August 2019

Don’t let your hard work go down the drain!

Our European Technical Services Manager, Roger Moore, is back with some guidance on installing floors around drains.

Don’t let your hard work go down the drain!

Installing flooring in areas where there are drains is a part of most projects. It’s a straight-forward process but if the right steps aren’t taken, it can result in water and contaminants getting under the flooring, causing the flooring to lift, and trapping bacteria.

The drains that you are most likely to come across are clamped down circular drains. In areas where there is a larger amount of water, such as communal showers, swimming pools and changing rooms, you tend to find linear drains. Whichever you are dealing with, the approach should be the same.

Cut in haste...

When installing flooring around any drains or manholes in a wet environment, it’s vital to lift out the cover and cut the flooring so that it goes down inside the drain until it’s vertical. This means that any liquids will run from the flooring and down into the drain.

Where it all goes horribly wrong is when the flooring is cut just inside the clamped down area, at floor level and, unfortunately, this does happen! Not only does it mean you can see the edges of the floor which looks unprofessional and unsightly but it means any liquids don’t run into the drain, they sit at the top and some will go underneath the flooring causing it to lift. It also creates the perfect environment for dirt and bacteria.

We often see this problem in refurbishments – particularly when replacing a tiled floor. Our floors are a great alternative to tiles; no messy, time-consuming grouting and no risk of bacteria being harboured in broken, cracked tiles or grout. It’s common for tiled areas to have a drain that won’t work with a vinyl floor - one that doesn’t allow the material to be fitted underneath it and clamped with a retaining ring. It’s really important to look at what’s there and replace the drain if necessary.

Fixing the problem

It’s pretty simple to avoid but something that could be overlooked, particularly if the installer is inexperienced. If you are the one called to fix this type of problem, there are a couple of things you can do. The first option is to install a new section of flooring that runs into the drain, after replacing the drain with a clamp type, cut and welded far enough away from the drain to avoid similar issues. The second option is to use weldable edge trims, such as gully angle or Visedge  fitted around the drain, which will allow you to weld the flooring to it. This isn’t the easiest option for a circular drain. In all instances you will need to replace a section of flooring. These solutions won’t be particularly attractive but will work; as usual, avoiding the problem in the first place is definitely the easier option!

For help with fitting Altro safety floors around a drain outlet, please speak with your Altro consultant- alternatively, we have a short video.

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Altro and Optare winners in the CFJ 2019 Flooring Industry Awards

CFJ/CFA Awards Winner 2019  

On 14th June 2019, Altro and Optare were awarded the Best use of flooring in Transport at the CFJ/CFA Awards, hosted by Michael “Eddie the Eagle” Edwards.

The winning installation was the Optare Versa and Solo demonstration vehicles with a striking design by design agency Designs and Concepts using Altro custom design flooring.

Altro Transflor custom design flooring installed in the Optare Versa demonstration vehicle

Optare wanted to exhibit new designs for creating passenger appeal to showcase at EuroBus Expo 2018 for their single decker vehicles, Versa and Solo. The design had to be bold and striking, giving a premium feel, whilst also being practical and easy to clean. This was achieved through use of the Altro Logo and Kit cutting service to create contrasting tramlines down the length of the buses, in a cool blue for the Versa and sleek grey and lime green for the Solo. The judging panel, consisting of Simon Jackson, Fiona Bowman, Richard Renouf and Richard Catt, were impressed by the quality finish and innovative use of colour flashes on the vehicles.

Read the case study here.  

With over sixty years’ experience creating floors for the transport industry, Altro are thrilled to be recognised for our work in this sector, and proud to share our success with long-term partners Optare.

Representatives from Optare and Altro accepting the award from Eddie the Eagle  
Left to right: Patrick Brennan, of Optare, Michael "Eddie the Eagle" Edwards, and Paul Leigh, of Altro.


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