Software - F Ball

F BALL and Co says its recommended adhesives guide (RAG) app is the industry’s most comprehensive guide to floorcovering and adhesive compatibility.

In just a few screen taps, F Ball says contractors can match any of 5,500 floorcoverings from over 200 international manufacturers with the most suitable adhesive for their individual installation.

Every recommendation in the RAG app has reportedly been rigorously and exhaustively tested by the F Ball technical team, and most importantly, each recommendation has been authorised and endorsed by the floorcovering manufacturers for every one of their products listed.

Contractors can search for floorcoverings by name or by manufacturer and the app will reportedly offer the most appropriate adhesive recommendation, depending on the application.

For example, recommendations for carpet adhesive may include options for a permanent or release bond or for vertical installation. For an LVT installation, the RAG may offer the option of Styccobond F46 pressure sensitive adhesive or Styccobond F49 Hybrid PS adhesive, which is said to offer pressure sensitive characteristics, combined with extreme temperature tolerance (required for areas subject to extreme temperature change, such as heavily-glazed, south-facing rooms).

In each case, the individual or optional recommendations are guaranteed, F Ball says, to deliver a perfect, long-lasting installation, as long as contractors follow and observe the correct floor preparation and installation instructions.

In addition to recommending the correct adhesive, the RAG App includes a coverage calculator, which informs the contractor how much adhesive is required for a given floor area. This feature can also be used to determine the quality of levelling compound required, taking into account the depth of the specific installation.

In addition, it provides the same functionality to determine the quantity of primer required, whether it is being applied neat or diluted.

F Ball employs a full-time liaison manager, who works closely with floorcovering manufacturers to ensure that the RAG is maintained at 100% accuracy. New floorcovering products are added to the RAG throughout the year, along with new or updated F Ball product recommendations.

In all cases, floorcoverings and F Ball adhesive recommendations are reportedly thoroughly tested and proven, and endorsed by floorcovering manufacturers before they are included in the guide.

F Ball’s recommended adhesives guide has now been produced for over 40 years – originally in book form (in an A4 and pocket-size formats), before going digital with the widespread adoption of the internet. The RAG app makes it easier for contractors to keep the RAG with them at all times and have instant access to the most up-to-date information whenever they need it.

The RAG app is available as a free download from the Apple app store or Google Play.