In the British Library’s good books

STOPGAP Fill and Prime, a two component, cement-based primer from F BALL & Co, has been used to create a subfloor surface prior to the installation of floorcoverings, as part of the refurbishment of Grade I listed building, The British Library.

Rosemount Flooring UK Ltd. were subcontracted to install 800m2 of flooring in a total refurbishment of the library.

When contractors arrived on the site, the old floorcoverings had already been taken up to reveal a subfloor of raised access metal panels. Stopgap Fill and Prime was selected to fill in the gaps between the raised access panels.

Stopgap Fill and Prime is suitable for use over raised access panels and flooring grades of plywood, chipboard, MDF and OSB. It has been designed to have a thixotropic consistency, which enables joints between adjacent panels to be filled.

F Ball says Stopgap Fill and Prime sets rapidly and is ready to receive foot traffic in as little as 60 minutes. Once cured, the flexible nature of the product is said to accommodate movement within the substrate. It is claimed to offer exceptional adhesion to a wide range of other subfloor types. Kevin Roberts, project manager of Rosemount Flooring UK Ltd., said: “We use F Ball products on every flooring installation that we complete and we can always be sure that they will enable us to create an aesthetically pleasing and durable floor finish”.

F Ball’s Styccobond F40 high tack dual bond adhesive was also used to adhere the carpet in the library. Styccobond F40 is a solvent-free synthetic polymer emulsion adhesive, developed to provide a peelable bond for release underlays. It can reportedly also be used as a permanent or release bond adhesive when fixing carpets.
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