Finishes, sealants & vanishes - Junckers
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Finishes, sealants & vanishes - Junckers

JUNCKERS Strong Premium lacquer has reportedly been improved and tested for a full 12 months, ensuring ‘it performs impeccably in all weather conditions’. Strong Premium is said to be Junckers’ most advanced single-pack lacquer suitable for high traffic residential and commercial floors.

Replacing Junckers’ Strong and Strong Plus lacquers, Strong Premium with improved durability has quickly...

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Finishes, sealants & vanishes - Bona
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Finishes, sealants & vanishes - Bona

BONA Inspiration is a collection of floor-styles all created using oils and lacquers from Bona’s range of wood floor finishes.

Introduced to consumers last year, there are 17 customised styles in the collection ranging from natural brights to liquorice black, and each has been designed to appeal to homeowners or designers looking to totally transform the look of an existing wood floor or to avoid ...

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Finishes, sealants & vanishes - Kerakoll
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Finishes, sealants & vanishes - Kerakoll

WHEN laying a hardwood floor that hasn’t been pre-sealed or to refurbish an existing floor, Kerakoll’s Slc Eco Aqua-Pur HPX is claimed to be ‘the perfect product, enabling to help you achieve an extremely hardwearing finish which stands up to high levels of wear-and-tear’.

This two-component water-based varnish for hardwood floors reportedly allows for a shorter application time owing to its two...

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Finishes, sealants & vanishes - LTP
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Finishes, sealants & vanishes - LTP

LTP’s Ecoprotec range is claimed to provide trusted protection and maintenance solutions for the contract flooring sector. Treatments are said to benefit from the most advanced research in water-based technology and combine ‘high performance with low odour and low VOC formulations’.

They’re designed to care for tile and stone surfaces – inside and outdoors – and are developed and manufactured by...

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Flooring in healthcare - Uzin
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Flooring in healthcare - Uzin

BY adopting a Uzin system over 2,000sq m of flooring was renovated without having to close the Starlight Children’s Ward in Wythenshawe Hospital.

Wythenshawe Hospital provides hospital services and community services across South Manchester and beyond. The Starlight Children’s Unit at the hospital provides care for children aged 0-16 needing a hospital stay for medical treatment or surgery.

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Flooring in healthcare - F Ball & Co
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Flooring in healthcare - F Ball & Co

F BALL’s Stopgap 300 HD heavy-duty levelling compound is said to be suitable for use in areas that will be subject to high traffic and heavy loads. It’s also protein- and latex-free. Together, these properties make it suitable for undertaking flooring installations in heavily trafficked, biologically sensitive settings, such as hospital wards and corridors.

‘Stopgap 300 HD has excellent...

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Flooring in healthcare - Gerflor (1)
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Flooring in healthcare - Gerflor (1)

THERE’s no doubt cleaning plays an essential part in helping reduce the risk of infection in hospitals, and providing a clean, safe environment for patients and visitors is a now a priority for hospitals and medical facilities. The fight against infection is an ongoing crusade which is always taken seriously by quality flooring manufacturers.

Gerflor says it’s well-established in the healthcare...

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Flooring in healthcare - BAL Adhesives
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Flooring in healthcare - BAL Adhesives

BAL’s Easypoxy AG epoxy adhesive and grout are said to make floor tiling easy in hygienic areas such as hospitals. They are for walls and floors and are said to be chemical-resistant and solvent-free and protect against the build-up of bacteria.

Available in white, black and grey, it’s new formulation provides end-users with an epoxy that’s claimed to be much easier to mix, apply and clean-off...

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Hospitality & leisure - F Ball & Co
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Hospitality & leisure - F Ball & Co

FOR hospitality and leisure facilities, subfloor preparation products should complement high quality floorcoverings to achieve an aesthetically-pleasing finish, while also having the strength to withstand footfall over a long period of time. Its therefore imperative optimum floor preparation products are used in order to deliver long-lasting, high quality floors.

Such was reportedly the case at...

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Hospitality & leisure - Junckers
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Hospitality & leisure - Junckers

A LARGE expanse of Junckers’ solid hardwood flooring has been installed in the Paul Hamlyn Hall at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. The light-filled space is the suitable partner for the dark grey Spicy Pepper Oak floor, adding an elegant backdrop to the smart interior.

The glass-and-iron structure was originally built as a flower market and now houses a restaurant and champagne bar, where...

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Hospitality & leisure - Shaw Contract
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Hospitality & leisure - Shaw Contract

SHAW Hospitality, which says it’s a design leader in flooring solutions and surfaces, has introduced Synchronize, a custom carpet collection.

This collection is said to be an innovation created with Canvas, Shaw Hospitality’s new dye-injection technology, to produce reportedly for the first time a custom, largescale carpet tile with ‘a distinctive aesthetic unlike any other flooring product on...

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Hospitality & leisure - Amtico
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Hospitality & leisure - Amtico

WHEN Tenpin decided to reconfigure the layout of its leisure complex in Hounslow and embark on a complete refurbishment, it needed practical flooring that could cope with a high level of footfall, and Amtico reportedly proved to be ‘the perfect choice’.

The Amtico Signature collection was used in the approach to the bowling lanes to direct the player to the game, while also making the bowlers’...

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Hospitality & leisure - Treadsure
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Hospitality & leisure - Treadsure

A NEW floor-safety, risk assessment service which identifies potential slip and fall hazards and provides full reports, expert advice and practical help if required for their prevention, has been introduced by Arkad Health & Safety, producers of ‘TREADSURETM’ the flooring traction enhancement solution.

An independent, professional slip-testing inspection checks if businesses or owners of any...

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Subfloors & screeds - Saint-Gobain Weber
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Subfloors & screeds - Saint-Gobain Weber

FLOORING products by Saint-Gobain Weber have been specified in the second phase of the regeneration of the buildings surrounding the Grade 1 listed Heckington Windmill in Sleaford, Lincolnshire. This is the only working example of an eight-sailed windmill in the country and is a local landmark amid the Lincolnshire fens.

Built in 1830, and now owned by Lincolnshire County Council, the six-storey...

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Subfloors & screeds - Tilemaster Adhesives
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Subfloors & screeds - Tilemaster Adhesives

TILEMASTER Adhesives’ range includes 11 self-levelling and smoothing compounds in formulations to reportedly suit all types of substrate, flooring material and project time-frames. All products are manufactured in Leyland, Lancashire and have been designed to help solve daily challenges faced by flooring contractors and tile fixers.

Many subfloors require a fast-drying self-levelling and...

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Subfloors & screeds - Kerakoll UK
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Subfloors & screeds - Kerakoll UK

KERACEM Eco is a hydraulic binder for what is described as high-performance screeds and heat-radiant slabs, which produces screeds that are said to be compatible with any type of finished flooring including hardwood, resilient materials, PVC, carpets, ceramic tiles and natural stone.

It’s a standard set product, reportedly with improved workability and a pot-life of up to three hours. However,...

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Subfloors & screeds - F Ball & Co
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Subfloors & screeds - F Ball & Co

FASTER drying times and the speed at which they can be applied over large areas has seen the rise in popularity of calcium sulphate (or anhydrite) screed subfloors, especially in newbuilds. When installing new floorcoverings over such screeds, it’s essential to take the time to assess the condition of the subfloor and suitably prepare it, before choosing a compatible levelling compound.

As with ...

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Subfloors & screeds - Tremco
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Subfloors & screeds - Tremco

SAID to be suitable for overlaying existing surfaces such as tiles or flooring grade mastic asphalt, Tremco SX100 Renovation Screed has been developed to speed the installation of new floorcoverings, including carpets, vinyl and timber systems in refurbishment applications.

‘Supplied in 25kg plastic lined sacks, the grey powder incorporates special fibres to reinforce the screed and provide...

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Subfloors & screeds - UltraFloor
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Subfloors & screeds - UltraFloor

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 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 smoothing...

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Fire, fury and philanthropy
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Fire, fury and philanthropy

How charitable flooring companies helped ease the pain of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

IT was just before 1am on 14 June 2017 when a fire broke out in the 24-storey Grenfell Tower block of flats in North Kensington, West London.

By the time it had devastated the building, 70 people were dead while a further two died in hospital. More than 70 others were injured and 223 escaped.

Before the fire,...

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The Grenfell tower fire, explained
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The Grenfell tower fire, explained

GRENFELL Tower was first designed in 1967 by architecture practice Clifford Wearden and Associates, in the Brutalist style popularised during the era, and built between 1972-1974 by main contractor A E Symes.  

Shortly after the building’s opening, it began to be referred to as the ‘Moroccan Tower’, in reference to the high proportion of renters from the local Moroccan immigrant community.  

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Installation of the month

Harvey Maria’s 'authentic woods' chosen for Gould Barbers chain

HARVEY MARIA says its authentic wood effects have been fitted in Gould Barbers locations at 18 Tesco stores across the UK. Installed by Norfolk-based Featherby Flooring, the family-owned barbers is said to offer a traditional barber shop experience...

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News Story

Weber rewards loyalty scheme ‘is now even better’

LAUNCHED almost a decade ago, the Weber Rewards loyalty scheme for professional tilers has received a what Weber calls well-earned makeover. The…

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News Story

BAL Board accepted by NHBC

BAL Board, which is described as ‘a strong lightweight tile backing board’ has reportedly been accepted as an approved building product on NHBC…

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News Story

New collections from Designer Contracts

AS the trend for stylish, hard flooring options continues to grow, Designer Contracts, which describes itself as the UK’s largest flooring…

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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

Welcome to the exhibition whirlwind

Shaun Wadsworth looks back at his first 10 months as CFA training manager, with particular focus on exhibitions and shows.

I’M fast approaching 10 months as CFA and Fita training manager and to say those months have flown by is an understatement. But what has aided me in ensuring I settle into the job role smoothly is the help and guidance I’ve received from various sources.

This ranges from my peers at the CFA, NICF and Fita who’re always...

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Contractor Profiles

Sawston carpets and flooring

Sawston Carpets and Flooring was incorporated in 2004 and has grown into a successful, established retailer and contractor in the 15 years since. Jackie Sharp, director of Sawston, tells CFJ she believes there’s still a lot of scope to go further.

Prior to starting Sawston, Jackie’s personal career journey gave her a solid base of knowledge in both retail and flooring. This meant when the opportunity arose for her to begin her own business, she ...

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Point of View

Wrong said Fred

As a specialist contractor, you’re sometimes going to get things wrong. But please don't get it as wrong as Fred (not his real name) did

OVER the years I’ve worked with enough specialist contractors to know most don't get it this wrong, but regrettably an awful lot do. So, I thought it worth sharing this true story to illustrate a few very important points:

  • you need to know exactly who it is you’re actually contracting with
  • you need to get...

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Help and Advice

Bearing the load: floorboard insulation

Following on from his article in our February edition on correct insulation specification, Rob Firman looks at loadbearing performance and compressive strength in more detail.

AFTER discussing the different types of insulation material commonly specified in ground floor constructions in my last article, we explained why it’s important not to assume all insulation performs the same way – with regard to thermal performance and loadbearing...

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CFA Comments

Let the majority roar!

Are you one of the 96% who ‘gets it’? asks Richard Catt, referring to the percentage of CFA members that have retained membership in the past year.

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