October 2015

​Our very own Roger Moore is on a not-so-secret mission to banish those technical woes

Vertically challenged?

Wall cladding is easy to install and looks fantastic when done right. However, it’s essential to do the necessary prep work, or the results can be less than desirable and there’s no magic wand to correct the error. It’s also the case that it’s easier to spot flaws when looking at a wall because you’re so much closer to it than you would be to a floor, which makes the need for the proper ground work even greater.

Perfecting the craft

The first point I would make is that installing wall cladding isn’t the same as installing flooring. I’d recommend wall cladding installation training, and advanced training for anyone who will be welding, whether someone was new to the industry, or the best flooring installer around. We have a huge range of industry experience amongst those coming along to our Altro Whiterock training school and have positive feedback on the tips and tricks you learn right across the board.

Level pegging

Before you start, making sure the walls are level is crucial. It’s best to install wall cladding onto a plaster board wall; putting it straight onto an uneven surface such as brick or block work means the weld will disappear into any gaps. This will not only look unsightly but it could create spaces that harbour dirt and bacteria which, in a hygienic environment, is not acceptable. Even for walls that appear level, it’s best practice to use A915 double sided foam tape under the joint to make sure that sheets have the same thickness. If one sits even slightly higher than the other, it will mean welding on an angle, which is harder to do and won’t result in a perfect finish.

A different approach

With flooring, we recommend grooving the edges out to weld once the flooring has been laid to allow the weld to take properly, helping to avoid it coming apart in the future. With wall cladding, it’s the opposite approach; the bevel should be done on a flat surface before the sheets are put onto the wall. This helps keeping lines straight and ensure the grooves are the same depth all the way along; it’s much harder to do once the sheet is vertical!

Another difference between installing flooring compared with wall cladding is that it’s best to use a compact welder as they’re much lighter and easier to use. Imagine holding a standard welder at arm’s length for any amount of time and you’ll understand where I’m coming from!

Final thought

A little prep goes a long way. Wall cladding installation is a great additional service to provide and it is straight-forward, just a bit different. If you have any questions, or are interested in attending our training school, please get in touch. 

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Posted: 26/10/2015 10:47:08 by Chris Edwards-Thorne | with 0 comments

Altro Aquarius provides safe footing for hospital

Over 1500m² of Altro Aquarius was used throughout Greenwich Hospital in Australia.  Altro Aquarius was developed for lasting performance in wet and dry, shoes or barefoot, making it the perfect choice for the physio ward and bathrooms at the hospital.

Achieving a pendulum test value of PTV ≥50 and Class B to DIN51097 for barefoot use, Altro Aquarius provides optimum lifetime sustained slip-resistance in wet and dry environments. It's a 2mm safety floor that has been extensively tested on a variety of shoe types to ensure top performance in a host of environments – bathrooms, changing areas and swimming pool surrounds. Anywhere you can expect a wet and dry floor environment. It's also easy to clean, with Altro Easyclean Maxis PUR technology, meaning it's at the forefront of safety floor cleaning.

Posted: 01/10/2015 00:00:00 by Chris Edwards-Thorne | with 0 comments

Altro provide the solution for healthcare environments

Watch this new short film, produced for the National Health Channel, featuring King's College Hospital’s Head of Capital Projects talking about our collaboration on the refurbishment of their new dementia-care ward and operating theatre.

Altro: Healthcare collaboration from Altro on Vimeo.

It highlights the importance of testing flooring for slip resistance and how we are a key influencer in the healthcare sector, shaping best practice within safe and hygienic settings.

Find out more about our durable, sustainable solutions for your healthcare environment here.

Posted: 05/10/2015 00:00:00 by Chris Edwards-Thorne | with 0 comments

Altro Wood Safety creates an inviting atmosphere

Manet Community Health Centre is a not-for-profit health and social service provider. Their goal is to help individuals achieve a healthier lifestyle. They currently have six locations in Massachusetts, USA, with one recently undergoing an expansion and renovation.

The result of their innovative design is a community health centre that enhances the personal experience of the patient and caregivers while ensuring operational efficiency and optimal facility performance. The new facility is warm, inviting and safe. A healing environment that will address patient comfort with wayfinding, healing art, privacy, dignity and provider communication in a safe, secure environment.

Altro Wood Safety in Bleached Oak was selected for safety, hygiene and appearance in all 26 examination rooms as well as some public areas throughout the facility. The realistic wood grain of Altro Wood Safety helps establish a traditional, homely feel; yet the cool grey tones allow it to blend perfectly with the modern interior.

The Altro Wood Safety range offers 16 wood-look designs, including classic, contemporary classic and on-trend - so you can vary the mood from cool and classy to warm and nurturing. Altro Wood Safety works well with contemporary décor such as metal and glass areas, mood lighting, vibrant colours and monotone themes. It's a great choice if you need to avoid any colour clashes with vibrant flooring or walling nearby.

The flooring features Altro Easyclean Maxis PUR Technology for long term cleanability and easier maintenance.

Posted: 29/10/2015 00:00:00 by Chris Edwards-Thorne | with 0 comments

AltroTect provides high shine for specialist car dealer

K C Car Sales are a specialist used car dealer based in the Dartford area.  The company needed to replace the flooring in the garage and workshop.  They chose AltroTect resin flooring for a 500m² area.  AltroTect was ideal for the specialist dealer as it provided the aesthetics, durability and ease of cleaning necessary for their business.

AltroTect is a resin coating with a gloss finish.  AltroTect is highly resistant to chemicals and abrasion, perfect for a busy garage and workshop. This twin-pack, solvent-free, high-build epoxy resin has a nominal thickness of 350 to 500 microns and should be applied in two coats directly to the substrate.

Posted: 15/10/2015 00:00:00 by Chris Edwards-Thorne | with 0 comments

Give a colour punch to your public spaces

Altro have upped the design stakes with Altro Suprema – it’s losing the II from its name but gaining 12 new colours including three ‘flake’ designs. Harnessing the latest design trends, Altro Suprema has been developed in consultation with colour consultants, architects and end users to create an up to date palette.

Altro Suprema is ideal for large, public spaces, where colour and design can create a powerful impact.

Altro Suprema has the sustained slip resistance and durability you expect from an Altro safety floor, without compromising on aesthetics. It gives you the colours you need for the design freedom you desire.

So from sophisticated Snowflake to bright Bee, the only limit is your imagination.

Posted: 05/10/2015 00:00:00 by Chris Edwards-Thorne | with 0 comments

Recofloor Newsletter 30 - October 2015

Recofloor announces winners of the Love2shop summer promotion

Congratulations to:

  • Ashmount Flooring Supplies, London
  • Birch Distribution, Sheffield
  • S & D Flooring Specialists, Hull

Each of these companies won a Love2shop Voucher pack worth £100 in the draw. Every flooring company raising a Recofloor collection during August 2015 and returning a minimum of either two full bulk bags or two full blue bins qualified for the prize draw. Throughout the month, a total of 37.5 tonnes in 43 collections were collected for recycling – one of the busiest months so far this year.

Birch Distribution’s Branch Manager, Nigel Maude comments:

“July and August were very busy for us because of school and college projects generating larger volumes of off-cuts. More fitters are coming on board with vinyl flooring recycling and once our new showroom is ready, we’re planning to hold a Recofloor event to generate even more awareness of the scheme.”

One of Recofloor’s newest members, S&D Flooring Specialists in Hull, is already benefiting from the ‘cost-effective’ collections. Accounts Manager Gail Andrews says:

“For what it costs, it’s really good and as the waste vinyl is collected, it’s something you don’t have to worry about. It’s also good for the environment and we are doing our bit to help.”

As one of the first flooring distributors to join the scheme and a busy drop-off site, Ashmount Flooring Supplies is finding its vigorous promotion of the scheme is paying off. "It’s working really well and fitters are coming in on a daily basis requesting new collection bags,” says Ron Burkett, Ashmount Flooring Supplies Managing Director.

“Advertising Recofloor on our price lists, monthly flyer and in our shop has helped to grow awareness and the word soon gets around. The fitters love it as they have a convenient and lower-cost recycling option for their vinyl flooring waste.”

Waste Carrier Licences - A Reminder

For Contractors in the UK

You should have a lower tier waste carrier’s licence to transport your own waste. Registration is free and renews automatically.

For Contractors in the Republic of Ireland

If the waste is transported in a smaller, non-skip vehicle of less than 1 tonne gross axle weight, then you do not require a waste collection permit.

For Distributors in the UK

If you have a drop off-site and regularly collect your customers waste to bring back to your site when your drivers are delivering new flooring, you will need an upper tier waste carrier’s licence.

This costs between £135 and £174 depending on where your main place of business is and needs to be renewed every 3 years. Registration can also be completed online.

Note: The rules on permits and licences vary slightly depending on which part of the country your main business is.

For further information and to apply for permits or licences, information can be found using the links below:

England

Environment Agency

Wales

Natural Resources Wales

Scotland

Scottish Environment Protection Agency

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Environment Agency

Republic of Ireland

Environment Protection Agency
National Waste Collection Permit Office

Coming soon to a screen near you

Watch out for Recofloor's brand new website, coming soon

The new Recofloor website will be launching in November, and will feature essential information to allow you to manage your collections and request bags online, and a few new pages you will love to have a browse around.

Recofloor recognises that the scheme's success to date has been due to the enthusiasm and dedication of our members. For this reason, we are inviting you to share your suggestions for the new website by emailing the team at: info@recofloor.org

Drop-off Site User Case Study

Recofloor has published a Drop-off Site User Case Study, featuring the three winners of this year's Drop-off Site User of the Year Award:

  • Eden Flooring & Interiors, Cornwall
  • Fantasy Flooring, Bristol
  • Westlinks, Hull

View the case study

With over 60 drop-off sites located across the UK and Ireland, Recofloor continues to grow and offers flooring companies and contractors a convenient and cost-effective route to recycle their waste vinyl flooring, that also helps them save significantly on disposal costs.

To find your nearest drop-off site visit www.recofloor.org or click here for the drop-off site directory.

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Posted: 04/10/2015 00:00:00 by Chris Edwards-Thorne | with 0 comments