A high performance smoothing compound and adhesive from F. Ball and Co. Ltd.’s market leading range, were used in the recent refurbishment of an outdoor batting area at Paultons Cricket Club in Ower, Southampton. An ultra smooth and durable surface was required in the 300m² practice nets area of the cricket club grounds, and an artificial grass covering was specified to complete the exterior makeover.
To begin the refurbishment, contractors at Universal Flooring Ltd., based in Fareham, cleaned and primed the surface with Stopgap P131, ready to receive a 5mm application of Stopgap 850 Exterior. The worn subfloor required the specially formulated smoothing compound, to produce a sound and level surface on which to practise batting and bowling skills. As well as the product’s self-levelling properties, Stopgap 850 Exterior is unaffected by rain or frost when set and dried, making it the ideal product selection for external refurbishments that require an aesthetically pleasing floor finish, with lasting performance.
Contractors then specified water-resistant Styccobond F74 adhesive to secure the artificial grass carpet, supplied by JHS Contract Carpets, to the 300m² area. With an open time of 25 minutes, contractors had ample time to trowel apply the adhesive and place the floorcovering in place. A one-part, moisture curing polyurethane adhesive, F74 is ideal for outdoor flooring installations as it is resistant to grease and oil, as well as areas subject to surface water.
Terry O’Brien, Project Manager for Universal Flooring Ltd, commented on the installation: “We regularly use F. Ball products for our indoor installations, but using Stopgap 850 Exterior was a first. The guys were all very impressed with the products, particularly the smoothing compound, as it was just so simple and easy to use. The high quality result was exactly the finish we needed.