Believe It Or Knot
Wood & laminate flooring are a big sector of the market:
Arboritec AB of Sweden is launching its wood floor finishes in the UK. The company says it creates the latest ‘technologically superior’ finishes to help flooring professionals get ‘phenomenal results’. The finishes are built around two principal elements: Nanotechnology and Ceramic Silica. Nanotechnology is designed to create materials at ultra-small nanoscale. This reportedly produces finishing systems that enhance penetration, adhesion, strength and scratch resistance.
Miracle oil is a two-component floor oil designed to cure extremely quickly and give an highly durable surface. www.arboritec.com
Atkinson & Kirby says its new Diamond Plus Vintage Collection offers a reclaimed style hardwood flooring to complement its array of unfinished and pre-finished ranges. Made from quality European Oak, Vintage Oak Biscuit and Vintage Oak Slate have been hand-scraped and cross-cut respectively to achieve the reclaimed look on a new board.
This collection is designed to give the aesthetic properties of reclaimed wood in conjunction with the durability and wear of a new hardwood floor. Both Vintage Biscuit and Slate are said to be suitable for installation over underfloor heating. With Vintage Oak Biscuit measuring 20(5)x290x2200mm and Slate 20(4)x190x1830mm, the wider boards reportedly allow for plenty of character on each individual plank, with the 2200mm and 1830mm lengths adding to the grandeur of this Vintage collection.
Bamboo Flooring Company supplies premium grade bamboo flooring and accessories at competitive prices. Due to a fibre rating higher than any hardwood, bamboo is considered one of the hardest natural materials available for flooring.
Better still, the strand woven bamboo is twice as hard as normal bamboo, and therefore twice as durable, the company claims.
It states that not only does it design beautiful flooring, but it also uses the established Uniclic click system to ensure seamless surfaces and enable the interlocking of the boards to be as firm as possible.
Bamboo is described as the most eco-friendly alternative to hardwood. Being a fast growing grass (not wood), it can be harvested every 3-5 years compared to 25 years for most woods. www.bambooflooringcompany.com
Bona has launched new Traffic HD, a two-component lacquer designed to offer durability for wood floors 24 hours after application! The product is said to meet the performance needs of floors in areas exposed to extreme wear such as airports, shopping malls and hotels. Compared to already high performing, earlier versions of Bona Traffic, new Traffic HD also offers significantly improved scratch, scuff and chemical resistance, combined with a 40% lower VOC content.
Bona’s commitment to producing low VOC products is also reflected in the new Traffic HD formulation which has a VOC level below 5% and an almost undetectable odour.
The product is said to offer the same great levelling features and smooth end results on largest surface as did earlier versions of Traffic. It’s compatible with all Bona primers and the recommended choice when recoating UV pre-finished floors. The non-yellowing formulation is available in three sheen levels: Silkmatt, matt and extra matt. www.bona.com
Carpet & Flooring describes itself as one of the UK’s leading wood floor specialists with over 25 years of knowledge and experience. Large stocks of laminate, solid wood, underlay and accessories are held at the Midlands based head office for delivery within 48 hours to mainland UK.
Carpet & Flooring’s newest range is Bordz, which is FSC certified and European made. With an easy-fit click system, Bordz come in engineered or solid and available in various finishes and widths. www.carpetandflooring.co.uk
Havwoods has expanded its wood offering to include five reclaimed floors and seven reproduction reclaimed floors. The company says its reclaimed floors are all engineered to add stability and ease of installation.
Call for samples or go online to see images and new search facility giving details on almost 400 floors. www.havwoods.co.uk
IDS Tuscan Elite engineered flooring can reportedly be used throughout the home including kitchens, delivering a fashionable and aesthetically appealing look giving many of the same features and benefits of laminate, ceramic and vinyl flooring.
The product has a lacquered finish, air-dried for 48 hours offering durability and performance. During this process, the stain and lacquer penetrate into the board’s surface finish giving a more natural, less processed look.
Tested to Europeans standards of EN13329 and EN 02409 respectively, the AD48 lacquer, is reportedly proven to be more abrasion and scratch resistant compared to conventional oil finishes.
It also features the Välinge drop loc system, claimed to enable fitting 40% faster as a floating floor compared to click or tongue & groove options.
Tuscan Elite has a 25 year residential warranty. The Tuscan portfolio offers 47 flooring effects with a choice of species, textures and board widths. It is available ex-stock nationwide from IDS’s 11 branches. www.idsurfaces.co.uk
InstaLay self-adhesive acoustic undelays are designed for quick and easy installation of wood, engineered and laminate flooring.
InstaLay, with its Peel & Stick system, is described a high performance, cost-effective, acoustic underlay that eliminates the need for adhesive and nails, saving time and money by cutting solid wood flooring installation times by up to 50%.
The Peel & Stick system is claimed to reduce the ambient noise created from laminate floors and provide enhanced support for header joints and click system.
Manufactured using rubber crumb from recycled tyres and bonded with latex, it is described as a true ‘cradle to cradle’ green product and will not collapse under pressure or degrade over time.
Together with its durability and long term acoustic performance, InstaLay is designed for both commercial and domestic installations. www.instafloor.co.uk
Junckers says its new Saw Mill Oak has a rustic look with distinctive grooved saw marks. The rough, irregular transverse lines created by a band saw are designed to add character to the wood, with a patina that will reportedly only improve with age and use.
This new, unusual, textured finish is part of Junckers’ Custom Concept of customised floors. Many different colours, textures and finishes can reportedly be developed to match an existing interior scheme or set the tone as a one of a kind statement floor.
The service, which is said to have proved popular with architects and designers, is also available to homeowners.
Saw Mill Oak is made of solid hardwood oak in either a structural board or a wide board plank.
The floor is delivered untreated with a choice of on-site finishing treatments available. The floor can also be used untreated. www.junckers.co.uk
Kährs bespoke one-strip design and grey toned prefinish flooring has been specified at John Lewis department stores in Oxford Street and Norwich shops.
Kährs flooring has also recently been chosen for John Lewis Aberdeen, Bluewater and Croydon, as well as new John Lewis At Home, Tamworth.
Designed to create a natural, tactile look with a contemporary edge, Kährs bespoke floor has a robust, wide board format and rustic grain.
All floors specified throughout the John Lewis chain feature Kährs award-winning format. Based on the original design, patented by Kährs in 1941, the eco-friendly multi-layered construction uses sustainable hardwood down to the joint and fast-growing sustainable timber below.
This construction, combined with the glueless Woodloc joint, is said to provide greater stability, eliminates gapping and promotes fast installation.
The prefinish is claimed to give exceptional durability to footfall, wear and tear, and promote easy maintenance. www.kahrs.co.uk
LM Flooring says its new Europlank Midi Collection allows customers to stain, brush or hand-scrape to match particular design briefs. The product has a 1.8mm wear surface, still sufficient for one sanding if required.
When installed Europlank Midi is claimed to be indistinguishable from its thicker cousin and provides greater stability, lower thermal resistance (for underfloor heating) and a lower price.
All Midi boards use a plywood core manufactured from fast growing plantation Eucalyptus. The thin wear surface is said to ensure that the use of slow growing hardwoods is kept to a minimum. Dimensions are 1820×140 (or 180×12.7mm.
The product is now stocked at Havwoods for immediate delivery.
Mapei says subfloor preparation is essential to successful installation of wood flooring. It offers products designed to eliminate common causes of failures; contaminations from previous installations or failure to control free moisture within the subfloor.
For new and existing subfloors with residual moisture above 65%RH, there is Mapeproof 1K Turbo, a single component polyurethane surface damp proof membrane. It can receive a second coat or a primer and subsequently a levelling compound within one hour and will suppress moisture vapour release up to 97% RH, says Mapei.
Eco Prim Grip, a pre-aggregated primer, and Ultraplan renovation screed, a flexible fibre-enhanced self levelling compound, are said to give a solid, level and sound base on which to install wood flooring. Mapei also offers Ultrabond Eco S955 1K, a sililated polymer adhesive for installing most types of wood flooring. These three products are all EC1 accredited with low emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC’s).
Osmo Polyx Oil is a premium wood finish for solid, engineered or laminate floors. It is described as a high quality, water-repellent and tread-resistant finish based on natural ingredients.
Available in matt, clear, satin-matt and even tinted finishes, Polyx Oil can be applied by brushing the woods surface to achieve deep long-lasting penetration. The product is said to combine the smooth surface of conventional lacquers, and ease of application of a water-based finish, while eliminating inherent disadvantages of these types of finish.
The product is designed to create a durable, water and dirt resistant surface. Its natural renewable ingredients are said to guarantee even colour spreading.
The range includes Polyx Oil Tints with colours including gold and silver to give a glitter finish, as well as white, honey, amber, terra, graphite and black.
Parador says its new Eco Balance incorporates ecological aspects into material, production and style.
This product, according to the German manufacturer, targets a growing group of customers for whom health in the home and handling the earth’s natural resources responsibly is an important concern.
Eco Balance features six laminate and 15 engineered wood floors in various colours and wood types.
The company says it only uses raw materials from domestic, sustainable forests, which are turned into high quality floors after just short transport routes.
For production, Parador favours renewable energy and optimised processes, which conserve resources and are low on emissions.
This ethos applies equally to the selection of finishes and decors, which underline the character of Eco Balance.
Quick-Step has set up FloorAdvisor, a free online interior design tool to help customers decide whether to select laminate or real engineered wood. Although both floor types are similar in appearance, they have significant differences.
FloorAdvisor offers a step-by-step approach matching flooring with many tips and information accessible via the online menus for type, colour, size, joint, etc.
The new system even allows customer to simulate daytime or night-time to achieve an even more realistic idea of how the flooring will look. It enables customers to model their room to reflect the interior, including paintings, wallpapers, furniture, etc.
FloorAdvisor reportedly allows customers to upload photos of their rooms and decorate with limitless options and choose a matching floor.
Once the floor is selected a text balloon pops up showing additional information, ensuring that the parquet or laminate floor chosen is the most suitable floor for your requirements.
Source Woodfloors, founded in 2007, says it is one of the UK’s largest trade and retail online suppliers of hardwood flooring and associated products.
Source Woodfloors stocks a comprehensive range of solid and engineered woodfloors, plus the full range of Sikabond adhesives, Osmo and Blanchon hard wax oils, Bona lacquers and also accessories, oak skirting and mouldings, as wells as tools and floor cleaners.
Most products are available for next day delivery across the UK. The company only sells via the internet and its low overheads are reflected in highly competitive value for money pricing.
Source Woodfloors says its technical team will advise on any aspect of wood flooring projects regardless of where the material has been purchased.
Ted Todd has added two 20mm engineered ranges to its portfolio, Residence and Plancher Du Quercy.
Residence offers up to 3m long, 300mm superwide boards in four hand-finishes from cool crisp Linen to Ebony with strong tones of black.
Plancher Du Quercy has six finishes from cool hues of white and grey to the tones inspired by Nature’s tapestry of colours.
All finishes come in a choice of hand-finished boards or Parquet Du Versailles both hand-worked by skilled craftsmen at Ted Todd.
Both ranges are stocked and suitable for installation over underfloor heating.
Timbmet offers Lobo vinyl plank flooring, said to have the look and feel of real wood but with scratch and indentation resistance for commercial and domestic use. Its structured wood grain finishes reportedly provide comfort underfoot and slip resistance.
Uniclic profiled edges enable a glueless floating floor click installation. No underlay is required thanks to a cork backing layer that forms part of the standard board construction. Matching skirtings and stair edges are available in all finishes in the range. The 5mm click sheet is reportedly also suitable for wetroom areas as part of a gluedown installation.
Lobo flooring is offered in a range of colours and textures including Beech, Walnut and Oak as well as stone effects. It is said to be suitable for use in offices, shops and restaurants and comes with five year commercial and 15 year domestic use guarantees.
UK Flooring Direct says its Structural American Black Walnut engineered planks are offered in a ‘spectrum of colours’ in every plank.
Part of the Galleria range, the product is described as having attractive markings that add depth and dimension to the planks. With small to medium knots, small amounts of sapwood and limited mineral steaks, Walnut planks let the striking colour variations take centre stage. The range is finished with a durable satin lacquer said to give a protective layer for easier cleaning and maintenance.
Featuring a 4mm hardwood layer on top of 11 layers of high quality birch plywood for stability and impact and dent resistance, its planks have bevelled edges on all sides.
UK Flooring Direct offers fast nationwide delivery, free samples and online ordering. www.ukflooringdirect.co.uk
WOCA Denmark has launched a virtual showroom and support website to offer customers ‘information at your fingertips’.
The new online concept includes innovations ‘previously unseen within the industry’.
The website has also been ‘dramatically’ updated to include instructional videos on most products, data sheets and downloadable PDF leaflets.
The ‘virtual showroom’ allows viewers to change the colour of floors based on different treatments. It includes over 30 ‘how to do’ videos, plus information and data sheets.
New packaging features a QR code. A smart phone allows you to scan the code and link to particular products. www.woca.dk/en
This article has been reproduced from the Contract Flooring Journal website. You can find them at www.contractflooringjournal.co.uk.