Flooring and tiling adhesives - F Ball & Co

STYCCOBOND F49 Hybrid PS is F Ball’s temperature tolerant, pressure sensitive vinyl adhesive that combines instant initial grab with ultra-high bond strength to hold vinyl tiles and sheet in place across a range of temperatures. The water-based adhesive has been developed for use in conditions 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.

How does it work?
Formulated as a water-based adhesive, Styccobond F49 displays typical pressure sensitive properties once mixed and cures to deliver a high bond strength to hold vinyl floorcoverings firmly in position.

The water content of the formulation helps to slow down the exothermic chemical reaction taking place in the mixed adhesive, therefore creating a long open time and making the adhesive easy to work with.

Styccobond F49 was used to install luxury vinyl tiles in a residential property in Barrow-upon-Soar, which was exposed to extreme solar gain owing to having full-length floor to ceiling windows.

J&S Flooring of Leicester was contracted to install the 30sq m flooring in a new upstairs extension, where the chipboard floor had been over-boarded with moisture-tolerant plywood. Extreme temperature fluctuations can cause floorcoverings to expand and contract over time, leading to tenting and gapping, so in settings such as these, only the optimum products for tackling temperature fluctuations would do.

First, Stopgap 500 Micro floor finishing compound was used to fill in the gaps between the plywood boards. Stopgap 500 Micro is said to be a rapid drying floor finishing compound that provides a smooth surface to plywood, existing floor levelling compounds, sand/cement screeds and other rigid dry absorbent surfaces, prior to the installation of floorcoverings.

J&S Flooring then used Styccobond F49 Hybrid PS vinyl adhesive to secure the luxury vinyl tiles in place. With its instant initial grab combined with ultra-high bond strength, contractors were provided with the familiar reassurance of high initial tack and, when fully cured, the strength to hold vinyl sheets and tiles securely in place across a huge range of temperatures.

Jon 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. We were very pleased our F Ball representative recommended we try Styccobond F49 as it was extremely easy to use and allowed us to install an aesthetically pleasing, professional and successful floor in a room subject to significant temperature changes.’
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