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DRF Rubber Flooring (Dalsouple)

The Flooring Group retails DRF Rubber Flooring, who acquired the rights to sell Dalsouple Rubber Flooring and offer many of their original products to customers.

Below, DRF Rubber Flooring explain their products in their own words;

DRF (France) Ltd: Commercial rubber flooring manufactured in France

Introducing DRF (France) Ltd

DRF are a fresh combination of knowledgeable professionals. DRF were approached by a trusted, worldwide manufacturer of exceptional Rubber Flooring to become their Exclusive UK Distributors due to their wealth of experience within the flooring industry.

This is possibly the most exciting time within the building industry in that we have as a country stepped out of our comfort zone not only in designing exceptional architecture throughout our history but now we are faced with the immense responsibility of making sure we look after our environment for the future of our country and the rest of the world. Design, manufacturing, building practices and much more have been and will continue to be scrutinised for meeting high environmental and social standards. This ultimately means everyone involved in any aspect of the built environment needs to work together to make sure they are equally committed to this as the next person/business.

At DRF (France) Ltd we take our environmental responsibility very seriously: 95% of all products can be manufactured in Natural Rubber. (one of the world’s most sustainable resources) DRF Rubber flooring offer excellent insulation, helping towards a more efficient building envelope.

We hope our website will be inspire you to choose us in all of your projects!

It is DRF Ltd’s aim to help create a harmonious relationship between a building and the immediate environment. We strive to be eco-conscious in everything we do.We are fully committed to reducing our carbon footprint. We operate a completely paper free business, negating paper waste, and the carbon footprint of postage. We recycle bottles, office equipment, printing and packaging. Use of superior quality products that are also environmentally resourced i.e. FSC plywood and wooden equipment.

Orders are despatched from the Manufacturer and delivered to our clients/site. This will dramatically reduce transportation costs both economically and environmentally, i.e. vehicle emissions, re-packaging and time. Spot checks will be carried out at random to ensure the highest quality is being reached. Please refer to the 10 year guarantee which reflects our assurance of quality 95% of the range is available in Natural Rubber. Not only is this a much better option for the environment and your project’s BREAM rating it is also a far superior product in terms of strength, elasticity and stability.

Why choose Natural Rubber flooring?

Natural rubber is a rapidly renewable raw material. The Hevea Brasiliensis rubber Trees live for around 30 years, during which time they continuously produce latex. Tree utilised by the Manufacturer are ethically sourced from well managed Rubber Plantations, adding to the country’s economy and benefiting the wellbeing and lifestyles of the local communities.

As well as excellent properties including strength, elasticity, resistance to change in temperature, impermeable to gases, resistant to heat, electricity, chemical action and abrasion, it also inhibits the build up of friction from heavy traffic and is Stain and damage resistant.

It has a long life expectancy (hence 10 year guarantee).

Easy to clean and maintain:  Rubber creates a hygienic surface with prolonged life which in turn reduces the cost of replacement and subsequent waste.Something to consider – Of a Buildings life cycle typically only 20% is made up of the construction and a massive 80% is maintenance! By choosing a better product in the first instance will therefore reduce costs and occurrences of refurbishments due to wear and poor quality materials. Planning for the future is essential to create the most sustainable, eco-conscious building that will last and look great for many years. Renewal of flooring is not only expensive but is also disruptive for business and the people who use the building.

Due to the naturally dense surface No PVC coatings are required – creating a much healthier internal environment which is easier to clean and less susceptible to dirt. Additional properties include the prevention of unsightly tracks and pathways from regular traffic and helping to create and maintain the building envelope.

No joint sealing is required as the product will not shrink like PVC alternatives. Creating a more uniform look throughout.

100% Recyclable.

The Benefits of Recycling after use are not only environmental but also economic and social:

  • Cheaper to produce than any other type of rubber, including synthetic
  • Some of the existing properties are improved further
  • Requires less energy to produce
  • Excellent way to dispose of unwanted product
  • Conserves non-renewable petroleum used in production of synthetic rubbers
  • Generates work for people in developing countries

We also use the waste rubber from samples in our Equestrian Surfacing.

All our products: 

  • Available in tile format rather than rolls to minimise waste and unnecessary production. An added bonus of using tiles is that these have increased stability and prolong the life of the product further.
  • Bespoke Production Plants that only manufacture flooring, making sure the best possible procedures are being used for the production of their products.
  • SBR from sources that comply to highest safety and environmental standard.
  • Environmentally friendly packaging which includes recycling and using recycled wooden pallets.
    Metallic waste is recycle.
  • Water is pumped from the ground to cool our machines then returned to the groundwater without any pollution.

Manufacture is to the highest health & safety standards as well as Strict Environmental standards.

Products are tested and regulated to the following standards

  • COV (CDPH IAQ) and COV (ISO 16000)
  • COV G13931C (CDPH IAQ) and COV G13931A (ISO 16000)
  • These reports can be used for Floor score, Gleenguard and LEED project
  • More testing has been carried out according to European Standard EN ISO 1600
  • Comparable to AgBB, GUT, BLUE ANGEL and CDPH section 01350 but with higher standard requirement
  • BREAM in Norway

DRF Rubber Flooring – Technical Information

Properties of all DRF rubber products:
•    Excellent ageing resistance
•    Absolute dimensional stability (when installed with approved adhesive) 
•    Will not shrink or expand (seam welding not required)
•    Colourfast, ultra violet and ozone resistant – blue scale >6
•    Resistant to dilute acid and most chemical products
•    Rot-proof (can be installed in saline conditions)
•    Suitable for use on sub-floors with under-floor heating (<27 degrees C) •    Anti-static (recommended for computer use) •    Anti-bacterial formulation (recommended for hospital use) •    Noise reducing (absorbs impact noise) •    Anti-slip •    Water absorption <0.2% •    Cigarette burn resistant 

Specialised Environments:

•    MFR (Marine Fire Resistant) – meets current legislation requirements for use to IMO Res MSC 61(67) on all registered shipping
•    WFR (Wall Fire Resistant) to S5476 class 0 – for internal walls and ceilings
•    EFR Extra Flame Resistant – developed for hovercraft/aviation use
•    Low smoke and Extra Flame Resistant – for particularly high risk areas eg. Fire escape routes and tunnels
•    EUVS Extra UV Stabilised – for installations exposed to high levels of sunlight eg. Heavily glazed areas
•    Outdoor Quality – formulated for extra resistance to changes in temperature with UV stabilised colour pigments
•    Dissipative Electrically Conductive – for electrically sensitive areas eg. Operating theatres
•    Oil Resistant – for use in areas at risk of oil spillage eg. Drilling platforms, petrol stations and engine rooms.

 Bespoke Colours:

We have an extensive range of over 80 standard colours however if you cannot find an exact match to your corporate colours or have a specific shade in mind it is possible for us to manufacture this for you at an additional cost. Please contact us for more information. 

Client – Broadwater Farm

Project Location – Tottenham, North London, UK
Year – 2013
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History

In 1967 the construction of Broadwater Farm residential estate began. By 1973 the estate was fully occupied. Many problems arose for the residents in 1976, which has been largely debated by Haringey Council and RIBA as well as politicians. Since that time regeneration has taken place, primarily in 1981, and despite efforts for improving the residential area the worst night of rioting in the UK occurred at Broadwater Farm in 1985. This shocked the nation and almost destroyed the community as a result. Despite this terrible incidence the council and residents formed many community lead groups in an effort to improve the area for the people that lived there.

In 1993 £33 million was allocated to an 8 year Estate Action Programme to renovate the estate. Amenities such as a Community Health Centre, Opportunities Centre, Job seekers and self-employed extension created within The Enterprise Centre and the 1997 founded “Better life for Women and Families” are granted permission for the construction of a nursery/children’s centre.

Many cultural and social groups have been formed since 1987 in an attempt to bring the community together. The Lordship Recreation Ground project was started in 2007, providing many new and restored facilities for young people with a city farm, eco-centre with public toilets, BMX track and many other community based facilities and amenities.

Also, in 2007 planning began on the Inclusive Learning Campus, where we are currently involved in supplying DRF Rubber Flooring. The project: The existing Primary school, two special needs schools and the Children’s Centre are to become part of one larger campus. This is one of the first schools of its kind to be built in the UK, costing ?18 million as part of Haringey Council’s Capital Funding Programme.

Aims: Meet the demands for pupil places, bring together children with different educational needs and provide the children and local community with many new and improved facilities.

Design and construction: The facilities will include an amphitheatre, a library, hydrotherapy pool, a music studio, art space and a dedicated food technology and life skills suite. As well as a sensory garden, a multi-use games area, a wildlife pond, horticultural area and several external teaching zones, hard and soft play areas. Work began onsite in 2010 and the third and final stages of The Inclusive Learning Campus are underway.

Haringey Council view this as a flagship project that will act as a guideline for the development of similar schools in the future. Shared spaces and facilities will add to the local community and continued regeneration of the Broadwater Farm Estate.

DRF (France) Ltd have supplied Uni smooth in Rose Indien, which is a wonderful deep red as the specified rubber flooring for the internal areas. This is a perfect product for this project as the rubber flooring has exceptional properties that are ideal for educational and sporting facilities. These include being: Hard wearing, slip resistant, easy to clean and maintain making the rubber flooring very hygienic, impermeable to gases, resistance to change in temperature, heat, electricity, chemicals and abrasions. We are delighted to be involved in this exciting and worthwhile project and look forward to seeing the campus once complete.

Click here to download the full Case Study.

Rubber flooring is becoming more and more popular, both in homes and in commercial settings, and there is a good reason for it. More people are discovering the unique benefits that rubber flooring offers, and how they are especially valuable in a setting that is prone to heavy foot traffic. Rubber flooring is a very versatile floor covering option however; it is often over looked by floor covering professionals. There is a misconception surrounding rubber flooring that it is very expensive and hard to maintain. Although it is not the cheapest option, rubber flooring does provide very good long-term value.

Following the manufacturers’ maintenance schedule will alleviate the myth about difficult cleaning of rubber flooring.