Flooring is one of the key elements that influences the appearance and functionality of interior spaces. With innovations continuing to raise standards in the sector, The Hardware Journal looks at some of the new products on the Irish market.
Trojan grey laminates available from DS Supplies
DS Supplies Ltd recently added two grey laminates to its range of Trojan V-Grove abrasion class 3 (AC3) laminate flooring, Titanium and Toscana. Interior design trendsetters have been praising grey as the ‘new neutral’, since it does not overpower other colours. This, in turn, makes it versatile to work with. Grey wood flooring brings out the grain in flooring and the floor becomes a statement. This laminate flooring is also available in eight other wood finishes.
“Our Trojan V-Grove AC3 class laminate flooring is resistant to stains and household chemicals and is also impact resistant and non-abrasive,” a spokesperson said. “The AC3 class rating means it is suitable for living areas with intensive use and for commercial areas with light use. This quality laminate flooring is under warranty for 15 years. The overall plank width is 142mm and the thickness is 8mm. It comes with a licensed Uniclic locking system which makes it quick and easy to install. DS Supplies laminate flooring is also EU timber regulated which means that, placing illegally-harvested timber, and products derived from such timber, on the EU market is prohibited. The regulation applies to wood and wood products being placed for the first time on the EU market.”
This laminate flooring can be maintained with the Trojan Magi Mop and Trojan Spray Cleaner, the manufacturers advise. A floor gloss is also available. This can be applied with a cloth in a thin layer and allowed to dry for an outstanding shine, no buffing required.
W. Howard Group adds Kota to MDF profile range
The W. Howard Group, a leading medium-density fibreboard (MDF) profiles manufacturer, recently added the innovative Kota brand to its wide product range for the Irish market.
“As well as offering a superior service with an extensive stock range and delivery in five days, W. Howard Kildare manufactures and supplies the Kota product, bringing an exciting new factory-finished architectural profile option to the market – a new solution for skirting, architraves, door stops and linings,” a company spokesperson said.
W. Howard Group Managing Director, Graham Williams, who looks after the Group’s operations in the UK and Ireland, said: “The Kota product is unique in that it saves both time and money on a project – each profile is factory finished and requires a simple installation of fix, fill and finish.
“The UK and Irish markets have responded well to this addition to our expanding range and we look forward to developing the offering and continuing to provide more and more choice for the market.”
The application of advanced Eastman Cerfis technology to create interior profiles with a smooth, silky, ready-painted finish is unique to Kota. The coating technology allows Kota products to be as tough as they are elegant, according to the company. The spokesperson added: “With Kota, the installer improves procedural efficiencies significantly, reducing time and cost with a perfect finish every time. There is no need to paint Kota; once the skirting and architrave is on, that’s it, the job is done. The durable and colour-consistent range comprises factory-finished profiles, door linings and stops, available within just five days of order, with bespoke items quoted individually upon application.” The addition of Kota to W. Howard Group’s existing range of 198 core items provides the builders merchant market with a significantly-enhanced, impact-resistance profile that traditional fully-finished products cannot offer, according to the company.