Walking The Planks
Wood and laminate flooring come in an enormous range:
Atkinson & Kirby says its Diamond Plus engineered wood range is gaining popularity with pubs and restaurants. The rustic look of Diamond Plus range boards is said to add a natural charm and character to large interiors. Widths are available up to 340mm.
Diamond Plus Slate, a stained, cross cut and natural oiled board, was recently installed in the Newsroom Bar and Restaurant in Edinburgh, and the stained and natural oiled Vintage Oak Biscuit was recently specified by Concorde BGW for Ned Ludd Bar & Restaurant in Nottingham.
An array finishes and widths is available in this premium collection. www.akirby.co.uk
BerryAlloc, the Belgium based flooring manufacturer, has launched two new collections alongside the existing Exquisite range. The 8mm 4V Trendline and 11m 4V class 33 Empire range are said to offer a complete package for the UK market.
The one-stop-shop concept (laminate, dry-back vinyl, Dreamclick and wood can all be sourced from Factory Flooring Direct warehouse, as part of an exclusivity agreement to stock and distribute BerryAlloc’s High Tech Laminate in the UK.
High Tech Laminate is said to be the strongest type of floating flooring and is installed worldwide in all types of residential and commercial locations. In the LVT segment, it is the established and patented Dreamclick product. www.berryalloc.com
Bona Mega has been used to protect the floor of the historic Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, which was founded in 1683. Described as the most significant museum of art and archaeology in the UK, it receives over 1m visitors annually.
The original herringbone floors in the museum are regularly recoated with Bona Mega by local flooring contractor, ACH Flooring.
Formulated to use oxygen as a crosslinker, Bona Mega is said to deliver the performance of a two-component lacquer in the convenience of a one pack product and is designed to offer high wear and chemical resistance in domestic, commercial or public environments. The product is a sustainable, NMP free lacquer, designed to provide a durable, easy to clean surface.
Bona Mega is available in four sheen levels including Extra Matt that is said to combine a hard wearing surface with a natural, almost ‘invisible’ finish to the surface.
A ‘Golden Ticket’ is hidden behind the label on the back of Mega packs, putting contractors in line to win four 40’ LED TVs. www.bona.com
Bostik offers two products designed for working with wood flooring as part of the Laybond range of professional flooring adhesives.
Bostik Laybond Wood Bond is a heavy duty rigid adhesive for surface bonding wood flooring. It is described as being a filled solution of synthetic polymer resins in a blend of solvents formulated to a trowelling consistency.
It is designed to be suitable for bonding all types of parquet flooring, woodblock and woodstrip.
Laybond Wood MS Bond is a high strength solvent-free adhesive for surface bonding wood flooring where a flexible product is required.
The product is said to offer an elastic bond and good initial grab, while being compatible with underfloor heating and suitable for bonding all types of wood flooring, including wood blocks, wood mosaic panels, engineered, laminated and solid wood plank/strip flooring. www.bostik.co.uk
Gekko G1 adhesive dispensing system has reportedly helped contractors reduce the amount of packaging waste sent to landfill sites. The G10 hybrid polymer adhesive through the G1 dispenser is claimed to significantly help contractors reduce the amount of packaging waste they generate, giving them cost savings.
The G10 is packaged in aluminium foils, instead of plastic or metal buckets, and after use is reduced to a very small, lightweight squashed disc. That avoids issues when disposing of empty, messy buckets.
Reduced packaging waste is said to be just one of the many benefits of using this way of applying adhesive for wood flooring. Speed of application, consistent coverage, and upright application position, are said to give users benefits over the traditional hand applied method of application.
Alex Nunn, marketing director at Gekko says: ‘More and more contractors are finding the benefits of the G1 system. Together with the smaller G2 version, they offer users significant cost savings. Along with our canister range of spray adhesives, we offer the solution for most floor bonding applications.’ www.gekkoindustries.co.uk
Interfloor has launched a new range of Meister laminate and Nadura flooring. Meister, one of Germany’s leading hard flooring manufacturers, is new to the UK market.
Steve Woodhead, Interfloor marketing director says, ‘This is a new brand for the UK laminate market. Meister is a high quality German brand from one of the country’s leading hard flooring manufacturer with a compelling range of innovative designs and products, with warranties of up to 25 years.
‘We launched the John Lewis laminate range in February and now we are presenting a range of 42 products for the independent retail flooring market.’
The range also includes the new Nadura product made using wood powder technology. The designs replicate slate, sandstone, metallic and wood effects. Nadura is described as being incredibly hard wearing, with a lifetime residential warranty, slip resistant, and easy to clean.
Interfloor offers their Meister products with a complete range of colour-matched accessories, backed with a dedicated 60 page catalogue, point of sale and a consumer sampling service. www.interfloor.com
Junckers has created a custom-finished oak floor for a newly opened museum. Working closely with project architects, the brief was to create a solid hardwood floor with a rustic quality to match the look of the raw and patinated concrete of the old dock where the new facility is housed.
Junckers developed a brushed oak floor, which is said to give contrasting warmth to the overall impression of the industrial style building. The floor forms a major part of the interior and acts a ‘bridge’ between the concrete, glass and steel in the building. When natural light hits the surface of the floor at an angle, it is said to create a ‘spectacular’ effect.
The facility to create customised flooring, including finishes and colour options, has lead Junckers to numerous close collaborations with prestigious architectural firms. The company claims that its offer of bespoke floor has proved popular with specifiers, particularly for retail, leisure and office projects. www.junckers.co.uk
Kährs has launched its new Capital Collection of wood floors. In contrast to the popular rustic look, the six new designs reflect an alternate and growing trend for even grained finishes. Each floor is crafted in Sweden from sustainable European oak and features a wide-board one-strip format.
A combination of handcrafted finishing treatments, including brushing and bevelled edges, define the look and reinforce the tactile appearance.
All of the new floors are defined by their clean timber grade and minimal colour variation.
Kährs Oak Dublin has a natural, light honey tone and is offered with a satin lacquer, matt lacquer or oil prefinish. White-toned Oak Paris has a luminous appearance and a matt lacquer or oil prefinish, whilst Oak Berlin has a subtle grey oiled finish.
Each of the six new wood floors measures 187mm wide by up to 2420mm long. Kährs’ multi-layered construction uses hardwood down to the glueless Woodloc joint only, with a combination of fast-growing spruce, pine and poplar below.
As well as providing eco-benefits, the construction method reportedly provides greater stability and enables the floor to be installed over underfloor heating. www.kahrs.com
KHR has been offering its Premium Sanding Training for just over two years. Having received an overwhelming response, the courses have been fully booked since last September, according to the company.
The wood floor sanding training day is described as being more about sharing success, by introducing participants to proven, tried and thoroughly tested new application methods and techniques. It is designed to show how to achieve better results in less time.
The Lägler application concept is all about working with synchronized machines, abrasives and working processes.
The training is designed for all levels of sanding experience, people with some or even no knowledge to varying standards of expertise.
It is claimed that everyone who has attended Premium Sanding Training leaves, with better knowledge about their machines and always takes away something useful that they have learned and liked.
One participant Jo from Yebra French Polishing, who had been sanding floors for 10 years learned new techniques to produce better sanding result in less time, as well as basic maintenance. www.floorsandingsupplies.co.uk
Mapei has launched a soundproofing system for solid and engineered tongue-and-groove wood floors, Mapesilent Slatted. It 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 is also designed for use on screeds which contain an underfloor heating system, and is also 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 said 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.
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
The Natural Wood Floor Co has introduced three new distressed engineered wooden floors which are said to highlight the character and charm of natural timber.
There’s no mistaking the genuine look and feel of wood when it’s full of visible textures, intricate grain patterns and accentuated deep splits, cracks and knots, says the company. That’s exactly what these new floors offer, in a choice of three finishes: Old White, Sand and Antique Oak.
The Old White distressed engineered oak pre-oiled reportedly combines the character of distressed timber with fashionable off-white tones, while the Sand distressed engineered oak pre-lacquered features mid-brown tones with the oak’s darker knots and splits.
The Antique distressed engineered oak pre-oiled is described as having a sophisticated rich, dark hue, which looks like it has developed naturally over the years.
Crafted from the finest quality engineered oak, using sustainable timber, these new boards are said to create bold and beautiful floors, which are full of character. www.naturalwoodfloor.co.uk
Oak Flooring Direct says it is passionate about all types of wood floors and flooring. Its experience in the wooden flooring and hardwood flooring industry dates back to 1967.
During this time the company has worked with commercial clients, installers, end users, architects and designers, as well as domestic customers, giving it an extensive insight into what customers need from their new solid wood, engineered wood and laminate flooring.
Its trained wood flooring sales experts help customers select a new oak floor, hardwood floor or wooden floor for their circumstances.
Oak Flooring Direct says it offers 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, OFD, Norskë and many more.
It’s goal is to supply ‘the right wood flooring product at the right price, first time’ with safe nationwide delivery as quickly as possible free of charge. Aftercare service and advice is also offered from its Bristol-based showroom, www.oakflooringdirect.co.uk
Osmo UK has expanded its established Polyx-Oil range with Polyx-Oil Tints, said to offer new and ‘exciting’ colour tones and to ‘bring a touch of elegance and glamour to any room’.
The range includes gold and silver tones which with a special level of pigmentation, reportedly achieves a glitter finish, especially when the sun catches it. Other colours include white, honey, amber, terra, graphite and black.
Based on the original Polyx-Oil product, it is said to retain the natural beauty and character of the wood.
Described as easy to use and apply, the Tints product is also designed as a DIY product. The floor is said to remain microporous and can be touched up to cover any abrasions.
Finishing floors with Polyx-Oil reportedly creates a durable and water and dirt resistant surface. The natural renewable ingredients in this product are said to guarantee an even colour spreading and an overall pleasing finish. Meeting the requirements of both EN 71.3 and DIN 53160, Polyx-Oil is described as suitable for humans, animals and plants. www.osmouk.com
Pallmann says that Pall-X 96, described as Germany’s best-selling lacquer, is now available in the UK. This single-component water-based lacquer is known as ‘Der Lack’ because it is fast curing and as tough as a two-pack. It is designed to be suitable for use in heavy wear areas and to produce a beautiful finish. It is only available from selected distributors.
Pallmann also offers training courses with advice on creating and maintaining ‘stunning’ wooden floors. The company’s experts explain the five steps for the installation, renovation and maintenance of wood floors. The training sessions (free to attend) are held at the company’s technical forum in Rugby. They provide hands-on experience for all aspects of wood floor installation including the new Pall-X 96 lacquer.
Pallmann states that its wood floor installation systems are fail safe when used correctly. That’s why it offers a two year warranty for people attending each of its five steps training courses. www.pallmann.co.uk
Parador has enhanced its ‘Classic’ laminate flooring range. Developments include block floors made of more ‘flowery’ timbers, oak wide planks in a matt white colour, plus rustic laminates that replicate old wood floors marked with clear signs of wear.
New 3-strip block floors produced with a special press plate are said to have a natural, authentic radiance. More ‘flowery’ timbers such as walnut, ash, larch or Wych elm show the block floors off in a new light. Matt finishes provide modern looks while wide planks with or without joints are said to increasingly be dominating the laminate flooring market.
Parador meets the trend for matt colours and looks with the wide plank range Oak Monterrey. The delicate, white limed effect brings out the grain and small knots, are said to create an elegant yet background effect. The decor Oak graphite-white has a ‘discreetly emphasised whitened wood character’. Meanwhile the Walnut natural wide plank is said to combine ‘rusticality with elegance in a rather dark shade of brown’, whilst Oak Tradition grey-beige offers modern living spaces a lively foundation in a light, grey-brown shade.
Ancient floors are the inspiration for the Oak Heritage range, presenting the image of a ‘gnarled wood floor that has broken up in many places with crosscut pieces implanted. The wide plank Oak Artdéco vanilla shows cracks that have been fortified here with colour contrasting filler. http://en.parador.eu
Quick-Step says its hardwood Variano range uses wood from certified FSC sources. The collection is said to achieve the look of reclaimed wood flooring, without the drawbacks of inconsistent finish and quality, and the difficulty of installation that can often occur with reclaimed wood flooring.
With Uniclic Multift said to facilitate fast glueless installation, Variano reportedly uses only the highest quality finishes to ensure durability, even in busy commercial premises. Two layers of high quality oil are designed to give Variano floors an extra matt and authentic look and it can be spot treated with Quick-Step Maintenance Oil as part of a maintenance regime.
Featuring Quick-Step’s latest Sawcuts surface texturing, Variano is constructed around a hevea core for stability and is supported by a full range of installation and matching finishing accessories. Said to be suitable for use over underfloor heating and in four oak finishes, Variano offers planks of 2200 x 190mm made up of varying width and length strips. www.quick-step.co.uk
STS Flooring Distributors is introducing a new range of competitively priced laminate flooring.
The products will feature in the new 200 page STS retail floorcovering design book to be distributed later this year.
The products are manufactured by Egger and include a mixture of designs from Egger’s Floorline, Emotion and Prestige ranges.
STS will maintain a reference to the Egger brand, but will also incorporate these products within its Elegance range. The full range of options is fairly extensive, but STS has selected the best looking designs to start.
Factors chosen by STS include design, texture and innovation. The look, feel and technical properties of the flooring must be convincing to maximise customer satisfaction, the company says.
The surface texture features Natural Pore, a synchronized décor giving a highly defined 3D appearance and touch.
Authentic oaks with Natural Pore surface alongside products with a Vintage texture are said to give a striking rough cut appearance, and feature in the 11mm products.
The R10 slip resistance properties enable the product to be recommended for commercial use. https://stsflooring.co.uk
SWI-UK presents Timba Floor as part of its long term brand development strategy of supplying high quality, innovative flooring from its group owned factory base in both Asia and Europe.
As such Timba Floor has added 12 new finishes to compliment the 2014 product offering, which now features over 50 oak engineered floors, including 5G planks, click herringbone and an extensive range of structural plywood based flooring all available in a choice of up to 16 on trend finishes.
Timba Floors’ 20mm European solid oak flooring is available in multi widths with enhanced features such as board length, European branded finishes and deeper bevels as standard.
For the summer of 2014, the company has launched a new 15mm solid floor range with Valinge locking technology. www.swiuk.com
T&R Floor Covering Distributors supplies a wide range of Kährs wood floors, now including new 2014 designs and collections, available from extensive stock.
Three new designs join the rustic Oak Artisan Collection, which each have a handscraped and brushed surface and bevelled edge. Grey-toned Oak Concrete, Oak Saw Brown and Oak Saw White join the seven existing floors, providing a wide choice of shades.
New floors also join the popular one-strip Classic Nouveau and patterned Renaissance Collections.
In addition, all six designs from Kährs new Capital Collection are now in stock.
All Capital floors are crafted from clean-grained sustainable oak, offering a contrast to the rustic designs.
T&R also offers a wide range of Kährs accessories and maintenance products, along with expert specification advice. www.trflooring.com
Tremco SF520 adhesive has been used to install parquet flooring in the refurbishment of the Parish Church of St Francis of Assisi in Charminster, near Bournemouth. Flooring contractor, UK Wood Flooring of Farnborough in Hampshire, also used other compatible Tremco to address issues including moisture ingress and unevenness of the surface.
A total of 450sq m of oak blocks set out in a classic herringbone pattern was also installed.
Gary Jamieson is md of UK Wood Flooring explains: ‘We had to lay over an existing concrete subfloor with some damp issues. We began by priming the surface with Tremco CS175, then applied SX302 moisture tolerant latex underlayment before ES100, single coat, solvent free epoxy membrane.
‘We laid the herringbone blocks using SF520 which is a versatile wood flooring adhesive. It isn’t just the finished effect, but the usability of the adhesive: the way it performs. It is easy to apply, can be used for most wood floors and has excellent performance characteristics including high bond strength and flexible properties.
‘There was quite a lot of intricate work. We carried out the contract over a five-week period last year and the church is delighted with the result. We have been asked to price another job.’
Tremco SF520 is described as an advanced polymer, single-component solvent-free adhesive suitable for installing any timber species or of engineered and solid wood. The product has also been tested to BREEAM requirements and is EC1 compliant.
SF520 reportedly has an open time of 20 minutes and can be used over most common substrates, including concrete, sand/cement screeds, calcium sulphate screeds, stone, metal, timber, and epoxy membranes; while being usable where underfloor heating systems are present.
WOODLife Flooring (UK) is reportedly used by a broad range of clientele, including many private residential customers, architects, interior designers, contractors and builders.
The company says it continually delivers interesting innovations in wood design and manufacturing in response to today’s ever changing design trends. It offers a selection of engineered boards, available in a variety of sizes including extreme wide and long boards. A choice of species including Oak, Walnut, Douglas Fir and Ash is also available in varying patterns, including Giant Chevron and Whalebone.
WOODlife’s new Bog Oak range is claimed to be creating a ‘real buzz’ with designers. These timbers have been engineered to emulate the rich, dark shades of natural oak timbers buried in peat bogs for many years. Available in grey and black, this product is reportedly being recognised for its design.
Amanda Whitehead, director of WOODlife Flooring (UK) says:
‘Whether the requirement is for a modern apartment, period property or a restaurant refurbishment, we work alongside clients to deliver inspirational, high performance flooring, something just that little bit different to the norm’. www.woodlife-flooring.com
This article has been reproduced from the Contract Flooring Journal website. You can find them at www.contractflooringjournal.co.uk.