Surface preparation – Bostik

SUMMER is here and, once again, the warmer weather will bring a host of new considerations for flooring contractors to take into account when it comes to subfloor preparation.
Warm conditions can mean drying times for smoothing compounds are significantly faster, and this combined with the prevalence of fast-track products in the industry today creates potential pitfalls for the uninformed and significant opportunities for those who plan ahead.

Hot tips

If site conditions increase to more than 20deg C, the workability of a smoothing compound can start to be reduced and the time available to spike roller will also become limited. To give yourself the best possible chance, try to schedule the task early in the day before temperatures start to rise.

When talking about rising temperatures, it isn’t just the site itself that needs to be considered, but also the conditions in which the product is stored before use. Get it wrong and this will have a massive impact on the performance of the product.

Keeping liquids in the van all day to get hot, using warm water from taps, leaving bags of products in storage where they’ll absorb significant heat – all these things should be avoided.

The fast-track solution

Time is of the essence for flooring contractors today, with modern-day working practices often dictating tight deadlines. One useful way to speed up the process is to get one person to mix and pour while the other applies the product.

Another way to achieve faster speeds is by using a fast-track smoothing compound. Specifically designed for projects requiring a fast turnaround, rapid curing smoothing compounds allow flooring contractors more scope to carry out complete projects in a single day, while reducing the need for artificial drying.

Compared to traditional sand and cement products, fast-track solutions limit downtime and disruption and help facilitate the early laying of floorcoverings, meaning building work won’t suffer costly delays.

Bostik’s Screedmaster Speed 30 has been designed for projects that require a quick turnaround. It’s said by the company to be a rapid-drying floor smoothing compound with a walk-on time of 30 minutes – reportedly making it suitable for modern flooring contractors who require a fast-track solution.

‘Formulated from the latest advances in cement technology, Screedmaster Speed 30 will smooth sound, uneven surfaces prior to the laying of decorative floorcoverings in as little as three hours, with a looselay time of 45 minutes,’ says the company.

‘Fast-track products such as Screedmaster Speed 30 have excellent benefits, but as with all solutions, it’s important to bear in mind potential risks to ensure their capabilities are properly harnessed. Basic planning is the best way to ensure their speed doesn’t take you unawares, and instead facilitates the smooth – and speedy – running of summer projects.’

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