Going With The Grain
Wood and laminate flooring has a growing share of the flooring market:
Atkinson & Kirby has introduced the new Kronoswiss laminate flooring range. Kronoswiss is one of the world’s leading producers of quality laminate flooring and regularly features the latest designs and technological advancements.
The range comprises 16 decors all available ex-stock ranging from 7mm–12mm; it includes benefits such as 5G installation, domestic and commercial wear warranties, latest registered and embossed surface textures all supported with full FSC and PEFC certification.
A&K prides itself on bringing quality products to its customers and this range is no exception. It will be supported by a brochure and POS packing including display stands. www.akirby.co.uk
Boen has launched a new brand concept ‘style advisor’ to accompany vendors and customers through the process of purchasing the company’s flooring.
It is based on the customer desire to purchase not simply flooring, but to design their own four walls in their own individual style, full of personality and functionality.
Four distinctive styles are at the centre of the new concept developed jointly with the interior-design adviser and style expert Helle Tjaberg (Norway).
All features clear historic references and set future trends: Pure Nordic, Modern Rustic, Urban Contrast and Classic Elegance.
The ‘style advisor’ is designed to make the sales process simpler and more attractive while offering decisive value added for retail partners and customers:
More security in quickly and easily finding flooring suited to one’s individual style;
More inspiration through a creative confrontation with style collections and personal design desires;
More clarity with the guidance of the customers through the selection process in four easy steps.
The process will include a catalogue and style handbook.
The catalogue Be Inspired provides an orientation point and serves as a source of inspiration: it was created to enthuse, inspire and comprehensively present the wide variety of Boen quality parquet flooring.
The four style collections are described in detail with attractive photos, accessories, exciting examples and design tips – and perfectly complementary floors are presented for each style.
The style handbook features detailed background information about the style collections.
The customers can use it to inform themselves comprehensively about the creation and history of the respective styles, learn more about the features – such as current colours and materials – and become acquainted with the renowned designer and style blogs.
The new advisory system is presented in a practical guide structured in four steps.
The first step is the selection of the style, followed by the selection of the colour, and then the determination of the size. The fourth and final step is the selection of the surface.
The price list has also been clearly revised and structured around the new concept.
The new style collection concept is also featured online.
Customers can navigate through the wide selection of floorings, styles and combinations on www.boen.com
Fila offers a wide range of eco-friendly care products for wood and laminate floors.
Designed to offer safe, effective and gentle cleaning, they include Fila Cleaner, a concentrated pH-neutral liquid detergent, and Fila Parquet Net, a ready-to-use spray cleaner.
Both products are water-based and form part of Fila award-winning Green Line range, which received The Tile Association’s best environmental initiative 2014 award.
Each solution is designed to give a streak-free clean, requires no rinsing and is safe to use in all environments – from school sports halls to family homes.
Fila Cleaner is formulated to care for sensitive natural surfaces and is claimed to be safe for use on all untreated and pre-finished wood and laminate floors, apart from those with waxed finishes.
Once diluted at a ratio of 1:200, the solution can be used for both manual cleaning, with a mop or cloth, and with a floor-cleaning machine.
Fila Parquet Net is spray cleaner for all types of wood floors, including varnished, waxed and oil treated surfaces.
It is designed for both spot treatment and whole surface cleaning and can be sprayed directly onto the floor’s surface or applied with a cloth.
It can also be used to remove black scuff-marks and to clean other interior wood surfaces. www.filasolutions.com
Granwax, the manufacturer of high quality wood floor seals, finishes, cleaning and maintenance materials, has launched its new website, to make its products readily available to customers, enabling them to place orders any time of the day or night. www.granwax-direct.co.uk
Carl Blythe, director of Granwax, explains, ‘Changes were made to improve our customer service and create a positive experience for the customer each time.
‘We developed the new website with the same quality and security standards that our customers have come to expect from our products.
‘In addition, functionality, user-friendliness and speed of access shaped the development of our new website. Customers can easily browse search, plus the site provides a seamless purchasing process.
They can save shopping carts and review purchases, revise, and complete their order with more control, in minutes.’
Granwax has also developed greater flexibility in the pricing structure, offering customers better, more competitive prices on a wide range of products than is currently available via its Amazon sales channel.
Customers can place orders ranging from a single bottle of floor cleaner, up to enough material to refurbish a large sports hall. Delivery is free for orders over £150 (excluding VAT) and customers can expect their items to arrive in three working days. www.granwax.co.uk
Interfloor offers its UK customers products from Meister, a leading German manufacturer of hard wood flooring with a proven record for quality and design innovation.
During the past 12 months Interfloor has launched a range of 42 decors across seven Meister products suitable for both the retail and contract markets.
The range includes unique products such as the Corsini (LS300) with its narrower plank, the Barolo (LD300/25) with its 2m long and wider plank with a non-repeat décor, and the remarkable Nadura, manufactured from wood powder, claimed to be incredibly hard wearing. It comes with a lifetime residential warranty.
The Interfloor range of Meister products is all stocked in the UK and comes with colour matched accessories.
Warranties of up to 25 years on the laminates are offered.
Retailers are supported with high quality, modular, point of sale, a 60 page catalogue, product and sales training and a consumer sampling service.
For contractors Meister’s laminates and engineered wood offer ease and speed of installation due to its patented Masterclic Plus installation system. The hard wearing Nadura floors are particularly suited to contract installations, such as restaurants and offices. www.interfloor.com
Junckers reports a steadily growing demand for Nordic Oak over the past 12 months, nearly eclipsing oak, which has long been the most popular timber used for flooring in the UK.
Junckers states that its Nordic treatment adds interest to the colouration and graining of the Oak and dons a contemporary twist to our trusted old favourite, in keeping with latest interior design trends.
The company reports more and more Nordic Oak being specified, from art galleries to public libraries and even gyms. The aim is to achieve a pale finish which reflects a lot of natural light.
Subtly treated with a white-pigmented stain and sealed with Junckers Ultra Matt Lacquer, Nordic Oak is described as a beautiful and hard-wearing product that comes pre-finished and is suitable for use with underfloor heating in common with the company’s solid hardwood floors which are said to be are naturally stable and have a low moisture content.
Junckers is committed to sustainable forestry and the company is both FSC and PEFC certified. www.junckers.co.uk
Kährs has introduced two new text printed floor ranges to its established Da Capo Collection.
The new designs feature ‘tea and coffee’ and ‘wine’ text stamps, which are screen-printed onto rustic wood floors to create a stylish, vintage look.
All designs are said to be suitable for domestic and heavy traffic commercial applications, and can also be installed onto walls. Personalised, bespoke screen prints – in infinite designs and on all Kährs’ nature oiled floors – also available on request.
The wine-themed Domo Da Capo floors feature champagne and fine wine branded text, including Grande Couvee and Medoc; whilst tea and coffee Decorum Da Capo designs have different blends, like Pure Ceylon and Darjeeling.
Permanent inkjet text is printed directly onto the nature oil finished boards and then UV-cured for longevity.
The new Kährs Da Capo floors feature a one-strip design and have an antiqued surface finish that is brushed, handscraped, bevelled and smoked to reinforce the vintage look.
All floors are crafted from sustainable oak and have a multi-layered construction said to be suitable for installation over underfloor heating.
Kährs glueless Woodloc joint is described as promoting a fast, accurate installation over a variety of substrates and floors can also be bonded, if required. www.kahrs.co.uk
Küberit manufacturers a range of high quality trims and flooring profiles, which are designed for both contract and residential locations.
Based in Lüdenscheid, Germany, Küberit continually develops new products for a variety of requirements.
For example, the company supplies the PPS Champion Star, described as the narrowest aluminium profile system in the world.
This internationally patented system consists of three different profile types. It includes the pre-assembled PPS-crosses and PPS-corners which allow shorter installation times.
Both of these can be installed in combination with their profile systems and floating floors such as engineered parquet, laminate or LVT floorings.
Due to the pre-assembled corners and crosses, time-consuming cuts for mitres on-site are not necessary, allowing for installations of the profiles that are more accurate while serving as a time-saving solution for professional flooring installers.
The PPS-crosses are also said make it possible to install the flooring in modular dimensions and to keep the expansion gaps that are necessary in large floor areas.
For three of the screwable PPS profile systems, Küberit offers pre-assembled installation solutions, for example a cross and a 90degree interior and exterior corner.
Küberit has also developed silicone joints in two new colours and two new profile types in stainless steel.
The aluminium expansion profiles type 301 S, 302 S and 307 S for 3, 4.5 and 6mm thick floorings are available with silicone joints in sand and bronze anodized.
Expansion joints type 303 S and 304 S in stainless steel are also new. The profiles can be used for floorings of 6 or 10.3mm and are available with the standard silicone joints grey and black.
New silicone joint colours beige and brown are available for expansion joint profiles 301 S, 302 S and 307 S.
The profiles are supplied in sand and bronze, while expansion joint profiles 303 S and 304 S are now in polished stainless steel.
Also offered by the company are Swarovski Elements profiles and skirting designed for commercial and residential areas, enabling the creation of unusual room designs with ‘sparkling’ and striking decorative items.
Sparkling Swarovski Elements are used to decorate the Küberit heating tube (in diameters of 12, 15, 18 and 22mm). Door stoppers made of brass are available in polished, nickel-brilliant and nickel-mat. www.kueberit.com
Mapei has developed Mapesilent Slatted, a soundproofing system for solid and engineered tongue-and-groove wood floors.
The system combines a slatted soundproofing mat and a thixotropic elastic adhesive.
It is designed for fast, easy installation onto concrete, smoothing compounds, prepared anhydrite based screeds and existing tiles.
It can reportedly also be used on screeds which contain an underfloor heating system. And it is said to be suitable for both residential and commercial application, in new build construction and renovation.
Combining the advantages of both floating and fully bonded wood floor installations, Mapesilent Slatted is claimed to reduce impact sound by 19dB at 3mm thickness and 22dB at 5mm, which exceeds Building Regulation requirements.
It is also designed to provide low adhesive consumption, offering insulation between the subfloor and floorcovering, and helps eliminate small substrate imperfections.
During installation, the slats between the high quality polyethylene foam are filled fully with solvent-free Mapei Ultrabond S997 1K or Ultrabond P990 1K adhesive.
Wood flooring should then be installed, with sufficient pressure being applied to achieve full contact with the soundproofing system.
The installed tongue and groove board should provide a minimum overall thickness of 12mm but should not exceed 28mm in thickness, says Mapei.
Mapesilent Slatted is available in a 25sq m roll (3mm thickness) and a 20sq m roll (5mm thickness); both formats are 1.5m wide.
Full installation instructions are included on all packaging. www.mapei.co.uk
Oak Flooring Direct is passionate about all types of wood floors and flooring.
The company’s experience in the wooden flooring and hardwood flooring industry dates back to 1967.
During this time the company has worked with domestic customers, commercial clients, installers, end users, architects and designers, giving us an extensive insight into what its customers need from their new solid wood, engineered wood and laminate flooring.
Its friendly team of trained wood flooring sales experts help customers select a perfect new oak floor, hardwood floor or wooden floor for their given circumstances.
Oak Flooring Direct states that its goal is to give customers a wide selection of high-quality, fault-free products at the best available prices, from trusted manufacturers with proven track records, such as Kährs, Elka, Junkers, Boen, Forbo, Quick Step, Junkers, OFD, Norskë and many more.
It aims to:
Provide the right wood flooring product at the right price, first time;
Dispatch and deliver wood flooring products nationwide, safely, securely and as quickly as possible free of charge;
Make customers’ shopping experience a pleasant one from start to finish; and
Offer the best wood flooring advice and aftercare service.
Osmo, which recently went into partnership with Esco Group, now provides customers with an aesthetically pleasing wooden floor.
Pre-finished with Osmo Polyx-Oil, Harfa flooring is designed as a statement floor with a rough-sawn treatment enhanced with cross-wise cuts that are grooved in the surface with great care.
Harfa can reportedly be combined with many different styles and colours.
As with all Esco flooring, Harfa is finished with Osmo Polyx-Oil, providing optimum protection to the surface, without detracting from the appearance.
Harfa flooring is available in a range of colours, including natural, natural white, double smoked black, smoked tobacco, smoked natural, washy grey, smoked white and stone grey all in 2 or 3 layer parquet.
The Esco range also includes Bohemia, Chateau, Moravia, Kolonial, Pelgrim, Karel IV, Sumava and Soft Tone.
Founded in 1997 in the Netherlands, Esco Group has grown to an all-round trading and manufacturing company with official partners, such as Osmo, world-wide.
The company produces flooring for architects, real estate, builders and wholesalers, specialising in rustic oak flooring in both solid and engineered (3-layer, 2-layer multi).
Osmo UK, established over 25 years ago, supplies a natural and environmentally friendly alternative to wood finishing.
The products are based on rapidly renewable, natural vegetable oils that penetrate deeply into the wood, keeping it elastic and healthy, whilst preventing it from drying and becoming brittle.
As the range is not produced for the mass market, more time can be spent on ensuring all the products are of the highest quality.
Pallmann products were used to renovate 170sq m of wooden parquet in the Salon de Viennoise at the Grand Hotel du Lac. Situated on the shores of Lake Geneva, the 5 star hotel was built in 1868.
Pallmann also offers training courses in the UK for people who want to create and maintain stunning wooden floors.
The company’s experts will walk you through the five steps for the installation, renovation and maintenance of wood floors.
The training sessions, which provide hands-on experience for all aspects of wood floor installation, are run at the company’s technical forum in Rugby.
The company claims its wood floor installation systems are fail safe when used correctly. That’s why it offers a two years warranty for everyone attending each of its five steps training courses.
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Pergo says its PerfectFold 3.0 offers TitanX durability and 30% faster installation on its laminate floors.
All 84 Pergo laminate floor designs are available in three different wear qualities:
Living Expression (Class 32), Original Excellence (Class 33), Public Extreme (Class 34), allowing each area of any project to deliver seamless looks with tailored performance. All qualities have the exact same surface, format and bevels to ensure a seamless transition, whatever the intensity level.
Public Extreme laminate floors are designed to withstand use in the busiest commercial environments such as hotel receptions and public areas of shopping centres, in fact anywhere that demands the highest levels of wear resistance combined with low maintenance and stunning looks.
The patented TitanX surface is said to feature a more impact and scratch-resistant layer, giving all Pergo laminate floors the durability required for commercial environments, while for the busiest of locations will demand TitanX Advanced, with its thicker scratch-resistant layer offering maximum performance in the busiest of spaces.
With PerfectFold 3.0, contractors can benefit from faster fitting thanks to the simple fold-to-fit principle and optional horizontal insertion, while also remaining confident of the suitably of the joint for commercial environments.
Available in just 24 hours, Pergo laminate floors are said to bring the advantages of durability, appearance retention and minimal maintenance to a new generation of commercial environments. www.pro.pergo.co.uk
T&R Floor Covering Distributors supplies a range of Kährs wood floors from traditional oak designs – in one, two and three-strip formats – to on-trend designer boards, with tactile, colour-enhanced finishing treatments.
Best-selling designs include the exclusive Da Capo Collection, which comprises six oak floors with a very strong, natural feel.
The rustic designs are reportedly enhanced by brushed, handscraped, bevelled and smoked treatments and have a hardwearing oil prefinish.
Colour options range from Indossati, which has a pale shell hue, to dark grey and brown toned Vecchio.
Other popular designs include the various oak and walnut floors from Kährs Rugged and Unity Collections, available in both rustic and even grained timber, and also with on-trend surfaces treatments.
All floors are available from extensive T&R stock, for standard two-day delivery or next day, by request. They are also offered with complementary accessory and maintenance products, along with expert specification advice.
Woca Denmark has unveiled its new WOCA Hardwax Oil Extreme for finishing wood floors. The oil wax is claimed to ensure an extremely hardwearing and light film-building surface.
WOCA Hardwax Oil Extreme is said to be suitable for basic finishing of any pre-oiled, unfinished, new and newly sanded interior woodwork, or for topcoat on WOCA Colour Oils, Lye’s and Stains.
It is said to be suitable for heavy wear areas such as shops, restaurants or schools, protecting and enhancing the natural beauty of wooden floors.
WOCA says it continually strives to produce the very best products which enhance and protect wood. The company adds that it is always looking for new and innovative ways to treat and maintain the most traditional of materials.
This article has been reproduced from the Contract Flooring Journal. You can find them at www.contractflooringjournal.co.uk.