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F Ball launches Stopgap 1600: Fast-drying smoothing compound specifically for underfloor heating systems

WHEN working over retrofitted electrical wired or water-fed underfloor heating (UFH) systems that are increasingly installed over subfloors as part of newbuild or refurbishment projects, it’s advisable to allow between 5-35mm of a smoothing compound above the pipes.

The amount depends on the type of system being installed and the manufacturer’s instructions (less is generally required for electrical wired systems).

This has led F Ball to launch Stopgap 1600, which it describes as a new fast-drying, fibre-reinforced smoothing compound that is formulated especially to encapsulate UFH systems.

Says the company: ‘The product is suitable for use over a wide range of absorbent and non-absorbent subfloors, including sand/cement screed, tile backer boards, concrete, plywood, granolithic, terrazzo, epoxy and polyurethane resins, ceramic and quarry tiles, as well as Stopgap waterproof surface membranes.

‘It can be applied between 3-40mm thick installed over internal subfloors in domestic and commercial environments, and is walk-on hard from three hours after application and ready to receive floorcoverings in as little as 12 hours.’

The company concludes: ‘F Ball’s entire range of smoothing compounds and adhesives are suitable for application over underfloor heating systems that are contained in a screeded subfloor. It’s recommended systems are turned off 48 hours before the installation of floorcoverings, during and 48 hours after.’

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