A range of award-winning products from F. Ball and Co. Ltd, the UK's leading manufacturer of flooring adhesives and floor preparation products, have been used to create a high quality floor finish in renovations to classrooms and storage areas at Cornwall College Camborne Campus. Due to delays onsite, the overall building work was running behind schedule before the subfloor could be refurbished. Because of the tight time constraints, flooring contractors from Aztek Interiors selected F. Ball products exclusively to refurbish the 2400m2 area.
After removing the existing carpet and conducting a moisture measurement test throughout the building, contractors found significant levels of moisture to be present. The existing tiled floor was cleaned to remove all traces of contamination and then mechanically prepared to aid adhesion of F. Ball's ultimate waterproof surface membrane, Stopgap F77, which was used throughout the building. Effective up to relative humidity (RH) levels as high as 98%, Stopgap F77 is a two-part epoxy resin system that creates an unrivalled barrier against moisture in a one-coat application. With a working time of 30 minutes, Stopgap F77 cures in approximately three hours, which helped Aztek Interiors contractors to keep time on site down to a minimum.
Stopgap 600 Base, a deep section base compound, was used to raise floor levels in areas where the subfloor had deteriorated to an uneven state. Stopgap 600 is suitable for use in light to heavy-duty applications, and sets in as little as three hours.
F. Ball's minimum preparation, maximum performance smoothing underlayment, Stopgap 1200 Pro, was used to smooth floors across the campus. Voted Product of the Year by flooring contractors and industry professionals in the prestigious 2014 CFA/CFJ Flooring Industry Awards, Stopgap 1200 Pro is designed for use directly over old adhesive residues, including bitumen and carpet tile tackifiers. With a working time of 20 minutes and a walk-on time of just 60 minutes, Stopgap 1200 Pro was ready to receive new floorcoverings in four hours, delivering excellent time-saving benefits on the Cornwall College site.
Styccobond F41 carpet tile tackifier was used to adhere PVC backed carpet tiles to the finished subfloor. Providing a permanently tacky film, Styccobond F41 prevents carpet tiles from moving under normal traffic but enables them to be lifted and replaced easily when required, which will make maintenance of the floor across the campus easier in future.
Speaking of the work, John Hudson, Managing Director at Aztek Interiors, said: "Prior to the refurbishment, the subfloor was in the worst state that I've ever seen. I needed a waterproof surface membrane that I could rely on to tackle extreme moisture, and I needed products that would cure fast, which is why I chose F. Ball and will continue to use F. Ball products in future."