Highfields Primary School and F Ball
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Highfields Primary School and F Ball

F BALL & CO’s Styccobond F74 flooring adhesive has been used by contractors at B&P Flooring in Basford to adhere artificial grass to the walkway outside Highfields Primary School in Alsager, Stoke-on-Trent.

The use of F Ball’s moisture curing adhesive is said to have created a safe and aesthetically pleasing floor finish for the school.

A ramped walkway leading to the nursery building at…

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Tilemaster LevelFlex supplied by DHS
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Tilemaster LevelFlex supplied by DHS

TILEMASTER LevelFlex has been supplied by DHS at Alderney Community Sports Centre (ACSC) – the Channel Island’s first swimming pool and gym facility, which is being crowd-funded.

The facility is the result of huge funding efforts by the Island’s residents, local businesses, sponsors and donors; with Patron Duncan Goodhew MBE giving the ‘Swim Alderney’ campaign extra impetus.

So far, more than £6…

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Unique Bathrooms & Tiles and UltraTile
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Unique Bathrooms & Tiles and UltraTile

ANOTHER tiling installation has been completed between Unique Bathrooms & Tiles and UltraTile. This longstanding partnership reportedly has a large back catalogue of projects and Unique Bathrooms & Tiles is said to now only use UltraTile materials for its work.

Porcelain tiles were fixed to the walls and floors in this bathroom using sister adhesives, ProFlex SP and ProFlex SP+ES. Both bo…

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Norcros’ 4 into 1 grout range
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Norcros’ 4 into 1 grout range

NORCROS Adhesives is relaunching its 4 into 1 grout range with what the company describes as new improved formulations, colours, packaging and marketing support.

Norcros says its 4 into 1 Grouts & Sealants range has established itself in recent years as a leading range on the market, ‘known for technical excellence and ease of use, so the relaunch will be of considerable interest both to fixe…

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BAL Supercover Rapidset floor-and-wall tile adhesive
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BAL Supercover Rapidset floor-and-wall tile adhesive

BAL Supercover Rapidset floor-and-wall tile adhesive is said by the company to provide contractors with outstanding cost and time savings owing to what is described as its ‘unique high-yield formulation’.

Going 60% further versus standard adhesive coverage, Supercover Rapidset is said to provide typical coverage of .96sq m per kg and quick-drying capabilities – suitable for grouting after two hou…

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Bona has launched Bona Titan
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Bona has launched Bona Titan

BONA has launched Bona Titan, a performance, silane-based adhesive that offers contractors a suitable bonding solution for oversized, solid boards, high value projects or installations where the quality of the bond must be guaranteed.

Bona Titan contains titanium technology, a new formula comprising quadruple crosslinking that’s said to deliver superior durability and an ‘unbeatable initial bond …

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Nicobond Rapidflex Adhesive
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Nicobond Rapidflex Adhesive

N&C NICOBOND offers total flooring solutions for all its tiling needs, regardless of the type of substrate with which you’re working, says the company.

‘Nicobond Rapidflex Adhesive is incredibly popular for the tiling professional, for fixing ceramic wall or floor tiles, porcelain, mosaic and natural stones in interior or exterior situations where a resilient bond is required,’ says the compa…

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F555 from floorwise
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F555 from floorwise

F555 is the latest all-purpose flooring adhesive to join the floorwise adhesive stable, suitable for the permanent bonding of carpets and vinyls, the company says.

It explains: ‘This water-based acrylic adhesive offers exceptional initial grab, and is sure to provide a durable bond on the installer’s first attempt. floorwise F555 is also capable of withstanding significant fluctuations in room te…

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Bostik has launched Bostik Roll
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Bostik has launched Bostik Roll

BOSTIK has launched Bostik Roll, a solvent-free adhesive strip that’s been designed for the fast installation of skirting and other floor- or wall-mounted accessories.

Said to be an effective alternative to water- and solvent-based adhesives, Bostik Roll provides a quick stick when fitting all types of skirting, including when forming a cove, the company says. It can also be used to fit protectiv…

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Norcros Adhesives
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Norcros Adhesives

NORCROS Adhesives says it will speed up tiling on to green screeds with its latest system solution.

Pro Gyp-Base Fast Track Sealer greatly reduces the minimum drying times normally applicable for anhydrite (calcium sulfate) screeds, the company claims. The new product comprises a three-stage preparation system for fixing ceramic and porcelain tiles on to screeded surfaces.

It’s sold as a kit co…

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13 products from Tilemaster
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13 products from Tilemaster

TILEMASTER’s flooring and tile adhesive range has been developed to help solve challenges faced by flooring contractors and tilers.

In direct response to customer feedback, the tile adhesives range now includes 13 products that are said to promote a fast and easy installation, and provide lasting quality and performance.

Manufactured by the family business in Lancashire, the Tilemaster range inc…

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Altro and Kungshults nursing home
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Altro and Kungshults nursing home

MORE than 1,200sq m of Altro Aquarius has been installed in the bathrooms of the 72 apartments in the Kungshults nursing home in Helsingborg, Sweden.

Altro Aquarius is a specialist safety flooring developed for use in wet and dry environments, providing optimum slip-resistance for shoe and bare foot use for the lifetime of the flooring, and a colour range suitable for creating home from home envi…

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Gerflor and Pacific Care
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Gerflor and Pacific Care

WE’RE all staying older for longer, and in much better health it seems. In the UK, most of the long-term care for older people is provided by nursing homes.

The overarching ethos in nursing homes is that they’re places where people with complex health needs live; it’s their home, and quality of life matters as do their surroundings and the very environment they enjoy every day.

About 416,000 peo…

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Polyflor Specialist Care brochure
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Polyflor Specialist Care brochure

POLYFLOR has recently launched a new Specialist Care brochure to present some new dementia-friendly flooring principles developed in collaboration with the University of Salford’s School of the Built Environment.

These new principles pinpoint how specifiers can select flooring for care homes and healthcare environments that’s dementia-friendly and along with suitable lighting and signage can cont…

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Uzin and Farrow Court
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Uzin and Farrow Court

FARROW Court is one of Ashford's older sheltered housing schemes. Planning permission was granted to redevelop the site to provide a new dementia-friendly facility comprising a much larger day centre for use by the local community as well as the residents of Farrow Court.

Oxden Floors were contracted to supply and install floor coverings to 33 flats and communal areas totalling 4000 square metres…

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Forbo and Erskine Court
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Forbo and Erskine Court

FORBO Flooring Systems says it’s played a vital role in delivering a bright, healthy and hygienic environment for the residents of Erskine Court, a new ‘housing with care’ facility for the over-55s, one of the first of its kind in southern England.

Said to have been attracted by Forbo’s extensive range of colourful and practical floorcoverings, Design Consultant Alex Salway from Daring Design UK …

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The orange revolution
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The orange revolution

A showcase of some of the most striking orange flooring the industry has to offer

P   OLYFLOR’s Norwegian branch (Polyflor Nordic) supplied Kongsgårdmoen Skole primary school in Kongsberg, Norway with 4,260sq m of Pearlazzo PUR homogeneous sheet vinyl flooring in a total of eight bold and vibrant shades, including the orange Autumn Fire shade.

Said to be hardwearing and easy to maintain Pearlazzo …

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UCEM and Interface
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UCEM and Interface

UNIVERSITY College of Estate Management (UCEM) has created one of the most sustainable educational buildings in the UK, with support from modular flooring specialist and sustainability champion, Interface.

The new ‘Horizons’ headquarters in Reading has been carefully renovated to make the space as sustainable as possible. When planning the refurbishment of the space, the institution wanted to tr…

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Fila Hydrorep Eco
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Fila Hydrorep Eco

FILA has introduced a water-repellent protector to its Green Line. Fila Hydrorep Eco is a solvent-free treatment for outdoor surfaces, from stone pavers to exposed brick walls. It protects against water, weathering and efflorescence, without altering appearance, and hampers the build-up of algae, moulds and lichen.

Fila Hydrorep Eco is a ready-to-use one-coat treatment that can be applied over re…

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Kerakoll UK range
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Kerakoll UK range

THE progressive replacement of the chemical products used in buildings with products that have low environmental impact is destined to transform the construction market, including the tiling industry and have a profound effect on the design of new buildings and renovations of existing real estate, making room for new partners and superior standards in terms of environmental impact and new benefits…

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Kährs wood floor designs
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Kährs wood floor designs

KäHRS’ range includes more than 140 wood floor designs, crafted from sustainable timber and featuring a nature-friendly construction. Designs span from traditional one-strip boards – with solvent-free lacquer or oil pre-finishes - to on-trend colour-stained designs, with tactile finishing treatments.

Commitment to the environment is reflected throughout Kährs production, the company says, from it…

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Polyflor Sustainability Report
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Polyflor Sustainability Report

POLYFLOR says it’s fully committed to producing sustainable flooring, ensuring sustainability at every step of a product’s lifecycle.

Polyflor’s 12th annual Sustainability Report is now available online and gives a detailed account of its sustainability performance for 2016. The 88-page annual report covers Polyflor’s environmental credentials, explains how its vinyl is a sustainable flooring op…

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John Lewis and Anglo Recycling
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John Lewis and Anglo Recycling

JOHN LEWIS has reinforced its support for carpet recycling by featuring a video on its main website (https://www.johnlewis.com/john-lewis-upcycled-felt-and-rubber-underlay-137cm-width/p2401205) of how it works alongside underlay supplier, Anglo Recycling, to take its carpet fitters’ offcuts, that used to go to landfill, and make them into an underlay.

John Lewis says it’s always been a big suppo…

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Higher density underlays from floorwise
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Higher density underlays from floorwise

TO give homeowners better recovery and long-term durability from their underlay choice, floorwise says it’s upgraded some of its most popular PU underlays with ‘new and improved’ higher densities.

The company says Prima (8mm) and Lusso (10mm) have been improved with 18% more foam, upgraded from medium density to high density. ‘High-performance’ Lift (7mm) and Tread (9mm) are said to be now even m…

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Ntgrate woven vinyl flooring from  Quadrant
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Ntgrate woven vinyl flooring from Quadrant

NTGRATE woven vinyl flooring from Quadrant is available with Whisper, an acoustic backing that can reportedly reduce impact sound by 22dB, making spaces ‘quieter as well as more beautiful’.

Whisper equipped floors, whether tile or sheet, are still just as practical as original Ntgrate, says Quadrant. Reportedly standing up to wear, scratch-resistant and needing simple maintenance to keep looking…

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Four collections from Itec
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Four collections from Itec

ITEC Contract Floors says it provides installers with a single source for their acoustic flooring needs, suitable for those searching for a smart, sound-reducing choice in education and student accommodation environments.

Itec’s acoustic flooring stable is split into four collections: Optimise Timber, Silento Timber and Silento Design, available for immediate delivery in the UK, and the special o…

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Acoustic range from Amtico
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Acoustic range from Amtico

AMTICO has introduced its Acoustic collection which it describes as a high-performance sound reduction backing suitable for residential properties such as flats.

This product is said to have an additional backing layer which works to reduce sound that would otherwise travel to space underneath. Unlike other acoustic LVT products, it’s available across all standard tiles and planks in Amtico’s Sig…

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Independent tests for Granorte
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Independent tests for Granorte

GRANORTE has commissioned two third-party organisations to independently test its product, ‘proving that cork is one of the leading flooring choices for acoustics, thermal insulation, comfort and shock absorption’.
First to be tested were Granorte’s acoustic credentials, a task carried out by EPH, a certification body that focuses on woodwork, plastics and craft.

The results, says the company, sho…

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Interfloor: highest density PU underlay range
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Interfloor: highest density PU underlay range

INTERFLOOR says it’s launching its highest density PU underlay range in response to market demand for firmer and more luxurious products suitable for use in all areas of the home.

The three products in the new premium high density (PHD) range are all 180kg/m³ and are claimed to offer superior protection for carpets that’s longer lasting and better performing as well having impressive ‘green’ cred…

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Gerflor and the housing sector
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Gerflor and the housing sector

ENSURING we live in a quieter world is bound to be appealing to most specifiers as the demand for a muted environment seems to be increasingly the trend.

Noise means stress, and can even be a contributing factor to illness. Prolonged high noise levels can lead to severe health problems like headaches, lack of sleep, and poor concentration not to mention some levels of unacceptable social behaviou…

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Jumpax from Unifloor
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Jumpax from Unifloor

UNIFLOOR says fast and versatile Jumpax fast-track floor prep principle is a popular and successful underlay system.

This is because the flooring market is moving more and more towards resilient dry back finished floorcoverings such as LVT, PVC and vinyl, the company adds.

It says: ‘Jumpax is a unique and highly versatile underlay, instantly producing a perfect, stable surface for stuck-down flo…

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New LVT collections for Expona
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New LVT collections for Expona

With a total of 75 designs added to these updated collections, the Expona Commercial luxury vinyl tile collection and the Expona Simplay range of loose lay luxury vinyl tiles are designed to bring style and robust performance to high traffic commercial interiors in the retail, leisure, office, education and healthcare sectors, says Polyflor.

The Expona Commercial range now features 80 wood, stone…

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Installation of the month

Chateau gets makeover

A RANGE of Tilemaster products has been used as part of an extensive tiling project, by Westerhope Tile Centre, at Le Petit Chateau in Northumberland.

The French country manor is an exclusive wedding venue with 31 boutique hotel rooms, bars, lounges, ceremony and function rooms.

A range of stone, ceramic and porcelain surfaces feature throughout and complement the ‘shabby chic’ design.

They inc…

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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

A bow to our sponsors

A fantastic range of sponsors’ prizes was awarded to CFJ/CFA Flooring Apprentice of the Year winner Alistair Craig from Lynas Carpets, says Mick O’Flynn

T HIS year Alistair Craig who works for Lynas Carpets in Lanarkshire was the deserving winner of the CFJ/CFA Flooring Apprentice of the Year competition.

Alistair was absolutely delighted with the massive range of prizes including tools, equipment, products and a £500 cheque received from the competition’s sponsors who included manufacturers, distributors, suppliers and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).

The team of judges agreed Alistair’s competition entry was outstanding, covering everything they were looking for; the cas…

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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

Avoid a dog’s Brexit

What a hung parliament means for the furniture industry

NOW the dust has settled on the election, the British Furniture Confederation (BFC) is bracing itself to work with the newly formed government on behalf of the furniture and furnishing sector.

In the run up to the election, the BFC published an analysis of each of the party manifestos and compared them to our Furniture Industry Manifesto, which was issued late last year.

Coupled with this was our response to the Industrial Strategy Green Paper, published last April. Both documents sought to inform politicians by identifying the challenges facing the industry in the short-to-medium term. They pinpointed areas where government can wor…

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Help and Advice

Like it or lump it

Sid Bourne was intrigued by flooring that seemed to be infected with chicken pox. Here’s the story…

I WAS called out to inspect LVT flooring installed in a retail store. The complaint was that there were large gaps and - believe it or not - what was described as little lumps everywhere.

The contractor in this case was adamant the retail store was being too fussy and that the LVT they’d installed was superior to any other product currently being sold on the market. They stated this was a new LVT with special powers and was able to be installed on any subfloor type or condition. I thought: this, I must see!

I was sent to inspect as a single joint expert by the court. On arrival, I was met b…

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