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PROFESSIONAL’S CHOICE This summer, one of the world’s largest producers of PU underlay, Carpenter, will launch ProStep.

Designed to be the ultimate in heavy rated contract underlay, ProStep has been developed to compete with even the best crumb rubber products.

National Sales Manager, Helen Rowberry, commented: “We wanted to create a superior contract product that is a competitively priced, environmentally friendly alternative to crumb rubber, and ProStep is the heaviest PU available in the market today.”

Suitable for contract use, ProStep is an 8mm, 180kg/ m3

density underlay, which

is suitable for double stick applications.

Helen continued: “We’re calling it the ultimate professional’s choice because it is. It has been designed with exact requirements for the commercial sector and fitters in mind. Like all PU underlay, ProStep is relatively lightweight, making it much easier than rubber to carry – a growing appeal with many fitters. It also offers excellent heat insulation and is highly resilient and flame retardant.


STEP MASTER INSTALLERS With a reputation firmly established for providing new and experienced flooring installers across the country with first-class training, the Quick-Step Academy’s most popular course to date is the Master Installer programme, and for good reason.

Open to professional floor fitters up and down the country with at least two year’s experience of wood and laminate installations, the prestigious Master Installer course gives successful enrolees the eligibility to join the government-backed TrustMark scheme and one year’s free membership to the National Institute of Carpet and Floorlayers (NICF). It is these benefits that mean that places on the course fill up fast.

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The comprehensive course is structured around three intensive days, building upon existing knowledge of evaluations, screeds and adhesives as well as the technicalities of more intricate fittings. On successful completion of the course, trainees will have their full company details listed on the consumer-facing website

Other benefits available include a free two-year installation warranty that is only available to customers that choose to have their new Quick-Step floor installed by a Master Installer. A major appeal for homeowners investing in new flooring, this exclusive warranty provides the ultimate peace of mind. Master Installers will also be given the chance to work

“It is strong enough to weather the most demanding conditions, whether that’s an office building or a retail outlet with a high volume of traffic – ProStep is the product to cater to all requirements, ensuring a professional finish that will last the test of time.”

As with all Carpenter products, ProStep is made from recycled material.

Step Academy to provide services from its stores using Master Installers.

closely with Dulux’s interior designers, stationed across the UK, who specify nearly 50,000m2 of flooring per year and have now confirmed that they will use Master Installers for Quick-Step floor fittings. What is more, B&Q has now partnered with the Quick-

“It is clear that the Master Installer course is one of the most intensive, comprehensive and rewarding programmes of its kind in the UK,” commented Darren Robinson, Training and Development Manager, Quick-Step Academy. “Costing just £529 for all the benefits listed above, as well as ongoing marketing and sampling support and access to branded van stickers, work clothes and discounted tools, we are seeing a definite increase in the number of installers across the UK choosing to invest in the course and boost their businesses.”

The company’s growing commitment to the environment saw the launch of the UK’s first underlay recycling scheme last year which currently operates in 22 regions, including Scotland.

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