CASE STUDY: P&O Ferries installation

MARINE-certified floor preparation products from F Ball & Co have been used to deliver a refurbishment for several deck areas on one of P&O’s passenger and cargo ships. The work was carried out while the ship was in dry dock in Gdansk, Poland by Hull-based Total Flooring.

Having prepared the deck floors, where necessary, with Stopgap 1200 Pro floor levelling compound, contractors installed a combination of Tarkett iQ Granit vinyl, Polyflor Voyager vinyl planks, and heavy contract broadloom carpet.

Stopgap 1200 Pro is designed for use over old adhesive residues, without the need for mechanical removal of the residue or priming. It’s low-odour, self-smoothing and fast drying. Applied at a thickness of 2-5mm, the compound is dry enough to receive floorcoverings from as little as four hours.

Styccobond F46 pressure sensitive adhesive was used to install the vinyl floorcoverings. Tarkett iQ Granit vinyl was installed in the main corridors of the drivers’ deck, as well as in the crew’s mess. Polyflor Voyager vinyl planks were installed in one of the ship’s restaurants, which features a floor area of 220sq m on each side of a central buffet.

Styccobond F46 is a solvent-free adhesive that dries to a permanent tacky film. It is used to reduce the incidence of trowel serrations shadowing through thin vinyl flooring and is designed to give strong initial tack and a high bond strength, which continues to build as the area is trafficked.

The carpet was installed in the ship’s brasserie restaurant and the crew and drivers’ bars using Styccobond F3 water-based rubber/resin flooring adhesive and Styccobond F40 High Tack adhesive as part of a dual bond system.

Styccobond F40 is a synthetic polymer emulsion, which can be used to create a permanent or removable bond. Solvent-free and water based, the adhesive dries to form a transparent, permanently tacky coating.

A permanent bond is achieved by laying the floorcovering into the wet adhesive, while a peelable bond is achieved by allowing the adhesive to completely dry before laying the floorcovering or underlay.

In this application it was used to create a peelable bond between the underlay and the subfloor, so that the underlay can be removed in the future without damaging the subfloor.

Styccobond F3 was then used to adhere the carpet to the underlay. This adhesive has excellent wet grab with an early build-up of strength. It can be used for securing fibre-bonded carpets, hessian, felt, secondary latex and rubber foam backed carpets and cork tiles up to 3.2mm thick.

Commenting on the project, Neil Polson managing director of Total Flooring said: 'All of the F Ball products worked a treat on this refurbishment, which is important when you’re working so far away from home. It’s also good that the F. Ball range includes so many products certified for marine applications.'