F Ball and Southborough High School

A RANGE of high performance floor preparation products from F Ball has been used in the refurbishment of Southborough High School in Surbiton, Surrey.

F Ball’s Stopgap Green Bag smoothing underlayment and Stycco Flex flexible tube adhesive were used to create what has been described as a professional, lasting finish for the main corridor of the school.

By using products from F Ball, contractors were able to complete the installation of new floorcoverings within the timescale allowed leading up to the start of term.

Flooring contractors from Carpetwise Contracts were contracted by the school to refurbish the building’s central corridor, including the adjoining staircases, as the existing floorcoverings were beginning to peel away from the subfloor.

The new installation, which is part of a large refurbishment project at the school, required the raising and levelling of the main corridor.

After applying F Ball’s P131 Acrylic primer, contractors installed 3-5mm of Stopgap Green Bag smoothing underlayment onto the subfloor in order to create an even, smooth surface.

Stopgap Green Bag is a general-purpose, low-odour, fast-setting smoothing underlayment with ‘excellent’ self-smoothing properties. It’s said to be designed for use in light to heavy-duty applications, making it suitable for use in high traffic areas such as schools or hospitals.

Once the subfloor was raised and levelled, contractors installed the new Polyflor Vinyl floorcoverings using F Ball’s F44 solvent-free acrylic adhesive, which has been purpose-designed for adhering resilient floorcoverings.

Contractors then used the Stycco Flex high-strength, flexible tube adhesive to fix new stair-nosings to the refurbished staircases.

The adhesive, recently launched by F Ball, is said to be an easy to use, extra-strength adhesive, with high initial grab and a rapid build-up of bond strength. It’s been designed to secure stair-nosings and carpet gripper, PVC cladding, skirting boards and trims.

Commenting on the job, Pierre Alan, md at Carpetwise Contracts, said: ‘When we have a tight deadline, I’ll always use F Ball products, because you know for certain you’re using a product that performs exactly as it’s supposed to.

‘Stopgap Green Bag sets quickly, and leaves a high-quality finish, and Stycco Flex was the obvious choice for the stair-nosings as safety is a priority for any school project.’
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