Bring Joy To The Weld
Major Monz on learning to avoid pitfalls in flooring
INSTALLATION issues may be the same the world over, but you might find solutions in unexpected places.
As everyone working in the flooring industry knows, there are many different aspects that can lead to a failed installation.
When I’m called out to a failed installation, the customer wants to know what’s gone wrong. Sadly, more often than not, the cause lies with the installation process itself. It might be incorrect detailing or poor subfloor preparation.
Over the years, our technical team has seen pretty much all of them – using the wrong adhesive in wet locations, poor detailing with no clampable gullies or drains. And that’s before we get to people not grooving before welding or trying to mastic corners instead of welding.
Part of our remit is to try to proactively teach and train people before they make these mistakes. Our expanded training programmes at the new facilities in Letchworth are a great way to learn from experienced technicians how to avoid installation pitfalls.
The technical team is also on hand to answer questions by email or over the phone. We can also visit a site to help with specific detailing queries or to show you tips and tricks if you are new to a particular product.
For example, my role is to provide technical support across Europe, which means I’m adding to our UK knowledge by seeing new or different ways of installing from different countries.
Of course, there are a lot of similarities about the way people work, and sadly installers face many of the same challenges wherever they’re based.
However, there are also some interesting differences that may be of use to installers working in the UK. For example, in Europe I see widespread use of the Swedish mitre, also known as the French mitre.
This is a way of installing in corners with no coving and no capping, and no internal or external weld. Instead, the vinyl is wrapped internally and externally, and there’s no joint from the foot or pad out on the floor.
It’s a strong detail as the weld is flat on the wall. From the examples I’ve seen it does appear to hold up particularly well in high traffic areas.
Major Monz is Altro European technical services consultant.
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This article has been reproduced from the Contract Flooring Journal website. You can find them at www.contractflooringjournal.co.uk.