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Carpet & Flooring is offering VT 480, a new eco- designed heavy contract lop pile carpet tile claimed to combine outstanding performance with high standards of eco credentials by using 100% recycled Econyl solution dyed polyamide products as an integral part of the production process.

The manufacturing carbon footprint is reduced through the use of 100% green electricity. Air quality within the officesissaidtobeimprovedasthe inherent filtering effect of the carpet pile structure retains the dust particles until they can be vacuumed up from the tile surface.

VT480 is designed for heavy contract use and has a class 33 heavy commercial classification.


D e s s o has introduced Stratos Blocks and Ritz design-led carpet tiles, whileStratos tile has been restyled by widening the colour palette to 36.

With millions of sq m reportedly sold globally, Stratos is described as combining proven durability with exceptional value for money.

The ‘playful’ geometric design of new Stratos Blocks can be installed randomly. Available in three colour combinations, the range of commercial greys, anthracites or beiges all feature atleast two plain colours.

Ritz, designed for use on its own or with corresponding plain colours from Stratos, is said to have a luxurious
appearance with a playful twist.

Accent colours, set against a neutral background of two tonalshadesreportedly helps to create the look and feel of a fashion fabric. Background colours presented in bands of varying sizes are available in the same colourways as Stratos Blocks with additional blue background, while bright accent lines of red, orange, white, blue and two shades of green are featured.

As part of its Cradle to Cradle strategy, Desso is committed to achieving a point where all the materials in its products come from renewable and recycled sources.

Stratos, Stratos Blocks and Ritz collections are C2C certified and contain Econyl yarn, made from 100% regenerated nylon including post-consumer yarn waste from Desso’s Refinity process.

Three quarters of the restyled Stratos collection is made with 100% recycled content and the Ritz collection contains at least 97% recycled content.

The new ranges come with EcoBase, a carpet backing with a polyolefin based layer that is 100% recyclable.

CTS (CarpetTileSupplies), now part of the Durafloor Group, has over 25 years’ experience supplying high quality carpet tiles. Now with larger stocks, CTS can reportedly satisfy most requirements within 24 hours, nationwide.
The CTS ColourMatch service allows particular products or colours to be matched, resulting in time or cost savings for clients. CTS can also reduce environmental impact with its part exchange service, allowing customers to return existing carpet tiles for reuse, when installing new ones.

Heckmondwike FB carpet tiles were used in the refurbishment of the Wallis Building, which offers workspace for technology innovators and entrepreneurs in the former St Mary’s School in Nottingham’s Lace Market.
Developer Bildurn Properties, looking to create a durable, contemporary and eye-catching environment, consulted CFA flooring contractor member John Butler Contracts. The specification was for 90sqm of Heckmondwike Array fibre bonded carpet tiles in Lime, complemented by 15sq m of Broadrib in Willow.

Array is the latest addition to Heckmondwike’s range suited for commercial and education environments.
Claire Menzies from Bildurn Properties said: ‘The floorcoverings have helped us to create a fresh, dynamic and appealing working environment for aspiring entrepreneurs.’

John Butler who installed the carpet tiles, says: ‘We worked closely with Bildurn to find an eye- catching concept for its flooring that would create a contemporary, high tech feel. Array and Broadrib tile work really well together and their durability and performance offer them low maintenance, plus many years of service.’

The two products are supplied with a 10-year limited wear warranty. Both are anti-slip tiles, designed not to ravel or fray and their strong thermal properties mean they conserve heat. Both also offer acoustic properties to reduce noise pollution, making them suitable for multi-occupancy buildings. They can be cut on site without risk of fraying, which allows individual flooring designs to be created and installed with ease.

Broadrib, available in 24 colours, reportedly has a wider rib structure than some other fibre bonded carpets, creating a defined contrast in its texture.

Heckmondwike FB offers full technical support. All its fibre bonded products are manufactured at the company’s base in West Yorkshire, where it is fully certified to ISO 14001.

Interface productswere used in the refurbishment of the 8,500sq m library at Brunel University in Uxbridge.
Hannah Harper, Interface concept designer, said: ‘As well as creating a bespoke design, we had to select products that would provide durability for a university building to help disguise the effects of high traffic and

clean well.’

To demonstrate the chosen products’ durability, Interface asked staff and students to spillvarious substanceson samples of the tiles. The stains were then removed to demonstrate the products’ durability.

Ann Cummings, library services director at Brunel University, said: ‘We were amazed how easily the stains were removed from the tiles.’

Hannah added: ‘We selected products in blue tones to create a fresher feel, in a scheme we call Design by
Tile.Thisallowsustocreateshapes and patterns in the floor in an exclusive design.’

The chosen products included Lima tiles, used for most of the area, due to its hardwearing and functional credentials. Lima flooring was complemented with Furrows tiles with a textured loop design, creating a chunkier appearance as an accent feature in the break-out and café areas.

Barricade, a more functional flooring option, was selected for the entrance and reception areas. This is designed keep high traffic areas clean for longer, by trapping dirt that would otherwise be trodden into

the carpet.

Mapei says that to secure most carpet tiles it produces Ultrabond Eco Tack, a non- staining water-based adhesive said to yield 180-200sq m per 15kg unit. Ultrabond Eco Tack is supplied in a rectangular bucket, enabling the operative to dip a roller into the container and spread directly on to the subfloor.

As with the full Ultrabond Eco adhesives range, the product is solvent-free and accredited with the GEV Emicode EC1 for low emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC’s).


For further information on any of the products mentioned, contact the suppliers directly. And please remember to tell them that you read about their companies in CFJ:
CFS 01527 511860
Desso 01235 554848
Duraflor 0113 243 2131
Forbo 0800 0935 258
Gradus 01625 428922
Heckmondwike 01924 406161
Interface 01274 690690
Mapei 0121 508 6970

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