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Following our visit to a Setcrete Training Day, Technical Service Manager, Stephen Boulton, offers a masterclass in surface preparation and explains how installing a new floor may be easier than you first think.


BEGINNING When looking to install a new floor, initial planning and preparation is key to a lasting finish and performance. To begin any flooring project, a surface should be suitably clean, dry and ready to receive a new floorcovering. Moisture can be a fundamental reason for a new floor failing and, as such, it is advised that moisture levels be tested and treated where necessary. This is a simple process; use a digital hygrometer to test for the ‘Relative Humidity’ levels of a subfloor. If the reading is 75% or above, an appropriate waterproof surface membrane should be applied.

installation can be completed within the same day.


THE SETCRETE RANGE The Setcrete range comprises

of three levelling compounds, Setcrete Deep Base, Flexible and Universal, and Setcrete Acrylic Primer. All products are suitable for domestic and commercial projects, and utilise the latest cement technology to help estates and facilities teams overcome common flooring issues, such as repairing, levelling and raising floors, quickly and effectively. When determining the most suitable product to use, the key factors to consider are the existing subfloor type, the condition of the subfloor and the demands that the new floor will be subjected to.


MEGA GYM CASE STUDY Setcrete Deep Base floor levelling compound has been used to provide a lasting, level surface for changing rooms and exercise areas at the first Mega Gym complex in Dudley, in the West Midlands. The levelling compound was used to smooth and repair the 1,100m2

floor in the converted car

showroom. Due to the poor state of the existing subfloor surface, Setcrete’s high performance Deep Base levelling compound was applied at thicknesses of between 5-10mm to provide a smooth and level base ready to receive the chosen floorcoverings.


After ensuring the subfloor is dry, a coat of Setcrete Acrylic Primer will suitably prepare the subfloor and prevent the smoothing compound from rapid drying, causing cracks and imperfections on the finished surface.

With excellent self-levelling and fast- setting properties, Setcrete Deep Base can raise a subfloor by 5-50mm in one application and is suitable for use over a wide range of subfloor types including sand/cement screeds, concrete and ceramic and quarry tiles. Furthermore, the product requires minimal working with a trowel, has a walk-on time from just 90 minutes and is ready to receive a new floorcovering from six hours, meaning that a flooring

SHOULD I USE? Setcrete Universal is for use in internal areas that are subject to general, light traffic. This low odour floor-levelling compound can be applied at thicknesses from 3-6mm and offers excellent self- levelling properties.

Setcrete Flexible is a fast setting, flexible floor-levelling compound, for use over plywood and concrete subfloors. This product utilises the latest advances in cement and polymer technology to provide a fast track, professional floor finish and offers an extended working time of up to 30 minutes. Moreover, with a walk-on time of just one to two hours, Setcrete Flexible allows a floor installation to be completed quickly and efficiently.

Setcrete Deep Base is a high strength product for use where floor levels need to be raised quickly and economically between depths of 5-50mm.


AND TRAINING Setcrete training courses have been developed to provide an introduction to the use of these products for those who have limited experience in using floor preparation products or for those who simply need a refresher. Courses offer delegates the opportunity to use Setcrete products under the guidance of experts from the company’s Technical Department, who are able to offer advice on best practice and answer any questions.

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