Sika and SFS Intec
AS well as reportedly delivering a safe, smooth, hardwearing floor able to withstand the rigours of a heavy-industrialised environment, Sika is said to have supplied a surface which optimised a production plant’s natural daylight to significantly reduce the company’s energy costs and carbon footprint.
SFS Intec in Leeds, which manufactures self-drilling screws for timber, steel and aluminium applications, selected contractors Zircon Flooring to carry out the refurbishment of 7,300sq m floorspace at its plant.
To ensure the factory’s operations could continue without interruption, the installation was carried out in stages.
This meant out-of-hours working was required to meet the client’s strict deadline. The choice of new flooring system was vital to contractors to completing the project within the agreed timeframe, hence the selection of Sikafloor-263 SL, an ‘easily-applied, slip-resistant, multi-purpose binder with excellent mechanical and chemical resistance’.
Work on the floor’s refurbishment began in December 2016. Prior to the application of Sikafloor-263 SL, a two-part epoxy primer, levelling mortar, Sikafloor-161, provided the substrate’s low-viscosity epoxy resin.
Stewart Draper, managing director at Zircon Flooring, said: ‘As important as it was the floor we specified was durable and easy to apply, by agreeing to a light grey surface finish – one of many available shades in the Sikafloor range – the floor now reflects more natural daylight which also helps create a happy, healthier interior environment.’
The SFS Intec floor refurbishment was completed in June – to the agreed timeframe and reportedly to the client’s full satisfaction.
‘Owing to the Sika floor’s system easy application, durability and light-enhancing colour range, the production plant’s staff and its myriad of heavy machinery have a surface that will stand the test of time and improve the working environment,’ the company says.