flooring accessories to enhance the interior and provide safe access for users at Steel City House, Sheffield. Spread over 63,000sq ft, the development offers new facilities, set within a building steeped with heritage ...

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News Story

It’s about getting paid as quickly as possible

HI, Jamie, I’m at the pub already, are you finished yet? Oh, great, I’ll see you when you get here, then. What took you so long? Yeah? I had a full…

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News Story

NEW WEBSITE FOR CONREN

CONREN has launched its website: www.conren.com. The focus of the new website has been to improve the format to make it even easier to source the…

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News Story

APPOINTMENTS AND PROMOTIONS

CONICA has added to its team by appointing JAMES WRIGHT as commercial director. James’ key initial focus will be to further build the UK and Irish…

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Editor's Blog

Woodpecker on trends

WOODPECKER FLOORING elaborates on trends in commercial flooring and explains why real wood is for real people.

While durability remains a top priority when it comes to flooring for commercial spaces, many businesses today do see their floors as an...

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Training

Add some power to your toolbox!

Brian King provides some insight on one of the most useful tools in the floor fitters arsenal

I know I keep banging on about power stretchers and some of you are probably sick of hearing about it, but I still get a lot of people ringing me up or messaging me asking for advice on how to use them. They have definitely become more popular and those who have purchased one tend to have nothing but good things to say about them! The most common...

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Contractor Profiles

All in the details

Beverley McFarlane provides insight into the history of Loughton Contracts, one of the UK’s most successful commercial flooring contractors, and describes the unexpected challenges of floor installation

Established in the late ‘80s, Loughton Contracts has grown into the UK’s largest commercial flooring contractor with a turnover now in excess of £30m per annum.

Employing over 90 people, like many companies in the flooring industry, Loughton...

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Point of View

Why some contractors don’t get paid

Here are a few thoughts based on 28 years of resolving payment problems for sub-contractors

LIFE would be much simpler if you did the work, sent in your application and received your payment in full and on time.
But, the reality is that, as a specialist subcontractor working for main contractors rather than end users, you’ll often find your works aren’t being valued properly by the contractor’s QS and you’re not getting paid what you expected.

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Help and Advice

Working with plywood

To the untrained eye, there’s little to distinguish different pieces of plywood. But, if you compare flooring grade plywood to another grade, side-by-side, you’ll see the difference says Mark Ellis.

PLYWOOD must be one of the oldest building materials around. It was invented back in 1865 and since the late ‘20s it’s been commonly used as a building material. Who’d have thought this humble staple could have evolved so much?

Advances in...

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CFA Comments

CFA Brexit update

Richard Catt comments on the ongoing conversation around Brexit and its inevitable impact on the flooring industry

If there is one thing that seems...

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