Cardiff Castle

F. Ball products create unassailable flooring finish at Cardiff Castle

Products including Stopgap 1200 Pro levelling compound and Styccobond F49 Hybrid PS temperature tolerant, pressure sensitive vinyl adhesive, have been used in a resilient flooring installation capable of withstanding high temperatures as part of the refurbishment of Cardiff Castle visitor centre.

Flooring contractors were commissioned to remove old floorcoverings and prepare the subfloor prior to installing luxury vinyl tiles over a total area of approximately 200m2 in the visitor centre.

When planning the project, it was noted that the large windows in the visitor centre had the potential to result in solar gain with high temperatures and extreme temperature fluctuations, potentially causing floorcoverings to expand and contract, leading to tenting and gapping over time. For this reason, Styccobond F49 Hybrid PS temperature tolerant, water-based, pressure sensitive vinyl adhesive was chosen to install luxury vinyl tiles over the prepared subfloor.

Before this could take place, old carpet and ceramic tiles had to be uplifted. Contractors then mechanically prepared the subfloor to reduce the amount of adhesive residue remaining, and dust and debris left behind were cleaned off.

Next, Stopgap P131 general-purpose primer was applied to the subfloor, enabling promotion of the application characteristics and stop the unacceptably rapid drying of subsequently applied levelling compounds, in addition to preventing pinholing.

Stopgap 1200 Pro levelling compound, was then applied at a thickness of 4-5mm over the entire subfloor to create a perfectly smooth base for the receipt of new floorcoverings.

Commenting on the project, Marcus Howells, managing director at Marcus Howells Flooring, said: “We used Stopgap 1200 Pro because it’s a product we’re familiar with and can always rely on, and we wanted the subfloor prep to be absolutely perfect. This is reflected in the finished result; it looks great!

“We were conscious that the temperatures in the visitor centre may get quite high because of its large windows, so we planned to use Styccobond F49 to install the vinyl tiles because we wanted to be sure that the finished result would look perfect for many years to come. Our F. Ball representative assured us that this was the right choice.

“The work was a bit fast track. It had to be completed from start to finish within a week because the castle was being used as a concert venue at the weekend. The speed with which the F. Ball products allowed us to work meant that it took just a few days.”