Long Barn Garden Centre

The grass is greener with F. Ball products

F. Ball and Co. Ltd.’s Stopgap Fill and Prime two component flexible cement-based primer and Stopgap 700 flexible smoothing underlayment have been used to prepare the subfloor of Long Barn Garden Centre in Alresford, Hampshire, prior to the installation of vinyl floorcoverings.

Contractors from Porter Flooring were contracted to prepare the 170m2 chipboard subfloor of the newly built garden centre, prior to the installation of vinyl flooring.

The regional F. Ball representative advised the contractors to use Stopgap Fill and Prime to create a smooth, even and primed subfloor prior to the application of the smoothing underlayment.

Stopgap Fill and Prime is a cement-based primer suitable for use over raised access panels and flooring grades of plywood, chipboard, MDF and OSB. It has been designed to have a thixotropic consistency, which enables joints between adjacent panels to be filled prior to the direct application of Stopgap 700 Superflex on wood substrates or Stopgap 1200 Pro smoothing underlayment on raised access panels.

Once the primer had dried, contractors installed Stopgap 700 Superflex smoothing underlayment. Stopgap 700 is fast-drying, fibre reinforced, flexible and self-levelling. It is designed for use on plywood, sand/cement concrete and steel subfloors. Applied at a thickness of 3mm, it is ready to receive floorcoverings from as little as 3 hours.

Finally, the floor was spike rolled, to reduce trowel markings and prevent pinholing.

Commenting on the project, Mike Porter of Porter Flooring, said: “We always use F. Ball products but had never tried Stopgap Fill and Prime before. We are really pleased that our F. Ball representative recommended we use Stopgap Fill and Prime – it does exactly what it says on the tin and alongside Stopgap 700, allowed us to create a smooth, even subfloor.”