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A sweet success

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

Multi-award winning company Moo Free Chocolates turned to flooring specialists The National Flooring Company for advice with their new factory. Due to unprecedented expansion, one the world’s leading manufacturers of dairy-free, gluten-free, organic and vegan chocolates needed to build a second, larger factory to help increase their production capacity and storage facilities.

Moo Free Chocolates The company, which was created in 2010, has been growing rapidly year on year due to increased demands for their chocolates and now sells to over 35 countries worldwide. The new factory, totalling 260m2, incorporates the main production facility, conche room, engineers’ workshop and NPD room.

Due to manufacturing and cleaning processes, the company was looking for a seamless, hard-wearing floor finish. During production, water cannot be used to clean the floors as the sugar within the chocolate will absorb the moisture and can cause the chocolate to bloom. As a result, the floors are scraped with metal scrapers, until a full clean down can be undertaken.

Aware of The National Flooring Company’s expertise within the industry, Moo Free Chocolates approached the company for advice on the most suitable flooring system. Upon discussion of their requirements the Pumadur MD system by Resdev was recommended and specified. The system is a heavy-duty flow applied polyurethane floor, topped with a smooth matt finish. The system offers excellent resistance to abrasion making it ideally suited to complement their operational processes.

The factory also integrates a new warehousing facility and the chocolate manufacturer was looking for a reasonably priced resin system to seal the existing concrete. A high build, solvent-free two pack epoxy resin was installed to 363m to provide a protective coating within the area.

Simon March, Engineering Manager at Moo Free Chocolates commented, “Having used National flooring on various projects previously around other blue chip companies, I was confident I would receive a great service at the right price with great results.”

For further information please contact us on 01778 343670.





National Flooring gets cosy with popular local hotel

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

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Situated in the idyllic County of Rutland, Barnsdale Lodge Hotel has been featured in the Sunday Telegraph’s ‘Fifty of Britain’s Cosiest Hotels’ as a popular choice for short stays as well as a serene wedding/party venue.

Steeped in over 250 years of history, Barnsdale Lodge Hotel offers a taste of country living at its very best. Located in the heart of the rolling English countryside and surrounded by Rutland Water Reservoir, the hotel is a tranquil rural haven, far away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Offering exquisite culinary delights, ranging from a la carte dinner menus and afternoon teas the executive head chef and team are busy and constantly on the move, therefore needing a fully functional, hard wearing non-slip floor.

Their existing quarry tiled floor was in need of an update and the client felt that the slip resistance wasn’t up to industry standards, therefore The National Flooring Company were asked by Ed Burrows, Managing Director to come up with an ideal solution that would work for them.

As a popular hotel and wedding venue, the demands on the kitchen are high and therefore the client was in need of a product that would minimise the downtime of the staff and cause as little disruption to them and their serving times. Following in-depth discussions, it was agreed that the installation would be undertaken over two back to back shifts meaning that the kitchen would only have to close for one day and one night. As part of the installation package The National Flooring Company disconnected, removed and stored all kitchen equipment; reconnecting upon completion.

To maximise the slip resistance of the floor the Degafloor FB system was chosen. The system which is a heavy-duty methyl methacrylate screed provides an outstanding slip resistant finish, created through the broadcasting of quartz aggregate. It has been specifically designed for areas that are frequently exposed to liquids or other contaminants that cause a slippery surface making it ideal for a busy commercial kitchen environment.

The services and installation programme that were provided by The National Flooring Company meant that the client could relax safe in the knowledge that they would receive a new kitchen floor with only one day of closure to avoid disappointing their guests and frequent diners.


James Bowie, General Manager Comments

“National Flooring have been prompt, professional and delivered a great product. The pre-installation planning was clear and informative and the install was on time and to a very high standard. Both our kitchen brigade and our hygiene consultant have been thoroughly impressed with the overall quality of the product provided”.

Creating a seamless finish between your floor and wall

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

Taking control of all your flooring requirements… Gourmet Game

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016


:: Installation requirements

The National Flooring Company were approached by Gourmet Game, a company based in Boston, Lincolnshire, that specialise in the wholesale of game products.

Following the decision to buy a new premises the owner contacted The National Flooring Company for some advice on a suitable resin floor finish for various areas within their new manufacturing unit including the chiller room and cutting room.

The client had concerns with regards to the suitability of the existing substrate and therefore as part of the initial consultation The National Flooring Company undertook strength tests on the concrete. The results highlighted that the substrate did not have the compressive strength needed to accept a resin floor and therefore a new screed would need to be installed.

:: Why National Flooring?

To avoid any split responsibility, Gourmet Game asked The National Flooring Company to take responsibility for the installation of the screed. Ardex A35, a polymer screed, was installed which then required a cure time of three days.

As part of the project scope the client had also requested that new drainage was included. With assistance from drainage partners, Component Developments, who manufactured the specialist drainage, The National Flooring Company were able to install the drainage as  part of the package.

The client had decided that Polyurethane was the appropriate system for the factory floor due to its hard wearing properties and ease of cleaning and as a result Altrocrete Excel HF at 6mm thick was chosen.

The full installation, including screeding, drainage and the resin flooring application was completed in 5 days ensuring that Gourmet Game could continue the fit out and open their new premises without delay.

Be At One Flooring Installation

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

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Be At One

Installation Requirements
With 31 bars currently located throughout the UK, Be at One offers city goers a chic and stylish cocktail venue.

The bars are located in busy city locations and frequently get a build-up of liquids behind the bar which cannot always be addressed until the end of the shift. As a result, the existing vinyl floors kept failing and therefore Be at One decided they needed to find a long term flooring solution that would fully tank the areas.

Why National Flooring
The Degafloor QT system which is installed with a coved skirting creates a flawless, and impervious finish which will hold any liquid spilt throughout the shift until it can be removed, without having any detrimental effect on the floor. The product cures fully within two hours of installation and therefore works can be completed with minimal disruption on either new developments or refurbishment projects.

The National Flooring Company offer a wide range of colours and therefore the client created a bespoke finish that was tailored to their needs and to fit in with the theme of their bars and existing décor.

Martin Scigulinsky from Be at One comments

“After using National Flooring on a couple of projects we decided we liked the Degafloor product and the ease of dealing with the
installation teams and how they work. The installations are always good and very slick, we will definitely be using them again”.

National Flooring provide resilient floor for London Brewery

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Expansion joint for complementaryThe National Flooring Company have provided a fit for purpose floor for London based brewery, Truman’s.

Truman’s were looking for a resilient floor that would stand up to the busy life of a brewery, and turned to The National Flooring Company for advice.

Jasper Hossack of Truman’s comments

“The National Flooring Company were absolutely perfect the whole way through the process. They gave us a great quote and did the install with speed, precision and care. Our flooring has a hard old life and has stood up to everything the brewers have thrown at it!”

The benefits of having a resin floor in a production area and therefore ideal for the brewery are:

  • Tailored slip resistance
  • Seamless finishes for excellent hygiene
  • Can be laid to falls for access to drainage systems
  • Quick curing flooring to reduce down time

All of these benefits helped The National Flooring Company and Truman’s Brewery find the perfect finish

Wow your customers with bespoke flooring designs

Monday, June 13th, 2016

Hoye07_-4636bCreate striking floor finishes that set you aside from your competitors. At The National Flooring Company we offer a bespoke sample making service that allows our clients to create unique floor finishes that make premises really stand out from the crowd!

  • Include corporate brand colours within your floor
  • Use floor colours to complement the interior décor of your premises
  • Create patterns and shapes
  • Demark areas with contrasting colours
  • Match to existing floor finishes

A floor alone can help transform any outlet and with striking, bespoke designs, The National Flooring Company can help you to establish a unique look to brighten up the summer .

We offer an endless range of finishes available from simple colours, to patterns or even a glitter finish to add a bit of sparkle.

As well as creating bespoke designs we can also match to current surroundings and existing floor finishes including vinyl, terrazzo and ceramic tiles. With our free bespoke sample making service we can help you to achieve your ideal, flawless finish.

Whatever your challenge, we have a fast fitting solution that can be tailored to your requirements

Call us on 01778 343670 to request your bespoke sample.

National Flooring meats expectations of local butchers

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

resin-flooring-installation-22Family run business Hambleton Farms grow naturally raised British native beef and lamb. Conservation and environmental integrity are the backbone of their farms, stock is extensively grass fed, supplemented by home grown winter feed.

Hambleton Farms is a small, established company with all of its sites located within East Anglia. As part of their growth, the company decided to purchase a new establishment at a new location based in Rutland. The company decided to renew the flooring in the kitchen & blast chiller as the existing epoxy resin floors had become worn and were in need of renovation and a new degree of slip resistance. Having researched various flooring options the company approached Degafloor for advice on a durable, resin flooring solution.
Degafloor asked The National Flooring Company due to their expertise to assist in helping Hambleton Farms find the perfect floor.

After discussions between The National Flooring Company and Management at Hambleton Farms the Degafloor FB system was chosen due to it’s hygienic, hard wearing and slip resistant properties.
The project was planned for a 2 day closure and therefore it was vital that the installation was effectively planned and managed to ensure the refurbishment did not exceed this.
Due to the quick curing nature of the MMA resin The National Flooring Company were confident that the flooring would be installed within the working window set out by Hambleton Farms and all equipment could be back in place ready for the client to get back to work immediately.
Following on from the successful installation The National Flooring Company were asked to supply Polyurethane flooring to one of Hambleton Farms contacts.

Ian Sawyer of Hambleton Farms comments, “National Flooring delivered an excellent service from start to finish and absolutely to the timescales we agreed. The Degafloor product exceeded our expectations in terms of quality and durability. I’ll be very happy to recommend this contractor to my industry peers”

National Flooring Supplies 5* Flooring to Top London Hotel

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

Jason Mitchell Photography 07794 378575

Jason Mitchell Photography
07794 378575

Rocco Forte Hotels is a collection of 11 luxury hotels and resorts across Europe. Each hotel is as individual and characterful as the city which inspires its design featuring a unique sense of style and ambience. Each venue houses luxurious rooms, fine dining experiences, class-leading facilities and a dedication to providing its customers with the highest levels of service.

Brown’s Hotel is a 5 Star luxury hotel which originally opened in 1837. Located in London Mayfair it is just one of the 11 hotels offering exquisite dining facilities including traditional afternoon tea and a restaurant serving modern British cuisine. With rooms starting from around £350 a night the 5* hotel provides its guests with a luxurious retreat experience as well as a fine dining experience within the well renowned Hix restaurant. Often frequented by well-known and influential people the hotel has a strong reputation to uphold.

In 2013 the hotel contacted The National Flooring Company for advice on various resin floor finishes. The brief was to provide fully functioning, high quality non-slip flooring throughout their food preparation facilities. It was also imperative that the installation did not affect their customers experience at the hotel.

The initial installation which included the pot wash area and back of house corridors was later followed by installations within the tea kitchen and the “Hix kitchen” which serves food of a high standard from the unrivalled Mark Hix.

As with any premises and in particular, ones within London, it was essential that the installation was precisely prepared and executed as it was crucial there was zero impact on the daily operational procedures of the hotel. Although the Hix restaurant was shut down for the renovation the other restaurants within the hotel remained operational. To minimise the closure period an MMA resin system supplied by Degafloor was chosen.  Due to the strong odours that are produced by the MMA resins it was essential to accurately plan the installation and devise a fail proof ventilation procedure. Failure to do this effectively could have resulted in negative pr, not only to The National Flooring Company but also potentially destroying the exceptional reputation built up by one of London’s most established hotels. Back to back teams were employed to reduce the closure time and minimise the disruption to the hotel and their guests.

The historic building itself presented possible complications due to the various different subfloors. The National Flooring Company knew that problems with the substrate were to be expected and therefore the team had to be ready to resolve the issues to avoid any disruption. The highly experienced and qualified professional installation teams on the job were able to resolve any issues that were identified quickly and efficiently ensuring there were no delays to the programme. From previous installations and core tests undertaken the potential risks were assessed. As a result, part of the project scope included The National Flooring Company removing all existing floor coverings and installing WBP ply to ensure the floor was well supported prior to the application of the resin.

To minimise the visual impact to the entrance of the kitchen bespoke samples were made to match the surrounding environment. To alleviate any concerns regarding the cleanability of the floor The National Flooring Company offered cleaning advice along with the correct cleaning equipment on completion of the project.

On completion of the project the hotel staff displayed an enormous amount of gratitude for the way in which the project was completed, despite the problems that occurred during the installation.

Andras Gyurky, Assistant Chief Engineer at Browns Hotel comments

“It was a joy to work with The National Flooring Company. Despite the difficulties we have encountered during the works they completed the floor on time and the result is impeccable.”

Video – See How Quick & Efficient Our Floors Are Laid – Installation COOP

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

Audio Transcription

This is one of the many installations we do, with the Co-Op in Lincolnshire. Yesterday the existing concrete slab was repaired by our shock blaster to create a key and remove any surface contamination.

It is essential to remove any excess dust from the concrete slab, in the way of sweeping and vacuum.

Once the sweeping and vacuum process is out of the way the floor is now ready to be primed, operatives mix the resins and the curing agents ready to prime the floor. The primer is applied by brush and roller. But alternatively can be applied with a squeagy.

If adequately primed, the floor will have a glaze on it. Once the primer has gone off, we will be addressing the joints. Flexible joining compound is inserted inside the joints and leveled about to define the degree of movement.

The body coat resins are thoroughly mixed with the aggregate powder, this thickens the mixture and also provides durability. Then pigment is added, which gives the resin it’s colour.

The body coat mixture is poured onto the floor and using a pin rake is leveled out to the desired thickness we then use a spike roller to remove any air from the resin, which could potentially cause pinhole marks.

Once leveled the floor is fully scattered with Decker Floor Flakes, chosen by the client. Once that is cured, the flakes are lightly sanded to remove any rough edges. Once that is done, the floor is swept and vacuumed to remove any excess flake and dust ready for the floor to be sealed.

Sealing is the final process, and the seal is mixed with the curing agents and the first coat of seal is applied with a brush and a roller. Once the first seal coat is fully cured, the floor is slightly sanded and once again any excess is swept away.

The second and final coat of seal is applied and within the hour the floor will be fully cured and ready for you.

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