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Why the correct surface prep is the key to outstanding flooring

Given that correct surface preparation is key to obtaining beautiful flooring, Claude Besson explains the...

Moisture behaving badly

Richard Renouf elaborates on the updated British Standard code of practice for the management of...

Flooring is exciting! (Now to persuade the youth…)

Getting younger generations involved in flooring is a challenge, says Martin Cummins. But we must...

Combatting racism in the workplace

No sector, including construction and floorlaying, can afford to ignore discrimination in the workplace –...

Raising the level

In a break from the usual technical advice format, John Green explains how to raise...

Sales and marketing: Not all that again!

Sales pushes while marketing persuades. And people don’t like to be pushed. They like to...

It’s time to man up about male floorlayers and mental health

Men often think they don’t need to talk about their problems. But, as Brian relates...
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Let’s talk about wet-room flooring

With a growing trend for wet-rooms in the commercial sector, choosing an appropriate wet-room solution...
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Why the end-user needs to get that missing link

Sid Bourne returns to express his frustration at the problems that arise when customers aren’t...

A point to prove

Richard Renouf is encouraged, while dealing with a recent carpet complaint, to hear someone thinking...

Be wary of wayward installations in winter weather

It may be getting colder but you should carry out your work only in accordance...

Thriving under pressure

Owing to innovations in adhesives technology, high performance, pressure-sensitive formulations are available with a range...

Get your site team onboard from Day One

Engaging your team is hugely important for the success of your company, says Barry Ashmore....

Flooring for the good of human health

As the design of healthcare environments transitions away from stereotypical clinical aesthetics to warmer, more...

The ins-and-outs of solid wood flooring

Richard Aylen takes an in-depth look at how clients can have very different perceptions of...

Cyber and data risks take the floor

Paul Fernandes explains why the flooring industry needs to understand the threats posed by cyber...

Volume versus weight

Stephen Boulton weighs in on the sticky subject of adhesives and considering how much product...
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Blending the boundaries between work and home

While people going back to the office is a positive move, the physical design of...
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Don’t stop at the door

OUTSIDE areas have become so important in all walks of life - providing an extension...

Antimicrobial action for all floor types

Antimicrobial technology can be incorporated into various flooring types to complement regular disinfection routines for...

Expert, reporting for duty

Even experts are challenged on their qualifications. Richard Renouf relates a story in which his...

Designing flooring with care in mind

Seeing as others see is key to designing flooring for those who suffer from dementia,...

When a plan comes together: How a team effort still brings the best results

Martin Cummins provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the challenges faced by the CFA as it...

Pause for this clause

Karen Mason provides invaluable advice about how to agree a suitable break clause during aperiod...

Plan it, manage it, nail it

Barry Ashmore talks about how a properly planned and managed marketing process can bring sales...

Sensing the pressure: perusing the plethora of possibilities with PS

Martin give his perspective on PS from a technical point-of-view, while also understanding the contractors’...

Design without the Fuss

Scott looks at the popularity of design floors and how manufacturers are meeting the need...
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Strike while the iron is hot

If you’re a business owner who despairs at how Covid-19 and Brexit have upended your...

Repurposing of floors and the circular economy

Richard tackles the subject of repurposing, a type of recycling that offers many environmental benefits,...
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Of prime importance

Priming can be the difference between a successful flooring installation and complete floor failure. Chris...

One version, another version – and then the truth

Richard argues that it isn’t his responsibility to work out who’s telling the truth –...

Set-off and contras

In many cases, says Barry, the veiled threat of adjudication is enough to cause a...
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Installation 101: made for modular

Garry focuses on fully bonded or tackified modular products – with the purpose of highlighting...

Installation done properly Fit the Room to the Floor and the Floor to the Room

Mark looks at the importance of fitting the correct flooring in the correct environment. Installing the...

A better future for LVT with Loose-Lay

Alison looks at the challenge at the end-of-life of luxury vinyl tiles (LVT) and how...
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My one golden tip: test for damp!

Time and again, we’ve seen a damp subfloor causes floors to fail. Regardless of the...
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The dangers of going cheap

Sid Bourne was incredulous when, while attending a complaint, the consumer told him she chose...

The correct adhesive is key to a successful stair-nosing

Stair-nosings can be quite a troublesome part of a flooring installation, but choosing the correct...
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UFH and floorcoverings: get up to speed

Andrew Coy explains why selecting the right sort of flooring to go with underfloor heating...
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New rules for witness evidence in business and property courts

6 April 2021 heralded significant change in the way factual witness evidence is presented in...
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Is long Covid-19 a disability?

For those employers in the flooring industry wondering whether long Covid-19 constitutes a disability, Anna...

Carefully does it

Richard Renouf attends a failed flooring complaint and wonders whether the developer will be more...
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Why social media is so important for your flooring business

We’re spending so much of our free time behind a screen, which has led to...
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Floor the competition with professional marketing

How can a flooring contractor market itself in the most efficient way possible?Alison Relf has...
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Build up your troubles in your old kitbag

Adam Fox retells the interesting story of Norm Mason and the invention of the efficient...

A flooring contractor’s guide to Twitter

Twitter may not appear to be as trendy as other social media channels but it’s...

Give laminate the freedom to express itself

Richard Renouf points out that laminate must be free to expand and contract just like...

All the colours of the floor

So, you want to colour your floor? There are many innovative ways to do so,...

Flexible working is the way forward

Flooring businesses must expect more flexible working requests from their employees in the weeks and...

The sound of silence: getting the most from acoustic flooring and underlays

Life can become a lot more comfortable by using acoustic and underlay systems and choosing...

Working over wood and metal

Jason  Tatton gives his guidance on preparing metal and wood subfloors ahead of the installation...
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Antimicrobial power beneath your feet

Jonathan Clapp gives a detailed analysis on antimicrobial additives and their ability to keep floors...

Build up your troubles in your old kitbag

Neal Inwood delves deep into his casebook for this cautionary tale which warns that it’s...

New working practices set to continue

Jerry Woods highlights interesting trends that have emerged from a detailed survey into the staffing...

Remote but still in touch

As remote working remains commonplace even post-pandemic, David elaborates on connecting with new business prospects. WHILE...

Making remote working work

Barry recaps on our industry’s experience of remote working and explores how subcontractors can use...

It’s my party, and I’ll ply if I want to…

Neal arrived onsite to find Freddie’s newly-laid LVT floor was failing dramatically - lifting and...

Home away from home

Jerry has compiled his top tips for contractors on how they can inspire their teams...

Tiled flooring: The heat is on

Martin provides advice on how to perfect your tiled floor when warm water underfloor heating...

Ensuring a perfectly smooth subfloor

John details steps for when a flawlessly smooth subfloor finish is required. ENSURING a smooth base...

Shiny happy people

What do you do if you’re a flooring contractor in the Scottish islands where the...

The plague of ‘invisible’ bullying

For organisations that ignore invisible bullying or don’t take adequate steps to prevent it, the...

Getting in a flap about energy savings

In light of the relentless drive for energy savings, Richard explains why he thinks keyholes...

Playing it safe

Flooring can help prevent industrial workplace accidents and contribute to an overall safer work environment,...

Simplifying construction procurement

Barry explores how software can de-risk and streamline the chaotic world of construction procurement. FAST-PACED and...

Heads you win?

As the UK slowly returns to a normalised society, Karen elaborates on the importance of...

Filling the skills gap in your team

If you’ve weathered the storm and want to ensure continued growth in the contract flooring...

Online defamation – a growing risk for businesses?

Before you act against someone who’s bad-mouthed your business, remember there’s a very fine line...

The wonderful world of wood

And I mean it, says Neal. Wood is such a wonderful material that if it...

Installing wood flooring – it’s not the same as other floors!

In this detailed column, Martin gets into the nitty-gritty of why the installation of wood...

So, you want good business? Make it about the customer!

How do you ensure your business is successful? James says you should start by enhancing...

Using technology to maximise profit

Using a real project as a case study, Barry explores practical ways software can help...

That don’t impress me much!

THERE are certain phrases I hear regularly which don’t impress me, but there’s one that...

Why temperature onsite is so important

Martin discusses the factors that greatly impact on flooring installations when temperatures aren’t ideal. A COLD...

Taxing times

Paul elaborates on the plastic packaging tax and the opportunity to help the contract flooring...

Mitigating stress in the workplace as workers return

It’s critical for businesses to recognise that if they fail to act appropriately, they could...

That ole bestseller – great expectations

It’s all too easy to batter Freddie the Flooring Contractor and Young Rodney, says Neal....

Look behind the logo

With respect to environmental product certification and approval, Richard gives an indication of what to...

Transitions: Getting the transition right for flooring

Tim explains why transition profiles are vital in allowing people to safely move between different...

Considering sources of moisture

Tony provides an overview of some of the main issues to consider, and the importance...

Between hell and excess moisture

Jason advises on guarding against floor failure as a result of excess subfloor moisture, including...

Green is the money

Flooring, by virtue of involving a manufacturing process, is a consumptive industry. Whether it’s raw...

Resistance is futile! (or is it?)

Can an employer require an employee to take a Covid-19 vaccination? The answer will surprise...

‘Our new landscape needs a new compass’

How can you become change and innovation ready, so you’re optimised to take advantage of...
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Site conditions – what should happen

CFJ received an impassioned comment from a flooring contractor in reaction to Garry’s article on...

Up the creek with updraught soiling

Richard inspects a job with a good standard of workmanship and where, if no steps...

Training: It’s a lifetime thing

One of the most important things flooring contractors can do to prevent their installations failing...

Taking a temperature check on LVTs

Lee takes a closer look at luxury vinyl tiles (LVTs) and investigates the common problems...

Practical ways to investigate new technologies

Barry offers guidance on how you can identify which technology will be a game-changer for...

The ins-and-outs of your Ts and Cs

Peter advises readers to review their contractual terms and conditions in the light of the...

All dressed up with somewhere to go

Adam investigates HMRC’s rules when it comes to staff wearing unform and provides advice on...

When nature gets involved in flooring

John advises flooring contractors on the appropriate steps to take when installing nature’s own brand...

Digging deep to get a seamless finish

A well-prepared, solid substrate is the vital element in underpinning a successful flooring installation. Tarjinder...

Sticking with tolerance

TEMPERATURE-tolerant adhesives have been developed for installing resilient floorcoverings in areas where temperatures have the...

Water, water everywhere – but not a sec to think!

Water is utterly essential in many construction processes and products, says Neal. That is, until...

Not all steps are created equal

Lee elaborates on installing stair treads and explains why it’s never been the easiest part...

Let’s look at an underlying problem

Sometimes, says Richard, problems with a particular type of flooring can come in waves for...

Take the guesswork out of running your business

Barry explains how software enables subcontractors to replace gut-feel decisions with informed data-driven decisions. I WAS...