Weber - Levelling compounds
A STRIKING studio complex has reportedly been built in Coventry to meet the advanced engineering standards required of automotive manufacturer, Envisage Group. The company is an international design and engineering organisation that reportedly requires the ultimate style for aspirational product development testing under clinical appraisal conditions.
‘Brilliantly illuminated, air-conditioned and totally functional’, these studios are said to require perfectly level floors to match the precisely positioned chassis bed-plates installed to carry the vehicles, styling buck or interior trim pack. Saint-Gobain Weber’s rapid drying floor screed system has been used extensively in the establishment of these facilities.
The premises were created on a fast-track schedule which was said to require rapid attention to the studio flooring immediately after the chassis-plates had been installed. Zenith Contract Services of Coventry was on standby and had a team on site immediately. The three main studio areas amount to 650sq m of floor space. Thorough preparation was required, including mechanical grinding of high-spots; lowering of any metal anchor points; removal of all loose surface material and a final deep clean. The surface was then treated with a brushed coat application of weberfloor 4716 primer, a styrene acrylate dispersion primer that is said to enhance the bond of the rapid drying screed that followed.
The weberfloor 4655 industry flow rapid industrial screed and resin receiver was pumped to deliver full volume material as quickly as possible. This self-smoothing screed is designed to provide a hard wearing, durable floor where traffic abrasion is highest. It’s also suitable as a surface layer on industrial flooring. Weber says application is up to ten times faster than traditional screeds and the rapid drying properties enable forklift movement, or resin colour finishes, to be applied with minimal downtime.
At the Envisage studios, great accuracy was required to ensure that the main floor surface ran exactly level with that of the chassis-plates installation so that vehicles on chassis trolleys moved smoothly into place. Envisage chose to have a resin colour finish applied over the screed surface to add additional low light reflection. The size of these studios and the vast, smooth floor is said to add drama to the facilities.
Weberfloor 4655 industry flow rapid is supplied as a pre-blended, dry powder for application at a thickness of between 4–15mm. The benefits of a rapid drying levelling layer reportedly make it suitable for the application of epoxy or polyurethane coatings on both new and existing concrete, in new-build and refurbishment projects. It can be used to level and smooth a wide range of substrates including in-situ and pre-cast concrete, the company says.