F Ball - Refurbishment

PRODUCTS from F Ball & Co have been used to create a ‘textbook perfect’ flooring finish as part of a refurbishment for a new Amtico training academy in Coventry. These included F Ball’s Stopgap 300 HD levelling compound and Stopgap P131 general purpose primer. The flooring was installed in what’s now the reception area of the training centre.

First, ceramic tiles were removed from the existing concrete subfloor along with remaining adhesive.
A moisture test was then carried out to determine if the subfloor was dry enough to receive floorcoverings.

The test indicated that relative humidity (RH) levels in the subfloor were below 75%, and therefore dry enough to continue with the installation without the application of a waterproof surface membrane.

Before the application of a levelling compound, F Ball’s Stopgap P131 general purpose primer was used. With few exceptions, it’s essential to prime a subfloor before the application of a levelling compound or adhesive.

Priming absorbent surfaces, such as concrete, with Stopgap P131 helps promote adhesion and inhibits the unacceptably rapid drying of subsequently applied levelling compounds or adhesives. If a levelling compound dries too quickly, ‘pinholing’ can occur – tiny holes in the levelling compound at the surface, which look like pinholes or blisters once fully cured.

F Ball’s Stopgap 300 HD levelling compound was then applied to the prepared subfloor to create a smooth surface ready to receive the Amtico floorcoverings.

Stopgap 300 is described as a heavy-duty, fast-drying levelling compound with ‘excellent self-levelling properties’ and is suitable for use over a range of absorbent and non-absorbent subfloor types. Its heavy-duty applications make it suitable for use in the reception area of the training academy, where high levels of daily footfall are expected.

Applied at a thickness of 3mm, the compound is ready to receive floorcoverings in as six hours.

Slate-effect luxury vinyl tiles with beveled edges were then installed over about half the floor area using a solvent-free, temperature-tolerant vinyl adhesive with pressure-sensitive characteristics. The pressure-sensitive qualities of the adhesive meant floorcoverings were held securely in place while the fitter arranged the complex design of different-shaped vinyl tiles.

Finally, entryway matting was installed over 50% of the remaining area of the prepared subfloor, next to the doorway leading into the reception. Light-grey, PVC-backed carpet tiles were installed on the other half of the prepared subfloor.

Commenting on the project, Andy Heath, the main instructor on the job, said: ‘The job went extremely well. The result had to be perfect because it’s the Amtico training centre, and the reception is the first thing people see as they walk in. F Ball’s products helped us create a high-quality finish, quickly. Stopgap 300 HD is like no other heavy-duty levelling compound I’ve used before. Some heavy-duty levelling compounds are quite difficult to level out. Stopgap 300 HD flows easily.’
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