Offices in Merseyside

F. Ball helps to create upstanding finish at Liverpool offices

Products from F. Ball have helped to create a professional flooring finish as part of a refurbishment to create new offices in Liverpool.

Contractors from HB Flooring used Stopgap Fill and Prime and Stopgap 1200 Pro smoothing underlayment to prepare subfloors before installing a combination of Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVTs) and carpet tiles over one floor of the building, totalling 2,500m².

Firstly, the wooden raised access panels were primed in the office’s entranceway and walkways, where the LVTs would be installed, and fill joints between panels. Contractors therefore applied Stopgap Fill and Prime over 400m² of the total floor area: all of the wooden raised access panels and a small section of the metal flooring.

Stopgap Fill and Prime is a cement-based primer with a thixotropic consistency, meaning it flows freely but sets to a gel-like consistency on standing.

Once the primer had cured, Stopgap 1200 Pro a fast drying and fast setting smoothing underlayment was applied to create a perfectly smooth base for the installation of the LVTs.

Styccobond F41 carpet tile tackifier was then used to install carpet tiles directly over the metal raised access flooring. The adhesive dries to a permanently tacky film, allowing carpet tiles to be removed easily should they need to be lifted to access the area beneath the panels or replaced. HB Flooring installed LVTs over the remaining flooring areas, comprising wooden raised access panels, which had previously been prepared using Stopgap Fill & Prime and Stopgap 1200 Pro.

Commenting on the project, Chris Helliwell, director at HB Flooring, said: “We’d never used Stopgap Fill and Prime before, but it did exactly what we wanted it to do and meant that we didn’t have to overboard the subfloor with plywood, which would have been very time consuming. This allowed us to hand over the project on time, despite delays getting on site.”