Hot Or Not? It Does Matter For Your Flooring.
You probably already have read quite a few articles about working in a moist and humid environment but what about working in a hot and dry atmosphere? A London flooring specialist asked this question and he definitely has a point. During the hot summer, London flooring contractors may face some difficulties with the materials used for their projects. What are the problems that they can meet? Read on and find them out:
- Let’s start with the fast-track type products. London flooring professionals explain that the market is now flooded with them and that’s definitely not a bad thing – such products allow London flooring contractors to complete projects within a day. Smoothing compounds can be applied in areas that need to be used shortly after that and still be efficient – common areas in public buildings and apartment blocks, busy shops, etc. Such fast-track smoothing compounds are very different from standard smoothing compounds – they need to reach a sufficient strength surface in a short time, therefore, they are designed in a different way. What is the secret behind their fast setting properties? London flooring experts explain that the reactivity of the raw materials is very quick – the contractors have to be ready to act fast and yet achieve a smooth continuous flooring solution. The installer should also act fast so the whole process passes evenly and without hassle.
- An esteemed flooring company in London suggests that a team of two can do a good job provided with a spiked roller. One person mixes and pours the compound (and may spike rolling) and the other trowels the product out. Yet, there is another thing to be considered – the temperature. London flooring experts explain that any material that relies on reactions to cure are affected by the temperature – the differential of 10 degrees Celsius halves the time for a standard reaction to take place. A thing to know is that most products are based on 20 degrees Celsius conditions. However, in the winter this presents an issue and some London flooring contractors reckon these products are slow to work. But when the temperature starts going above this (during the warm months) another problem occurs – fast-track products can enter the range of being too hot to handle. The time for the spike roller becomes limited – this may results in not getting the desired smooth surface, therefore another visit to finish the project will definitely be needed.
- Another issue that should be taken into account is the moisture – if it is driven too quickly out of the product, it may fail to fully hydrate. This can lead to debonding of the material. What should we do when we get temperatures above 25 degrees Celsius? London flooring professionals say that how the product is stored before usage matters a lot. If they are stored in hot vans, they probably have absorbed heat which will affect the workability and reactivity of the product. Products that are considered ‘fast-track’ ones should be kept in cool and shaded storage area. This is why they should not be stored in vans during warm days. Believe it or not, too much airflow will not affect positively ‘fast-track’ products so in summertime extra airflow in the building should not be created.
To conclude, we should say that the use of ‘fast-track’ products is a remarkable development in the flooring industry. They facilitate the work of London flooring contractors and offer excellent benefits. However, these benefits have their limits so you should know them before you start your flooring project on a hot day!
Inspired by www.contractflooringjournal.co.uk