F. Ball and Co. Ltd.'s high performance smoothing underlayment, Stopgap 1200 Pro, has been used in the refurbishment of the Dutch branch of audio communications company Plantronics. Stopgap 1200 Pro offers a minimum preparation, maximum performance flooring solution, for use over subfloors which are contaminated with adhesive residue, without the need for priming or mechanical removal of the old residue.
After finding the existing sand/cement subfloor of the Research and Development (R&D) Centre at the Plantronics building in Emmen to be suitably dry, and the adhesive well bonded, contractors from Boer Vastgoed Groep BV applied a 3mm layer of Stopgap 1200 Pro to the 500m2 area. Thanks to the excellent self smoothing and fast drying properties that Stopgap 1200 Pro offers, the R&D Centre was ready to receive new floorcoverings after only four hours.
As an international electronics company the Plantronics R&D Centre required areas of conductive/anti-static flooring, incorporating a conductive copper mesh tape to protect against electro static discharge, which could otherwise create a fire hazard or damage electronic equipment. Contractors selected F. Ball's Styccobond F57 Conductive Acrylic Adhesive to secure new Forbo static control vinyl floorcoverings. A solvent free, fibre filled adhesive, Styccobond F57 has strong initial tack and high bond strength.
Speaking of the work, Frank Westen of Wonen of Weston Tapijt & Musselkanaal said: "This was the first time that we had the chance to work with Stopgap 1200 Pro, but it definitely won't be the last. The speed and ease of use that it brought to what would otherwise have been a challenging installation were vital for completing the job in time.
"Just as importantly, we needed an adhesive that was guaranteed for use with conductive floorcoverings, because we were working in an area designed for the development of new technology. For a job this important, we had to choose Styccobond F57."