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The Technical Expert Talks...

Each week we sit down with our Technical team, to ask our experts a series of questions about the flooring materials offered by Flowcrete Russia...

If you have any questions that you'd like answering, feel free to drop the Technical Expert a question by contacting info@fcrete.ru

24.10.2012   Safe Footing Remains Top Priority for Facilities Managers

Here, Ian Jones, UK Marketing Manager for Flowcrete UK reflects on a week spent sharing the benefits of slip-resistant resin floor coatings at the Facilities Show 2012…

Having spent some time at the Facilities Show at the NEC Birmingham this week getting delegates involved in our GET MORE SAFETY campaign, it came as no surprise to find that anti-slip resin coatings remained a top priority for facilities managers servicing both industrial and commercial workplaces.

Displayed on our stand was a large infographic, illustrating the reality behind workplace slips and trips and the staggering amount this can cost employers whether financially or in lost time, production or efficiency.

However, of utmost importance to most facilities professionals engaging with our campaign was employee safety with the main question being what employers could do to prevent slips from occurring in the first place.

Resin floors can help to achieve safe levels of slip resistance – in both wet and dry processing areas. Most flooring systems from Flowcrete have a low slip potential based on specialist pendulum tests that are conducted in accordance with HSE and UKSRG guidelines.

An enhanced anti-slip profile can be achieved by installing resin system that offer either a textured finish or by scattering graded aggregates between coats. Systems that are particularly suited to this type of application include Flowcoat SF41Peran STBFlowfast Quartz and Flowfresh HF.

If the slip-resistance grade or profile of the final floor finish is not seriously considered, then injuries can occur, sometimes with serious consequences.

If you’d like to take advantage of our free Flooring Consultation service to evaluate how safe your existing workplace flooring is, don’t hesitate to get in touch with ourCustomer Helpdesk.

23.10.2012   If It Can't Stand the Heat...

Temperature change within an industrial environment can have an effect on a floor’s performance – but the right protective coating system underfoot can prevent costly damage on the ground…

Here, Nick Hyde, Technical Director for Flowcrete UK looks at the specification of floors and gives an outline of how high-technology systems can be installed under a diverse range temperature variables to preserve and protect environments.

"General purpose epoxy compositions are unsuitable where very high or low temperature applications are concerned. 

"A minimum 9mm thickness of rigid polyurethane screed will assist in resisting thermal shock temperatures ranging from minus 40 degrees Celsius to 120 degrees Celsius. 

"Additionally, 9mm thick polyurethane screeds will be resistant to very sudden changes in temperature, otherwise known as thermal shock.

"The flexibility of the polyurethane resin screed ensures that the floor will not crack or damage in environments that blow both hot and cold.

"Specifications for lower temperatures in general are easier to specify than higher ones. Where temperatures exceed 100 degrees Celsius, then polyurethane concretes are the most effective solution where high impact and abrasion resistance are also required, for example in heavy duty food plants.

"For the ultimate in high temperature resistance, I would recommend Mondéco TZ,although costly it will withstand prolonged exposure to heat conditions as high as 120 degrees Celsius."

For more information on flooring systems designed to withstand exposure to a wide spectrum of temperatures, contact our Technical Help Desk ontechnical@flowcrete.com

22.10.2012   Underfloor Heating - The Cool Option for Eco-Savvy Developments?

Last week at Ecobuild 2012 Flowcrete UK noticed a significant uptake in the interest being shown towards water-based underfloor heating systems. So much so, that we ran completely out of our Isowarm brochures on the stand…

With that in mind, we decided it was time for UFH to be the hot topic in this week’s Technical Expert column.  Here Kevin Storey, Managing Director for Isocrete Floor Screeds, which manufactures and project manages the installation of theunderfloor heating system, Isowarm, outlines some of the reasons why this type of heating is going from strength to strength within the commercial sector.

The drive towards ‘greener’ buildings systems in the UK over the last few years has seen underfloor heating increasingly becoming the product of choice in a wide-range of areas.

With the cost-effective benefits of systems such as Isowarm - including possible energy savings of up to 30 per cent compared to conventional radiator systems – the system not only cuts fuel bills but also helps create a better environment.

A major attraction of underfloor heating is its performance in terms of energy conservation attributes.

In general terms, the use of better thermal insulation within buildings, as well as the move towards condensing boilers, are indicative of the greater emphasis being placed on energy efficiency - and all fit in with the general characteristics of underfloor heating.

For example, underfloor heating is ideally suited to run at the lower temperatures that condensed boilers require to work efficiently. When people look at the various systems which fit in within the general parameters of today’s construction requirements, underfloor heating really measures up.

Furthermore, with designers increasingly favouring spaces free of clutter, the installation of underfloor heating is out of sight which frees up a considerable area that would normally be taken up with products such as radiators.

In terms of safety, there is no risk of injury from hot surfaces if the heating is placed underfoot. Furthermore, because some products such as Isowarm offer the ability to control temperatures in individual rooms, zones and pre-determined areas, the correct levels of heat can be delivered where they are needed.

One of the major factors we have found with Isowarm is the ability to deliver a ‘One Stop Solution’ with a single warranty covering both the underfloor heating and retaining screed. This is why we have launched the Floorzone package, taking the headache out of the specification process whilst ensuring all sub-floor components are covered.

Coupled with the professional indemnity for the design of Isowarm, as well as installation of the entire system - including the screed - by one licensee, the Floorzone system offers peace of mind and control for specifiers and users alike.