dries within 15 minutes and is pigmented yellow to aid coverage uniformity.


FLOORCOVERINGS F. Ball and Co. Ltd., has launched its System LVT range; comprising products the company recommends using in combination to deliver optimum results when installing luxury vinyl tiles (LVTs), which continue to grow in popularity.

The System LVT range is made up of Stopgap 300 HD heavy-duty floor levelling compound, Styccobond F46 pressure sensitive acrylic adhesive, Stopgap P131 general-purpose primer and the newly introduced Stopgap P141 primer for non-absorbent surfaces.

Stopgap P131 is F. Ball’s general purpose primer. It promotes adhesion and prevents unacceptably rapid drying


ON APPEARANCE Osmo UK Polyx-Oil Anti-Slip eliminates the possibility of any slips, trips and falls.

Wooden flooring is a highly attractive material for commercial and residential environments, but like any hard flooring material, it can become slippery when wet, resulting in a slip hazard where accidents are all too easy in these situations. Osmo UK Polyx-Oil Anti- Slip is an easy-to-apply finish which helps eliminate these risks while not disrupting the room’s appearance.

Applying a coat of Polyx-Oil Anti- Slip increases the slip resistance of frequently maintained flooring areas. The surface retains its natural appearance while the fine structure


of adhesives and levelling compounds applied to absorbent surfaces.

Launched earlier this year, Stopgap P141 is a fast-drying acrylic primer that has been specially formulated to promote adhesion between Stopgap levelling compounds and non-absorbent subfloors, including Stopgap waterproof surface membranes, terrazzo, treated power floated concrete, ceramic tiles, epoxy marine primers and well bonded epoxy and polyurethane coatings. It creates a hard, textured surface to enhance bond performance between non-absorbent surfaces and subsequently applied flooring preparation products. It is recommended for use where levelling compounds will be applied at thicknesses above 20mm as it’s better able to withstand the increased stresses that these exert when drying. It

particles in the finish prevent it from becoming slippery.

Alongside the makeover and anti-slip properties, the finish will also provide added durability to the flooring. Protecting the floor from everyday elements, including scuffs, stains and water damage, Polyx-Oil Anti- Slip also allows the wood’s surface to remain breathable, reducing the

Contractors should ensure a perfectly smooth and durable base ahead of installing LVTs. For this reason, F. Ball recommends its Stopgap 300 HD levelling compound as part of its System LVT range – for its fast- drying and excellent self-levelling properties. It is suitable for preparing sound absorbent and non-absorbent subfloors prior to the installation of new floorcoverings. Its high compressive strength makes it ideal for where designer flooring will be subject to heavy loads or high foot traffic.

Styccobond F46 is a solvent-free, pressure sensitive acrylic adhesive that dries to a permanent tack. It is used for securing vinyl tiles and planks to Stopgap levelling compounds, concrete and sand/cement screeds, plywood, flooring grade chipboard and hardboard. It is designed to give strong initial tack and high bond strength, which increases as it is trafficked. It also has an extended open time, reducing the risk of late placement and making it ideal for installing more complex designs and patterns. Styccobond F46 is also specially formulated to reduce the incidence of trowel serrations shadowing through thin vinyl floorcoverings.

chance of warping and cracking. Made from natural ingredients, the product provides perfectly complements the natural elements of the wood, nourishing the surface, and will not crack, flake, peel or blister.

Polyx-Oil Anti-Slip is available directly from Osmo UK and from its nationwide network of stockists.

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