F Ball & Co - flooring in retail and shopping areas

F BALL’s Styccobond F49 Hybrid PS vinyl adhesive, a development in temperature tolerant adhesives, has been used to install luxury vinyl tiles in Fosse Shopping Park’s food court which is subject to temperature change and heavy footfall. Extreme temperature fluctuations can cause floorcoverings to expand and contract over time, leading to tenting and gapping.

The formulation of Styccobond F49 limits movement and holds the floorcovering firmly in place.  Importantly, the adhesive also delivers the instant grab associated with pressure sensitive adhesives, which, until now, hasn’t been available for temperature tolerant adhesives. This makes the installation process quicker and easier.

J&S Flooring of Leicester was subcontracted to install the 45sq m logo-embossed flooring in the shopping park, to replace the existing damaged flooring.

First, the existing vinyl floor tiles were removed and Stopgap 1200 Pro levelling compound was applied, to create a smooth subfloor.

Stopgap 1200 is said by F Ball to be a low odour, fast-setting, fast-drying, two component levelling compound, suitable for preparing sound internal subfloors prior to the installation of new floorcoverings. It’s particularly suitable for use over old adhesive residues (including bitumen and carpet tile tackifiers) and doesn’t normally require the application of a primer.

Finally, to fit the LVTs, J&S Flooring used Styccobond F49 Hybrid PS vinyl adhesive. This new pressure sensitive adhesive offers what F Ball describes as ‘instant initial grab, combined with ultra-high bond strength, providing contractors with the familiar reassurance of high initial tack and, when fully cured, it develops the strength to hold vinyl sheets and tiles securely in place across a huge range of temperatures, withstanding heavy footfall typical of a shopping centre’.

The water-based adhesive has been developed for use in conditions, which are subject to extreme temperature fluctuations as low as -20deg C and up to +60deg C, such as conservatories or heavily glazed areas and is suitable for use over normal underfloor heating systems.

The pressure sensitive nature of the adhesive allows it to continue to build up strength following initial application. In addition, it provides an extremely strong water-resistant bond, allowing it to be used in areas subject to water and high humidity, including wet rooms.

John Wells, of J&S Flooring, said: ‘I’ve been using F Ball products my whole career, they’re reliable and always do what they say on the tin. Styccobond F49 was a perfect adhesive to use in this refurbishment as it enabled us to successfully install flooring in an area of heavy footfall and temperature change. Using this product alongside Stopgap 1200 Pro levelling compound enabled us to complete this refurbishment in just two days, despite only being able to work on the floor when the shopping centre was closed.’
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