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The UK’s leading manufacturer of flooring adhesives and subfloor preparation products, F. Ball and Co. Ltd., has launched Stopgap 850 Exterior, a frost-resistant, smoothing and resurfacing compound for outdoor areas. It is the first exterior floor smoothing product F. Ball has launched, and is a result of the company’s ongoing product development programme.

Non-structural, exterior grade Stopgap 850 is formulated to smooth rough or damaged external concrete or sand/cement screeds such as walkways, balconies and patios. It is ideal for preparing exterior concrete surfaces prior to the application of a non-slip

coating or external covering such as artificial grass. Stopgap 850 can be laid to falls, for example on gentle slopes such as walkways.

Unaffected by rain, frost or excessively high temperatures, Stopgap 850 is a hard-wearing product that can be left as a stand- alone exterior wearing surface and can be given a textured finish to further reduce the potential for slip. It is suitable for use in areas subject to vehicular traffic such as garages and driveways. In addition, Stopgap 850 can be used as a smoothing underlayment for internal damp subfloors due to receive a Stopgap waterproof surface membrane or Stopgap Isolator Membrane.

Stopgap 850 Exterior is a self–smoothing product with a walk-on hardness time of two hours at 20°C. The protein free, water mix compound is supplied in 25kg bags and will cover 2.9m2

at a

thickness of 5mm. The product can also be pump applied over larger areas - up to 900m2

per day -

depending on manpower, thickness of application and equipment used.

Commenting on the launch of Stopgap 850 Exterior, F.Ball’s Marketing Manager, Richard Harris, said: “F. Ball is continuously working to enhance its product range, demonstrated by launching our first exterior product.


Gradus has extended its carpet portfolio with the launch of Emphasis; a new range inspired by current trends within the contract interiors market featuring seven vibrant colours; gold, orange, red, green, sky blue, blue and grey, which will offer versatility and help to create a unique and contemporary design statement.

The colours can be used to create feature areas or to emphasise particular areas within a building, such as seating areas and walkways, as well as be used to highlight exits and access points, in line with Equality Act guidelines.


The range looks particularly striking when used to complement grey colours from other Gradus carpet ranges such as Stratus II, Brickworks and SqMile.

Emphasis is manufactured using 100% solution dyed nylon yarn and is supplied in either loop pile or cut pile, in tile format, providing a durable, low-maintenance floorcovering solution. The range comes with a 12 year wear warranty and each colour option has a light reflectance value (LRV) so specifiers can achieve visual contrast with adjacent surfaces, in line with Approved Document M of the Building

Regulations and BS8300:2009+A1:2010.

Karen Burman, Floorcoverings Product Manager for Gradus, said: “The Emphasis range has been designed in response to new market research with architects and designers, which highlighted that there is a

very strong trend for using bright, vibrant colours to complement darker, moodier grey tones such as charcoal and anthracite grey. Emphasis is suitable for a wide range of environments and offers durability, functionality, creativity and design.

The self-smoothing properties and frost- resistant formulation of Stopgap 850 makes it an ideal external smoothing compound or a stand-alone wearing surface.”

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