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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.

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.

Posted: 06/08/2019 08:00:00 by Saloni Robinson | with 0 comments

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.


Posted: 13/08/2019 08:00:00 by Heather Mussett | with 0 comments

Endless possibilities for bus design

Got an idea for your bus interior that you’re just itching to try? With Altro, you’re not just limited to what’s on the sample card…

The question of the best design for a city bus is still a hotly debated one. What should be prioritised in terms of space? How to balance innovation with functionality? How do you make a design accessible for everyone using the bus?

Here at Altro, we have the expertise and the capability to bring any of your design ideas to life. Here’s a taste of what we’ve done so far:

Coffee shop chic

Choosing a wood-look product is a great way to take the industrial feel out of a city bus and make passengers feel more at home and in luxury. Ray Stenning’s design for Reading Buses, using Altro Transflor Wood, brings together style and functionality. With a lighter colour for the gangway and darker for under the seats, the use of Altro’s kit cutting service gives the interior a lighter aspect, without causing a problem for those with visual impairments. The more modern feel created with the flooring choice reflects the contemporary and innovative touches on the Reading Buses fleets.

Sometimes flooring for transport is chosen purely for its function, such as whether it’s easy to clean and so on. Actually, the right look and feel, and how it coordinates, is just as important as function and that’s why Altro Transflor Wood is the right choice for this project; it delivers both.

Ray Stenning, Best Impressions

Read the case study here.

Totally custom design


For their Versa and Solo demonstration vehicles, Optare fully customised their flooring design with a metallic product and flashes of colour using our kit cutting service. As demonstration vehicles, the highlighting of the product branding was a priority, but Optare also wanted to develop new ideas for giving the vehicles a bright, airy, and contemporary feel. Optare specified Altro’s custom design transport flooring in a sky blue with navy tramlines for the Versa, and metallic silver with lime green for the Solo. The vehicle names were cut into the floor which ensured that they were displayed prominently. All of Optare’s design objectives were fulfilled by using a fully customised design in an original and refreshing way.

We wanted to create a fresh, modern feel to the Optare demonstrator buses that would outlast rigorous service duties, and I think Altro Transflor custom design flooring achieves this really well.

Samantha Beeley, Designs and Concepts

Read the case study.

Chips ahoy!

Working a strong brand identity into a functional design doesn’t mean that the design can’t pop. When Tranzit Group designed their new buses for the Greater Wellington Regional Council in New Zealand, they needed a hardwearing design which encompassed their council colours. Tranzit Group ordered a custom design of Altro Transflor Chroma, with the chips in the flooring matching the brand colours of the GWRC. When combined with matching grab rails and seat moquettes, the result was a strong brand identity with a contemporary and hardwearing style.

Read the case study here.


We are proud that we have helped so many of our customers realise their design plans whilst keeping the safety and durability our products are known for. It’s not just colour we can adapt, but finish, too – choose from plain, chipped, or one of our Figura patterns.

Next time you have a design idea you’d like to see realised, get in touch with Altro!

To see more of the special flooring designs we’ve provided over the years, check out our social media.

Posted: 20/08/2019 08:00:00 by Heather Mussett | with 0 comments

A solution for every installation

The Altro rail portfolio is engineered with a range of materials to give you the best possible solutions for all overground rail applications – and it’s about to get even better.

For a wide range of flooring material options, speak to Altro.

Altro Transflor Tungsten – Acrylic HL2


Our acrylic product, Altro Transflor Tungsten, is the lightest, safest rail floor on the market. At 2.7kg per square metre and with a PTV of >40, Altro Transflor Tungsten is great for use on commuter trains, intercity trains, metros, high speed trains, airport transit shuttles, trams, and stations. Using acrylic means that we can offer higher fire compliance, without compromising on the weight of the product.

With new fuel technologies coming to the fore, saving weight is now more important than ever. We are proud to offer you an EN 45545-HL2 compliant product which will help you reach your weight saving goals, while still ensuring a safe and inviting environment for your staff and passengers.

Download the sample card here.

Altro Transflor Motus – High performance HL2, coming soon!


Want a sneak peek? Visit us at Trako 2019!

Look out later this year for our high performance rubber product, Altro Transflor Motus. With high performance EN45545 HL-2, PUR protection for ease of cleaning, R10 slip resistance, competitive weight and great ease of installation, we can’t wait to show you what we’ve got in store.

To find out more about which of our products is best for you, or to find out more about upcoming Altro Transflor Motus, contact your local Altro representative.

Posted: 28/08/2019 08:00:00 by Heather Mussett | with 0 comments