Slough Ice Arena

F. Ball adhesive saves ice rink installation

Styccobond F73 PLUS adhesive has been used for a rinkside flooring refurbishment at Slough Ice Arena. The adhesive was called upon to secure Norament rubber tiles on the walkway that runs around the outside of the ice rink.

Flooring contractors required a replacement adhesive after the original product specified for the job failed to bond. A site visit and recommendations from a technical representative for the local area resulted in a switch to Styccobond F73 PLUS to complete the installation.

Styccobond F73 PLUS has been developed to provide the high bond strength required to hold a wide range of textile and resilient floorcoverings, including rubber, firmly in place in areas that will be subject to heavy loads and high foot traffic, as well as surface water. It offers high initial grab and, once cured, it is resistant to oil, grease, and water, making it an appropriate choice for use adjacent to an ice rink, where water deposited by skaters leaving the rink will be common.

The 100m2 flooring area surrounding the ice rink had already been prepared by removing old loose lay rubber floorcoverings, and the subfloor cleared of contaminants, including old adhesive residues. A moisture tolerant levelling compound had then been installed.

A two-part epoxy damp proof membrane was then applied, followed by a moisture tolerant levelling compound, to provide a suitably smooth surface for the installation of the rubber floor tiles, using Styccobond F73 PLUS.

Carl Nicol, Chairman at Westcotes Flooring Ltd. explains: “We quickly realised the original adhesive wasn’t working, so contacted F. Ball, who arranged a site visit by one of their technical reps and he recommended Styccobond F73 PLUS for the job.

“The adhesive was great to work with, providing very good initial tack and a long enough working time to be able to lay the material into, and its fast-setting properties helped us to finish the project on schedule, despite the initial set-back.”