Tile We Meet Again
Stone & ceramic flooring is used in some of the most prestigious projects:
ESL Ceramics has a dedicated contract and specification team with a combined 60 years of experience in the tile industry working within the commercial sector.
Because of this, ESL is chosen as the preferred tile supplier for a wide range of specifications including hotels, retail chains, care homes and student accommodation schemes both in the UK and throughout mainland Europe.
The company says its extensive UK stocked ranges feature the highest quality polished, matt and anti-slip porcelain tiles, ceramic tiles, natural stone tile and mosaics. It can also source tiles to order through its network of suppliers around the world. www.eslcontracts.co.uk
Fila products have been specified at the £3m Orchard Spa complex in the Cotswolds to care for and protect a variety of Mandarin Stone surfaces.
Nestled within an arboretum and orchard of mature trees, the Orchard Spa spans 10,000sq ft and includes a 20m indoor pool, a clubroom, treatment rooms, gym, steam room and sauna. As part of the project, C&A Bennett Tiling installed wall and floor tiles, bespoke vanity tops and upstands, all treated with Fila products.
Surfaces specified included over 1000sq m of Mandarin Stone’s Basalt and Granite floor tiles around the Spa pool, within treatment rooms and throughout walkways and corridors. Mandarin Stone’s Polished Carrara Marble was also installed onto walls and vanity tops.
Atmospheric conditions contributed towards the natural manifestation of efflorescence, which was tackled using Fila Deterdek, while Fila Cleaner was recommended for ongoing daily maintenance.
Stone surfaces were treated with Fila Hydrorep, a water-repellent penetrating sealer, and stain-proofing Filafob. Combined cleaner, stain and wax remover FilaPS87 was also specified for periodic deep cleaning, whilst stain proofer, FilaMP90, was applied to marble surfaces. www.filasolutions.com
Kerakoll says the white adhesives in its H40 Eco range contain particles of Carrara marble, making them a purer white than those of most other brands.
The marble particles are produced from the waste material from Carrara quarries near to the factory which would otherwise be discarded as too small.
As well as the pure white colour, the Carrara gives a smooth texture to the adhesives, reportedly making it easy to spread and a pleasure to use. It is also said to make H40 Eco Marmorex and H40 Eco Ideal suitable for use with light coloured marble, natural stone and porcelain products as it avoids staining.
Kerakoll is committed to GreenBuilding, the practice of using construction materials that respect the environment, have low VOC emissions for better indoor air quality, prevent the proliferation of microorganisms and improve energy efficiency.
The H40 Eco range, like all of the company’s products, is formulated to fulfil this aim as far as possible without compromising the performance of the products. www.kerakoll.co.uk
Latricrete reports that its NXT substrate preparation products have been formulated using state-of-the-art European style technology to provide world class performance for a variety of applications, including self-levelling, patching and skim coating products.
NXT Level Plus is a cement-based, free-flowing self-levelling underlayment for use in levelling interior substrates. The rapid setting formula is said to produce a flat, smooth and hard surface for the installation of finished flooring.
Laticrete plans to launch these specialist products into the UK and European market after their US launch this summer.
European manager Jason Smith said ‘The UK market will certainly benefit from the technology that has gone into these products’. www.laticrete.co.uk
Mapei has developed a range of adhesives designed to be suitable for the installation of most natural stone.
For example Mapei Keraquick white, is described as a technologically advanced adhesive designed to develop its strength quickly and take light foot traffic after just three hours, allowing the stone to be grouted soon after fixing.
The company also offers Marble & Stone, a white rapid setting adhesive designed for the installation of natural stone including marble, limestone, travertine, quartzite and sandstone.
Its in-built flexibility is said to allow stone to be fixed to plywood overlaid floors and to floors incorporating underfloor heating.
Movement joints and sealing around adjoining fixtures, such as sanitary fittings, is still essential with natural stone.
Where an elastic sealant is used for this purpose, it is important that it does not stain or affect the stone which is why the company recommends Mapesil LM, developed for use with natural stone. www.mapei.co.uk
RAK reports that its 2013 Porcelain Collection includes a comprehensive range of slabs and tiles from marble-inspired Orion White Smoke, added to the mottled Lounge Collection.
The products are said to combine aesthetic and performance benefits, providing a surface treatment that’s easy to maintain, highly abrasion and stain resistant.
For a polished application, RAK’s Orion White Smoke reportedly creates a, spa-like feel with its grey veined marble appearance. Designs are available in an on-trend 60x60cm format as well as 49.4x99cm and 99x99cm slabs upon request.
Tiles can be installed across walls and floors, whilst slabs can be fabricated to create almost any surface – from bath surround, to step or window sill.
All surfaces measure 10mm in thickness and have a floor slip resistance of >50(dry) <24(wet). Other options include RAK’s Lounge collection, which comprises a wide range of porcelain tiles, slabs and decorative inserts. Both polished and unpolished finishes are available, in ivory, beige, grey and black shades, as well as mixed-tone mosaics. www.rakceramics.co.uk Schlüter-Systems supplied profiles for Liverpool’s new luxury Adagio Hotel. ABD Ceramics installed Schlüter-Rondec and Schlüter-Reno throughout the hotel’s bathrooms and kitchens. Tony Yates, owner of ABD Ceramics, said: ‘The hotel had no hesitation in approving these products and the result was an installation that went very smoothly, ran to schedule and created a finish that matches the rest of the interior perfectly.’ Schlüter-Rondec is a range of symmetrically rounded tile trim profiles available in a wide variety of materials, textures and finishes, which feature as a contrast or blend with the finish and protect tiled outer wall corners and other tile edges, for example the tile skirting. Schlüter-Reno is a range of profiles for stepless transition between floorcoverings of the same or differing heights, for example for the transition from tiles to carpeting. It is also designed to protect the edge of the tile and the adjacent coverings. The integrated joint spacer forms a defined joint cavity with the tile and is available in a range of materials, depths and lengths. The Adagio Liverpool City Centre features 126 fully equipped rooms from studios to two-room apartments. www.schluter.co.uk Tilemaster , a family business established for over 23 years, provides a national delivery service for tile adhesives, grouts and a comprehensive range of high quality flooring products manufactured on its own premises. Solutions to meet individual tiling needs are offered by experienced staff, and delivery is promised to contractors’ own premises or to site anywhere within the UK within 24 to 48 hours. www.tilemasteradhesives.co.uk Trade Price Stone claims to offer the UK’s largest stock of Brazilian slate, limestone, mosaics, pavers and fabrication slabs. Its stock-holding – in excess of 80,000sq m – and direct quarry supply reportedly enables the company to pass on exceptional cost savings. Trade Price Stone says it can also supply stone and floor installation materials direct to the end user – on behalf of its trade customers – eliminating forward carriage and cutting costs further. Based in Derbyshire, the company is an ISO 9001-certified family-run firm founded in 2007 by Simon Lloyd-Jones. Trade Price Stone sources quality material from reliable, global suppliers, based in Portugal, Egypt, Turkey, India and Brazil. Established relationships ensure ongoing supply of formats from 195x195 to 1200x900mm, in a range of colour tones and finishes. Portuguese limestone and Brazilian slate can also be supplied in made-to-measure sizes and finishes, to suit individual requirements. All materials are offered with standard three-day delivery, or next day by arrangement. Full containers of fixed or mixed products are also available, on request. www.tradepricestone.co.uk Ultra Tile says its comprehensive range of cementitious adhesives offers simple solutions that guarantee professional results. Established over a decade ago, Ultra Tile’s range of six cementitious adhesives is reportedly used nationwide. With a combination of single-part and two-part products, the company says it offers an adhesive for all types of installations, including timber substrates and swimming pools. It offers a standard set, ProSet SS and a rapid set, ProRapid PB. Superior adhesives are required for more challenging installations such as swimming pools and floors with underfloor heating systems. Keeping its range straight forward, it supplies two S1 classified adhesives, one with a standard set, ProFlex SP+ES and one rapid set, ProFlex SP. Situated between the two pairs is ProRapid RS, a multi-purpose trade-designed adhesive offering high-strength, rapid set, flexible characteristics. And finally, ProFlex 2part completes the six. This adhesive is made with recycled rubber crumb offering an environmentally-friendly alternative and is classified with S2 flexibility for use on timber substrates. All products are available in attractive colour-coded packaging that is easy to open and store after use. Ultra Floor also offers dedicated customer service contacts, a company owned delivery service, email confirmations and text updates, and bespoke marketing support. Ultra Tile is a brand of the Instarmac Group plc www.ultratileadhesives.co.uk This article has been reproduced from the Contract Flooring Journal website. You can find them at www.contractflooringjournal.co.uk.