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FLOORING M The experts at F. Ball & Co. talk us through fast-track soluti


Contractors installing floorcoverings in schools, colleges and universities often face severe time constraints, frequently having to complete a project over a weekend or during a short school holiday. Fortunately, advancements in subfloor preparation products and adhesives for floorcoverings now mean that, when required, installations can be completed in as little as a day.


To create a smooth base for floorcoverings, fast-track levelling compounds, which are 'walk-on' hard in 30 minutes and ready to receive new floorcoverings from 45 minutes, are now available.


Additionally, high performance levelling compounds that can be applied directly over bitumen and adhesive residues offer significant timesaving benefits for contractors undertaking refurbishment projects to a deadline. One such product, F. Ball and Co. Ltd.’s Stopgap 1200 Pro, takes as little as 60 minutes to set and is ready to receive floorcoverings from as little as four hours. In most applications, including when it is applied over old adhesive residues, it is not essential to prime beforehand, saving further time.


In applications where a moisture management solution is required to stop excess subfloor moisture damaging


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floorcoverings and adhesives and potentially causing floor failure, there are water-based systems, with a drying time of under two hours, which will create a barrier against residual construction moisture where subfloor relative humidity (RH) levels up to 95%.


Further advancements in flooring technology mean that single-coat epoxy waterproof surface membranes that provide protection against RH levels as high as 98% are also available in fast-drying formulations.


Used individually or in combination, these fast-track solutions can significantly cut the timescales in which flooring installations can be completed, allowing facilities to be brought into use as soon as possible.


CASE STUDY: A* REFURBISHMENT


AT STAFFORDSHIRE SCHOOL Fast-track flooring products from F. Ball and Co. Ltd. enabled flooring contractors from Basford-based B&P to refurbish a school hall in Staffordshire without causing disruption during term time.


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